Slack

What started out as a company’s internal tool of communication slowly went global. That sums up Slack’s journey till now. The team-messaging application was being used by Stewart Butterfield’s company Tiny Speck for internal communication purposes during the development of an online game. But probably after sensing its vast potential, Slack was launched in 2013. It shot to prominence immediately, with 8,000 signing up for its service in just 24 hours of the launch. Though Slack is primarily used for organizational communication, it also gets used as a community platform. Microsoft Teams, which commenced operations much later, is a direct competitor of Slack, and is reportedly performing much better than the latter. However, Butterfield, Slack’s CEO maintains that their engagement rate is much higher than Teams.

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#BugAlert: Critical desktop hijack vulnerability detected in Slack; now fixed

31 Aug 2020

#BugAlert: Critical desktop hijack vulnerability detected in Slack; now fixed

Slack, one of the biggest players in the remote collaboration space, has fixed a major flaw in its service.

Now, Slack users can call those on Microsoft Teams

02 Apr 2020

Now, Slack users can call those on Microsoft Teams

In the wake of the COVID-19 situation, work communication apps Slack and Microsoft Teams have become the focal point for many businesses.

Soon, Slack might let you call Microsoft Teams' users

28 Mar 2020

Soon, Slack might let you call Microsoft Teams' users

As remote working continues to grow due to the coronavirus pandemic, work communication platforms Slack and Microsoft Teams are doing everything possible to give the best experience to their increasing user-base.

Amid COVID-19 outbreak, Microsoft Teams rakes in 44 million DAUs

20 Mar 2020

Amid COVID-19 outbreak, Microsoft Teams rakes in 44 million DAUs

As professionals around the world continue to switch to working remotely, due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease COVID-19, productivity platforms are reaping the benefits.

How to appear 'active' on Slack while working from home

19 Mar 2020

How to appear 'active' on Slack while working from home

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, companies around the world have allowed their employees to work from home.

Instagram is also getting a dark mode: Details here

25 Sep 2019

Instagram is also getting a dark mode: Details here

After Slack, Gmail, and Google Photos, Instagram has joined the long list of services that are getting a dedicated dark mode.

Finally, Facebook is getting its own dark mode: Details here

14 Aug 2019

Finally, Facebook is getting its own dark mode: Details here

Following the footsteps of leading technology giants and social networks, Facebook has started working on a dedicated dark mode for its main app.

Now, Google Assistant can read out WhatsApp messages for you

06 Aug 2019

Now, Google Assistant can read out WhatsApp messages for you

Google Assistant, the AI-backed digital helper from Google, is getting a minor but very useful capability - the ability to read out messages.

Soon, your Slack app will be faster than ever

23 Jul 2019

Soon, your Slack app will be faster than ever

Slack for desktop and web is getting a major update, one that doesn't bring any new features but revamps the entire infrastructure of the Slack experience.

Slack messages are going twice, reason remains unknown

28 Jun 2019

Slack messages are going twice, reason remains unknown

Over the last few hours, users of popular work collaboration and chat app Slack have reported a weird message repetition issue.

Why Microsoft banned employees from using Slack, other software products

24 Jun 2019

Why Microsoft banned employees from using Slack, other software products

Microsoft appears to have banned certain software products for its employees.

Slack issues apology after banning Iran visitors, expats: Details here

23 Dec 2018

Slack issues apology after banning Iran visitors, expats: Details here

Popular co-working platform Slack has apologized for deactivating accounts of users, who either visited Iran or expatriated from the country.

Workplace messaging service Slack is raising $400mn in new round

08 Aug 2018

Workplace messaging service Slack is raising $400mn in new round

On the back of acquiring its rivals just a couple of weeks back, workplace messaging service Slack is reportedly raising more funding, this time around $400mn.

Work messaging wars: Slack acquires rivals, wins the battle

27 Jul 2018

Work messaging wars: Slack acquires rivals, wins the battle

In a surprise announcement, work messaging platform Slack has announced that it has acquired rival HipChat from enterprise software giant Atlassian.

Google is the new Slack: Launches workplace communication tool

01 Mar 2018

Google is the new Slack: Launches workplace communication tool

Google has globally launched Hangouts Chat, a workplace communication tool, as a core part of its G Suite offerings.

Amazon in talks to acquire Slack?

15 Jun 2017

Amazon in talks to acquire Slack?

Corporate messaging start-up Slack Technologies based in San Francisco has reportedly been receiving inquiries about a potential takeover from tech giants like Amazon.com.