Unified Communication and Collaboration company Slack is releasing a series of new features and tools as part of a redesign of its signature communication app.
The phased rollout of the redesigned app begins Wednesday and will continue for the next several weeks along with a complementary mobile version, the company announced.
In a statement, the company said the average user spends more than nine hours each workday connected to Slack and about 90 minutes of active use. That adds up to more than 5 billion actions each week.
“Every person on every team—centrally located or remote, technical or not—should be able to take advantage of the platform and collaborate together,” the company said in the post. “That’s why we’re releasing a simpler, more organized experience for our users.”
Here are some new features coming to Slack:
- A new navigation bar that allows users to search across channels and organizations
- A new feature for users to discover key conversations, files, apps and other content
- The ability to start a message anywhere with a new compose button
- Organization features that let users organize channels, messages and apps into folders
- App shortcuts to save users time
The changes center around making Slack easier to use, the company says. The new navigation bar allows users to more quickly search Slack and toggle between conversations, and key information like mentions, files, people and apps are easier located.
A new “compose” button provides a more convenient way to begin writing a message, and that draft will be saved if you leave the window, the company says.
Users in paid plans will be able to organize channels, direct messages and apps into customizable sections to help workers prioritize and organize their communications.
A new app shortcut function will make it easier to start meetings, create a customer support ticket and make collaborative decisions.
Altogether, these improvements make it easier for anyone to use Slack, adapt it to how they work and access essential tools,” the company said.