App of the Week – Slack
Published on August 17, 2016
It’s Slack, and it’s here to permanently change the way that we collaborate as teams online.
Slack bills itself as a way for professionals to “be less busy.” Media critics have called it a “workplace revolution.” But just what does it do?
Slack is essentially an all-in-one portal for digital co-working. It’s a communication app, allowing for instant messaging on public channels with your entire team, private group channels with just a few relevant team members, or with one colleague at a time via direct messaging.
It’s also a powerful file-sharing app, allowing you to quickly and seamlessly share images, documents, and spreadsheets via drag-and-drop upload or by syncing with third-parties, like Google Drive or Dropbox.
What’s more, it’s also a sophisticated task-management tool, allowing you to receive – and index and search – all of your notifications, projects, and messages, from across multiple apps, all in one convenient hub. Looking for a specific PDF from months and months ago? Slack archives all of your content, so that you can search within Google docs, PDFs, or word files to locate the all-important needle in your virtual haystack.
Ready to break out of your inbox and truly sync up with your team? Slack is available as a free download for desktops, iOS, and Android devices. Looking for even more power? Teams can upgrade to Slack’s paid plans, which offer additional features and controls, for just a few dollars a month.