Slack Begins Rolling Out Video and Audio Clips

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This huge launch is a part of Slack’s efforts to make it easier for users to connect and counter video meeting fatigue with asynchronous communications. It is said that “GoSlack” will be coming next year for public users.

Slack is rolling a video out and a messaging tool that allows the workers to send short recordings to their colleagues instead of any lengthy meetings like the latest growing trend is towards “asynchronous” communications. 

Various users create short recordings like “Clips”- that they can send via direct messages or be accessed by colleagues whenever it is convenient. This becomes easy for the recipients as well as they can respond in whatever manner they want to, be it video, audio, or text. 

The clips can be viewed according to their convenience like they can be live-captioned, slowed down, or sped up as desired whenever they are accessed. In slack’s app, you can also search the text from automatically generated transcriptions of the videos and audios. 

For certain purposes, the recordings can also be replaced with video meetings that allow the attendees to find some time in their busy calendar that is a challenge exacerbated by remote workers who may work across various time zones, or the people who have flexible schedules. Rather than planning a team video call for a daily status update, slack users can record a short video outlining their ongoing progress. Even if a presentation is recorded about meeting a goal that can be shared across the company in an engaging manner, it would create a huge impact in comparison to the written message. 

Noah Weiss, Slack’s vice president of the product says, “Clips are a very easy way to record a video natively recorded video, and audio and optionally a screen share in slack”. He further adds, “ it takes what slack has always been great at this flexible shifting between asynchronous and synchronous communication- and adds a new layer of texture and expressivity on top”. 

The latest plan of the slack is the launch so that they can broaden the ways users can work within its platform, which helps to counter the video meeting fatigue that has been most common during the pandemic that led to the rise of remote work. It lets the users jump into the real-time audio channels for more spontaneous and informal conversations. 

Wayne Kurtzman, the research director at IDC says, “Slack is making it easier to communicate in more ways — text, audio, and video — and each becoming part of the team record”. He further adds, “While some may see this as gimmicky, people are using these emerging forms of communication; Slack is keeping up with how people communicate outside of work. That is a plus for longer-term adoption and retention.”

The slack clips are available easily, and the feature would be given to the paid users this fall. 

Slack Connect Sponsored Connections 

Slack also announced that the availability of sponsored connections for slack connect to make it easier for various businesses to collaborate with external partners, clients, and customers at Dreamforce

Slack connect was launched last year, it enabled up to 20 individual companies to chat and share files in a single dedicated channel, rather than setting any guest accounts. More than 90,000 organizations are now using Slack Connect. 

Earlier, the access was given to only paid customers, this meant all the parties needed a subscription to enter a shared channel connect. So, the good news is that this fall, customers of Slack’s premium business product-Enterprise Grid- will be able to host external partners without requiring to pay for Slack. 

These external users will also be able to use Paid Slack features, such as Huddles, and “Clips”, when they are collaborating within a sponsored Slack Connect shared channel. Outside the shared channel, the users will be given the same access to the product features as to the free users. 

Another Addition- GovSlack Arrives ‘22

Slack has also previewed GovSlack, this enables the public sector customers to meet the government’s stringent government compliance demands when they are using the collaboration tools.   

Slack has been “government ready” for quite some time now. The GovSlack makes the proposition more clear to the public sector customers. This will help in saving some time, telling Salesforce from having to explain that Slack is government-ready. It will be easy to convince that they can solve the needs that the government buyers are trying to solve. 

GovSlack will be available to Enterprise Grid Customers Next Year. 

It’s Slack in a walled GovSlack island that you can’t get out of, but you can work with many other agencies and companies within it,

said Weiss.

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