Day off is preparing an update for your collaboration platform designed to encourage spontaneous discussions between co-workers.
At its annual conference, Slack Frontiers, the company announced a number of new features for Slack Huddles, its makeshift meeting tool.
Previously, Huddles exclusively supported audio calls, but Slack has now introduced the ability to speed up quickly video chats also. Other updates include multi-person screen sharing, emojis and reactions, and message threads arriving in the associated channel after the call ends.
Slack introduced Huddles in july last yearin an effort to provide a digital replacement for the “watering chats” that disappeared with the transition to remote work at the beginning of the pandemic. The idea was also to minimize calendar clutter, replacing formal meetings with quick check-ins.
The decision to limit Slack Huddles to audio only was originally designed to “reduce the fatigue associated with always being on camera,” but customer feedback prompted Slack to take a turn, bringing video and other advanced conferencing features into the fray. .
“As companies navigate this unexplored world of flexible working, Slack has been rethinking what new tools are needed for the digital headquarters,” said Noah Desai Weiss, Slack’s senior vice president of products. “New huddled coworking capabilities give teams deeper ways to collaborate and make decisions quickly without leaving Slack – or adding to our cluttered calendars.”
According to Slack, the collection of new features introduced in Huddles will give users a wider range of collaboration options depending on the content and purpose of the session.
In particular, the company envisions the additions will be used for the purposes of brainstorming, providing feedback and solving small problems, all tasks that are more difficult than text chat but don’t necessarily guarantee a large-scale meeting.
The new Slack Huddles features are still in development, but should be released to all customers in the fall.