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Slack: the hip and modern way to communicate at work

March 27, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by SlashGear

A lot of technologies have grown around the workplace, trying to ease the burden of collaboration, from cloud storage, to task management, to document management, and even video conferencing. Despite these advancements, however, a lot of the core communication that happens between members of a workplace still take place inside e-mails or instant messaging. That's not even considering yet the separate and disparate workflows that these tools impose. What if you could have just one virtual workplace to rule them all? That is partially the promise that Slack is trying to make as it undergoes yet another funding round.


OK, so maybe Slack, which seems inappropriately named for a tool that actually tries to make you more productive, doesn't yet embrace them all, but it's close to getting there, integrating over a dozen popular web services like Dropbox, Asana, and more. It may sound a bit complex, but it's all pretty simple: Slack gives you a single place where you can communicate with co-workers, whether that communication means sending text or sending files.

It may sound a bit like email, but Internet veterans will likely see Slack's inspiration as coming from IRC, the old Internet Relay Chat that is still currently in use by a lot of online communities and sometimes even offices. It's a particular favorite of software developers over rather unwieldy instant messaging apps and services. Even Slack's logo, a stylized pound/number sign, calls to mind that IRC root.

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