Slack is rolling out the highly anticipated Slack Connect, which promises to make communications between companies, partners and customers more streamlined. In addition, Slack Connect allows other Slack users to send you a direct message just by sending an invitation. You can chat with customers or friends at other companies, but it can also open the door for spammers.
This feature allows as many as 20 companies to talk to each other at the same time. Slack hopes it will replace the remote back-and-forth email conversations everyone dreads and make it easier to set up meetings, share business documents, map accounts, and communicate all in one central place. . It is a useful feature for companies and customers who regularly collaborate.
There are already several apps designed to work with Connect, such as DocuSign for signing documents, Calendly for scheduling meetings, and Crossbeam for mapping accounts. With Slack Connect now rolling out, more are sure to come out and increase the overall functionality of the feature.
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Anyone who currently has a paid Slack subscription can access the feature, although it will eventually become available to free users. Additional features, such as private corporate networks and anti-phishing measures, will be rolled out by the end of 2021.