Slack testing storystyle videos, ‘alwaysavailable’ audio calling, and more
Slack is out today with a number of updates to the service but the bigger news is that the company is testing a new Asynchronous video feature that could be a valuable addition. The feature is like a mix of Snapchat or Instagram-style stories with Marco Polo. There’s also a new “always-available audio” feature in the works.
Slack detailed the news in a press release and blog post today titled “Exploring better ways to work” along with videos (see below) showcasing its new ideas:
We’re more than seven months into the global shift to remote work and it’s clear there is much more we can do to improve the way we work together in this new world. For starters, we know there are better ways to collaborate than simply falling into the copy-paste trap of moving physical behaviors to the digital world—back-to-back video conferences all day, every day are a uniquely exhausting way to work. On the other hand, people miss the unplanned, spontaneous interactions in the office that helped us stay aligned, make quick decisions and spark new ideas.
While still in the prototype stage, here’s how Slack describes its new video feature:
Asynchronous video to help people collaborate on their own time instead of at the same time
Let’s take what we love about video—seeing faces and places—and separate it from the constant pressure of video conferences and packed meeting schedules to help us stay aligned with teammates.
Imagine the daily standup meeting that happens from 9 to 9:15 every morning. What if you could record your update at 8:53 a.m. and watch the others at 10:51 when it’s more convenient for you? This gives people the information and updates they need, with a measure of flexibility that is usually missing in today’s setup.