Slack introduced a new feature called “canvas”, described as a “surface” where teams can “manage, organize, and share mission-critical resources”. When it launches next year, Canvas could replace external apps or programs that teams use to collate and share information and ideas, such as Google Docs, corporate Wikis, or Notion.
Users can create a new canvas by selecting the option in the drop-down next to their Slack team name. They can embed files in it, along with links, channel lists, videos, workflows, tasks to be done, and other resources — anything useful that team members might need. , so they don’t have to waste valuable time looking for information.
The company envisions canvas as something that teams can use to organize marketing campaigns, share executive meetings with people, and hire new people. Users can create canvases without having to use code, and they can continue to edit existing templates instead of creating new ones over and over again. Here’s an example of what the canvas might look like:
Slack has also started rolling out new and updated group chats with its features promise to come back in june. Huddles offers audio chat for groups in Slack, but this update also gives users the option to enable video. Opting into a video chat will open a separate window and users will have the ability to blur their background just like they can in other video conferencing apps like Zoom. And yes, they can use emoji reactions in video chats.
In addition, improved group chat allows multiple people to share their screen at the same time. In a session where multiple people are sharing screens, they can use the live pointer and the ability to draw on the shared screen as visual aids. Any information shared in a group chat, including links, files, and notes, is automatically saved to a thread in the channel or DM where it was launched. These topics can be pinned for easy access and even searchable. If they’re posted in channels instead of in the DM, even users who aren’t in the group chat can see them. It may take a while for everyone to have access to these features, but Slack says it will reach all users in the coming weeks.
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