The Verge: Slack is getting Instagram-like stories and push-to-talk audio calls for the pandemic era

The Verge: Slack is getting Instagram-like stories and push-to-talk audio calls for the pandemic era. “Slack is getting ready to introduce Instagram-like stories and push-to-talk audio into its communications software before the end of 2020. Both additions are born out of the shift to remote working during the pandemic era we’re all adjusting to. Slack is hoping these features might cut down on constant video calls or inefficient text conversations, and bring back the impromptu office interactions most people haven’t experienced for months.”

The Next Web: How Slack employees use Slack

The Next Web: How Slack employees use Slack. “With Slack currently operating as a 100% remote workforce, I’m relying on communicating in channels more than ever. As people all around the world navigate the transition to fully remote work, the need to stay connected to one another is a top-of-mind concern. This article is a peek into how my team at Slack uses Slack, much of which is increasingly relevant during these unique times.”

CNN: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft in Europe

CNN: Slack files antitrust complaint against Microsoft in Europe. “Slack is ratcheting up its battle with Microsoft, filing an antitrust complaint in the European Union against its rival. The company claims Microsoft (MSFT) is engaging in ‘illegal and anti-competitive practice of abusing its market dominance to extinguish competition’ by tying in its own communications platform, called Teams, to its popular Microsoft Office suite. Slack (WORK) says in its complaint Microsoft force-installs Teams for millions of people and blocks its removal.”

Digiday: Slack is fueling media’s bottom-up revolution

Digiday: Slack is fueling media’s bottom-up revolution. “When media executives have to put out fires, they meet staffers where they live — on Slack, the enterprise software service where employees communicate, plan, gossip, talk shit about bosses and each other — and increasingly, organize themselves to fight for their rights. The irony of Slack is that media business leaders gravitated to it years ago as a tool to make the labor force more efficient and available at all hours. And now, those same workers are using Slack to fight back against their capitalist bosses.”

ZDNet: Slack rolls out new tools, certification program for administrators

ZDNet: Slack rolls out new tools, certification program for administrators. “Slack is rolling out another set of tools that aim to improve the experience for administrators. The workplace collaboration player said the new tools will help Slack admins better understand and optimize Slack engagement, and more efficiently manage how their organization uses Slack.”

Mashable: How to use Nextdoor, Facebook, Slack to help neighbors amid coronavirus

Mashable: How to use Nextdoor, Facebook, Slack to help neighbors amid coronavirus. “Like so much of the world right now, helping neighbors at this moment is likely going to require moving some activities online. Mashable spoke with Prakash Janakiraman, co-founder and chief architect at Nextdoor, and Naomi Gleit, vice president of product at Facebook, about how to best support neighbors using each platform. They’re not the only digital tools you can use to help neighbors right now — there are likely creative ways to use almost any platform to help others — but some of Janakiraman and Gleit’s updated tools can fulfill specific neighborly tasks.”

Mashable: Slack has seen a massive surge in users during coronavirus pandemic

Mashable: Slack has seen a massive surge in users during coronavirus pandemic. “The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the working lives of people across the world. Some have taken pay cuts, some have lost their jobs, and many livelihoods are still at risk. But as more and more people work from home under government recommendation, there are also companies that have seen the opposite happen. Slack is one of them.”

BetaNews: Microsoft, Facebook, Slack and others support #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon

BetaNews: Microsoft, Facebook, Slack and others support #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon. “There are numerous technology companies that have agreed to offer their services for free as the world tries to tackle the coronavirus crisis, and others who have taken steps to reduce their strain on the internet. [Today], #BuildforCOVID19 Global Online Hackathon kicks off, with many of the big names from the world of tech coming together to tackle some of the problems COVID-19 presents.”

The Slack Cheat Sheet: Shortcuts, Commands, and Syntax to Know (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: The Slack Cheat Sheet: Shortcuts, Commands, and Syntax to Know. “If you use Slack at work, you’ll probably agree that its layout and feature set are quite complex. Fortunately, both these elements are well planned and easy to use. But with so much going on in the interface, it’s quite natural to miss out on several features unless you go looking for them specifically.”

Online Journalism Blog: A guide to Slack for journalism students (and lecturers)

Online Journalism Blog: A guide to Slack for journalism students (and lecturers). “For a number of years I’ve been using Slack with students on both the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism, and the MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University. As a new academic year begins, here are some tips I’ve picked up over the years – whether you are a lecturer considering integrating Slack into your teaching, or a student considering using it in a journalism project.”

MakeUseOf: The 7 Best Free Slack Alternatives for Team Communication

MakeUseOf: The 7 Best Free Slack Alternatives for Team Communication. “Slack sits firmly at the top of the online communication platform pile. The instant messaging cum team collaboration workspace has millions of users from businesses and organizations of all sizes. Slack’s success is built upon a simple idea—life is all about communication, and email is no longer suitable for fast-paced working environments. That’s not to say there isn’t a place for email. But email threads become disjointed, tangled messes with multiple respondents. Why waste time when there is a better option available?”

Lifehacker: How To Get Google Assistant To Read Notifications From Third-Party Apps

Lifehacker: How To Get Google Assistant To Read Notifications From Third-Party Apps. “Previously, Google Assistant could only read messages from Android Messages and Google Hangouts aloud — and not very well, either. Now, the sky is the limit: Google Assistant can read your messages from third-party apps such as Slack, WhatsApp, Discord, Telegram, and even Google’s own finicky apps like Google Voice.”