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Messaging

Be a teamwork champ with team chat for business

Put your typing to good use. Efficient, organized team chat helps you and your team work better together.

A sample conversation in Slack
team-cs
Harry Boone12:35 PMHey @channel, quick update: Q4 proposal is done! Let me know if I missed anything.
Q4 Acme Sites ProposalSpreadsheet from Google Drive
uploaded this file: Q4 Acme Sites Proposal
👀5🙌2
Zoe Maxwell12:35 PMGreat work here, @Harry Boone. I think you could cut down my timeline by a couple weeks.
Harry Boone12:35 PMWill do. Have any other work you'd like to propose for those weeks?
Message #team-cs

Communicate better with your entire team

Choosing the right words is important, but having the right place to say them is, too. When you can turn to one tool to quickly reach every member of your team — either individually and in organized groups — you can in turn get your work done faster.

A sample conversation in Slack
team-cs
Harry Boone12:35 PMHey @channel, quick update: Q4 proposal is done! Let me know if I missed anything.
Q4 Acme Sites ProposalSpreadsheet from Google Drive
uploaded this file: Q4 Acme Sites Proposal
👀5🙌2
Zoe Maxwell12:35 PMGreat work here, @Harry Boone. I think you could cut down my timeline by a couple weeks.
Harry Boone12:35 PMWill do. Have any other work you'd like to propose for those weeks?
Message #team-cs
A sample Troops app integration usage
support-status
Lisa Zhang3:24 PMYesterday
  • Holiday here in Canada!
Today
  • Coupon code audit
Matt Brewer3:24 PMYesterday
  • Not on holiday, apparently
  • Field marketing survey results
Today
  • Wrap-up for findings from yesterday
  • Analytics review
Message #support-status

Connect remote team members

Bring your company together with a virtual office where everyone can communicate. Group team chat keeps colleagues from across locales in sync and included in team or project discussions.

A sample Troops app integration usage
support-status
Lisa Zhang3:24 PMYesterday
  • Holiday here in Canada!
Today
  • Coupon code audit
Matt Brewer3:24 PMYesterday
  • Not on holiday, apparently
  • Field marketing survey results
Today
  • Wrap-up for findings from yesterday
  • Analytics review
Message #support-status

Bring context into the conversation

Get important updates, discuss them, and take action — all without switching tabs. By connecting other work tools to Slack, you can have richer, more informed conversations.

See the Slack App Directory

Bring context into the conversation

Get important updates, discuss them, and take action — all without switching tabs. By connecting other work tools to Slack, you can have richer, more informed conversations.

See the Slack App Directory

Chat securely with open or private communication

Most chat in Slack happens in channels — open, organized spaces for messages, files, tools, and people — but you can always find a place to communicate with private channels and direct messages.

Organize conversations

You name and organize your channels for projects, clients, or whatever makes sense for you and your company. Every conversation has a home and a place to move forward.

Put your work history to work

Work smarter by referencing your private messages or open conversations in channels across your company, all of which are automatically saved and searchable.

Always at your fingertips

Stay up to date on all your conversations and keep them going from anywhere with dedicated Slack apps for desktop or mobile.

Download the Slack app

Frequently asked questions

With Slack Connect, you can send invitations to start direct message conversations with people outside your company, just like regular DMs in Slack! Once an invitation has been sent and accepted, you can start exchanging messages with someone from another organization.

If you’re initiating a direct message, your company must be using Slack on a paid plan. People on the free plan can still accept your invitation to start a DM.

Channels are where work happens in Slack. A channel is a single place for a team to share messages, tools and files. People often create channels for company announcements, customer support triage, asking for IT or HR help, and sharing social interests.

Channels can be public (open to everyone at the organization) or private (invite-only). In addition, organizations on a paid Slack plan can share a channel with external partners like agencies, clients and vendors with Slack Connect. Learn more about how channels can speed up your daily work here.

Slack Connect is a secure way to collaborate across companies, right in Slack. It lets you work with people from other companies in channels or direct messages from your own workspace.

Direct messages between one or several members are private by default. These chats will be listed in a separate group under Direct Messages below the list of private and public channels on the left of your Slack window.

Slack offers an easier, more organized way to work. Instead of endless email chains, in Slack work happens in channels: flexible spaces for all the people, tools and files you need to get work done. Unlike email, where messages can quickly get lost, you can grab a specific person’s attention with a notification in Slack when you need a rapid response. Slack also connects with your most-used work tools, which email just can’t do. Allow us to offer a few more reasons to make the switch.