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Q&A: Why collaboration tools are creating workplace chaos Special

Slack and similar collaborative tools are gaining in popularity, yet many are questioning just how productive adding another stream of constant communication really is. Mike Hicks, CMO of Igloo Software looks at the challenges.

Q&A: How businesses can strategize email management better Special

It's estimated there are 269 billion emails sent every day, signalling that this workplace tool isn’t going away anytime soon despite the rise of apps like Slack. How can businesses create a productive way to simplify tasks completed via email?

Q&A: How effective is Slack for workplace productivity? Special

Slack is closing in on six million daily users. However, some businesses have been questioning Slack’s effectiveness on workplace productivity — and there are alternatives, according to Philipp Weiser of AnyDesk.

Slack opens high on the stock exchange, but will the boom last?

Workplace messaging platform Slack has made its debuted as a public company, trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Slack opened at $38.50 from a reference price of $26. Will Slack continue to prosper or will it go the same way as other tech firms?

Is Slack aiding or inhibiting work?

The collaboration hub Slack may help us to work better or it may stifle the flow of work and affect innovation. New commentary from Vox weighs in on the benefits or otherwise of tools like Teams, Slack, and Workplace.

Despite multi-million dollar losses, Slack prepares to go public

Slack is the latest unicorn to file to go pubic, adopting a model similar to that used by Spotify in 2018. This obviates the traditional IPO approach meaning that current shareholders can directly sell their stock to investors.

Journal is new software designed to search your information

Journal is a machine-learning and natural language processing-powered platform that will enable you to make searches across all your web services and tools. It has been able to launch a beta community to test the platform.

Slack is raising a $400 million funding round

Almost a year after raising $250 million in a Series G funding round, Slack is reportedly raising an even bigger round this time around.

Google's Slack rival is now generally available

Google's announced the launch of Hangouts Chat, the company's answer to enterprise chat apps such as Slack and Microsoft Teams. Accessed as part of G Suite, it supports real-time messaging, document sharing and video calls with up to 30 people.

Report: Skype still the biggest chat app, but Slack leads growth

A new report has shown how the rise of Slack is affecting usage of Skype. The app's meteoric growth has created speculation it will usurp Skype to become the favourite workplace chat tool. Skype's still sees 6x higher usage but is not gaining users.

Slack uses AI to combat messaging overload by analysing language

Slack's building technology that will tell you how your language changes depending on the time and who you're talking to. CEO Stewart Butterfield said the reports will let you gauge your workplace temperament but the tech might "be a long time" away.

Keybase launches its own fully encrypted Slack rival

Security app provider Keybase has announced its own take on enterprise chat. Keybase Teams is a free end-to-end encrypted messaging service that's designed as a safer alternative to services like Slack and Microsoft Teams. It's currently in alpha.

$5 billion Slack hits a $200 million milestone

When Slack first launched in 2013, it didn't take too long to set a new record as the fastest-ever startup to achieve a $1 billion valuation.

Microsoft claims Teams enterprise chat app used by 125k firms

Microsoft has celebrated six months since it released its Slack rival Teams by announcing over 125,000 businesses are using the app. The company refused to disclose how many users that represents though, instead sticking to aggregate enterprise numbers.

Todoist maker launches Twist, a 'calmer' version of Slack

Doist, the company behind the highly popular Todoist task manager app, has launched a new team collaboration tool called Twist. The app has been used internally for a while and is a direct product of the Todoist team's frustration with rival Slack.

Amazon interested in buying Slack for up to $9 billion

Amazon is reportedly in talks to purchase messaging start-up Slack in a deal worth up to $9 billion. If it goes ahead, the acquisition would be Amazon's largest ever and give it a strong foothold into enterprise tech. Slack is said to be wary.

Microsoft's ambitious Slack competitor now available worldwide

Microsoft has officially launched Teams, its enterprise messaging service designed to rival highly-popular app Slack. Teams is now available to every Office 365 subscriber on all devices, giving it an immediate potential audience of millions of people.

Microsoft's Slack rival is finally here

Microsoft has officially introduced Teams, a new chat app for the workplace that's built to rival Slack. Slack has experienced extraordinary adoption, pushing existing solutions including Microsoft's Skype out of use. Teams is the company's response.

Slack: What you need to know about the hot messaging app

With 1.1 million daily active users, messaging app Slack is changing the way companies approach internal communication. If you haven’t heard about Slack, or haven’t opted to use it yet in the office, this primer might change how you look at the app.

8-month-old co-worker chat app Slack now worth $1.1 billion

Slack, the app that lets you chat with coworkers, just announced that it had raised $120 million in capital, making it worth $1.12 billion.

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