Slack’s new Slack Connect service will offer an alternative to e-mail

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With virtual events being the new norm when it comes to product rollouts in 2020, most companies don’t want to be left behind. That is why Slack took to the internet to announce a new part of its service, called Slack Connect, an alternative to e-mail.

The announcement of the Slack Connect took place earlier this week after Apple’s lengthy virtual WWDC presentation. Slack’s event, which was a part press conference and part experiment, was hosted to explain the company’s new Slack Connect features. The new capabilities, they said, will enable companies to effortlessly connect and talk to each other inside of their Slack instance compared to what was feasible with its shared channels feature.

What Slack Connect offers

The basic existence of Slack is anchored on its internal Chat functionality where teams communicate amongst themselves. However, the new Slack Connect offers more than that, with an internal communication tool that enables enterprises to plug their private communications into the private chats of other companies, connecting them for simple chats while not compromising with the security of the entire affair.

Slack Connect, a more enhanced shared channel, comes with superior security features and the capability to share channels across twenty companies.

The usage of email could be slimmed down; if Slack Connect can allow several organizations to talk amongst themselves, conceivably fewer emails will be required to maintain different organizations in sync. With that in mind, Slack is barely a quiet product. During his presentation, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield said Slack facilitates sending of more than 3.9 billion messages each minute at peak times.

When will Slack Connect be available?

The piloting of Slack Connect was carried out for a few months, and it is now accessible for paid plans.

Before the news came out, Slack shares were down by 3.8%. Its wider company cohort(SaaS) is also off; it is evident investors haven’t reacted to this piece of news yet, as for now.