New Slack update lets you slide into the chats of anyone at all who uses the app

Slack has started rolling a new feature that will allow anyone – from any organisation – to message another person.

Called Slack Connect, the company says that it is a faster and more secure way to work with people outside of a company than email.

The new feature works via the Slack Connect tab on the sidebar of the main Slack app or desktop user interface. Clicking that will give users the option to create a new channel or start a new direct message.

While Slack says this is faster than email, an email address is still required to connect with other users. There is also another box underneath to add a personalised message, similar to standard emails or connecting to users on social media platforms like LinkedIn.

Once the other person has accepted the emailed invitation, they will then appear in the direct message list. There are no tiered systems between Slack Connect chats – users on the paid plan can freely message those on the free service.

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