About Slack

Slack is a workplace communication tool that connects users with the people and tools they work with everyday, no matter where they are or what they do. Teams in Slack work together in channels that can be organized by project, department, office location, or anything else, really. This makes it easy for users to follow the topics that are important to them. Public channels are open to anyone on the team so marketing can see what designers are working on, sales can see what’s on the product team’s roadmap, and new hires can easily get up to speed instead of starting with an empty email inbox.

Slack connects to the tools and services that businesses already use and centralizes the notifications, files, and data from hundreds of different applications. This means no more searching through emails for that one follow-up, constantly switching between different tabs and dashboards, or juggling dozens of tools - each with their own login. Slack helps teams work smarter by providing all of the information and context needed to make effective decisions quickly.

Everything shared in Slack is automatically indexed and archived so that companies can create a comprehensive knowledge base with zero effort, simply by working in Slack. And, Slack’s search makes it easy find the information users need, whenever they need it.

Pricing starting from:

$8.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Slack

Slack surveyed thousands of Team Owners and Admins to see how Slack helps their teams work. The average team using Slack sees:

  • A 32% increase in productivity.

  • A 48.6% reduction in internal email.

  • A 25.1% reduction in meetings.

  • And, 80.4% agree Slack has increased transparency on their team.

    These findings have both tangible and intangible benefits for any business. Fewer meetings, reply-all email threads, and lengthy conference calls means teams can work smarter and be more productive. Additionally, this helps teams feel more connected and engaged at work.

  • Devices

    Business size

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    Markets

    Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany and 6 others, France, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, United States

    Supported Languages

    English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

    Pricing starting from:

    $8.00/month

    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Features

    Total features of Slack: 78

    • @mentions
    • API
    • Access Controls/Permissions
    • Activity Tracking
    • Activity/News Feed
    • Agile Methodologies
    • Alerts/Notifications
    • Archiving & Retention
    • Audio / Video Conferencing
    • Audio Calls
    • Authentication Software
    • Billing & Invoicing
    • Brainstorming
    • Budget Management
    • Calendar Management
    • Call Conferencing
    • Call Recording Software
    • Call Routing
    • Chat/Messaging
    • Collaboration Tools
    • Commenting/Notes
    • Communication Management
    • Communications Management
    • Compliance Management
    • Discussions / Forums
    • Document Management Software
    • Drag & Drop
    • File Sharing Software
    • File Transfer
    • For Sales Teams/Organizations
    • Full Text Search
    • Group Management
    • HIPAA Compliant
    • In-App Training
    • Interaction Tracking
    • Issue Management
    • Live Chat Software
    • Meeting Management
    • Member Directory
    • Messaging
    • Milestone Tracking
    • Mobile Access
    • Multi-User Collaboration
    • Notes Management
    • Onboarding Software
    • Percent-Complete Tracking
    • Presentation Streaming
    • Prioritization
    • Project Management Software
    • Project Planning/Scheduling
    • Real Time Data
    • Real Time Notifications
    • Real Time Synchronization
    • Real-Time Chat
    • Real-time Updates
    • Remote Access/Control
    • Remote Support Software
    • Reporting/Project Tracking
    • SSL Security
    • Screen Sharing Software
    • Search/Filter
    • Single Sign On Software
    • Surveys & Feedback
    • Tagging
    • Task Management Software
    • Team Chat
    • Testing/QA Management
    • Third Party Integrations
    • Time & Expense Tracking
    • Traditional Methodologies
    • Two Way Audio & Video
    • Two-Factor Authentication
    • Two-Way Audio & Video
    • Usage Tracking/Analytics
    • Video Chat
    • Video Conferencing Software
    • Video Support
    • Workflow Management Software

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5
    (21,014)
    Value for Money
    4.5/5
    Features
    4.5/5
    Ease of Use
    4.6/5
    Customer Support Software
    4.4/5

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    Sourabh S.
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    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

    Slack makes business communication easy, efficient and engaging

    Reviewed on 07/08/2021

    I have enjoyed every bit of using slack, it gives me a feeling of using a robust yet state of the...

    I have enjoyed every bit of using slack, it gives me a feeling of using a robust yet state of the art communication platform. Hats off to the folks at slack, keep the good work going !!

    Pros

    It has carved a new segment in business communication and remote collaboration. Right now it is the gold standard as far as combining email and chat go. The User Interface is peppy and fun. The User Experience is very intuitive and efficient. We can edit messages that were sent without much noise. Love the slackbot as well it is very effective if used correctly. There are some really cool geeky features like Marvin etc which add the much needed spice to the remote work environment.

    Cons

    I haven't seen/used a native audio or video calling feature on slack, there are some advantages of having 3rd party video conferencing integration support but an inbuilt audio and video calling would have made this an absolute front runner in its segment. There should be a feature to notify when someone has logged in back to slack.

    Carmel R.
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    • Industry: Insurance Software
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    Innovative Tool for Team Building!

    Reviewed on 09/10/2021

    Overall I really enjoy slack! I prefer the desktop version over the web version. The desktop...

    Overall I really enjoy slack! I prefer the desktop version over the web version. The desktop version allows quicker access! Also the direct message feature is important feature in slack that I use. Often at times sensitive message have to be share with an individual rather than the group. Also the emoji's are plentiful selection! I love the mass variety and options available!

    Pros

    The greatest thing I like about slack is the ability to create different channels to assist on different topics , groups, and teams within the organization! I also like the accessibility features! You can access Slack from virtually any device! I travel a lot and this feature is extremely important!

    Cons

    The software features can take some time to get use to if you have no computer experience. For me my biggest challenge was learning on how to use the alerts and notification features within the program. But in fairness I was able to grasp everything within a few days. So not that long at all.

    Jon B.
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    • Industry: Computer Software
    • Company size: Self Employed
    • Used Daily for 1+ year
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    • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

    Slack is essentially advanced texting for business users

    Reviewed on 09/07/2020

    I started using Slack because my client required it. I find that it cuts down on my email...

    I started using Slack because my client required it. I find that it cuts down on my email dependence but I'm often frustrated when attempting to compose a message without standard elements such as tables, inline images, etcetrera.

    Pros

    I like the ability to stay in touch with our users via whatever device I'm currently using. For example, I can respond from my home computer, tablet, work computer or via my phone.

    I especially like the ability to be notified of a new message via my phone where I can read the message on the phone but can step over to my laptop to reply.

    I also appreciate the ability to add an email thread to a Slack Channel by simply adding a slack email address (each channel has a unique email address) to the CC field when I reply.

    Cons

    The biggest con for me is the extremely limited amount of formatting available to Slack messages. I can make a font bold and add links to files/images but I really miss the rich text features many similar apps provide.

    It's also frustrating to need to keep typing adding the user name(s) when I'm responding to a message. I'm assuming that this is by design but it would really be nice to be able to "Reply All" to a conversation thread.

    The desktop Slack application (running on Windows 10 Pro) has a "clunky" feel to it. It's written with a framework that allows the Slack developers to write HTML and JavaScript code that is essentially compiled into a Windows application and it definitely shows. Something as simple as selecting text is counter-intuitive (until you realize that it's essentially a web page mascaraing as a Windows application.

    Alexandros B.
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    • Industry: Education Management
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    A great collaboration and communication platform for teams - even young aged ones

    Reviewed on 30/09/2021

    Coaching a team of 10-15 children from 12 to 15 can be quite challenging. However, we have been...

    Coaching a team of 10-15 children from 12 to 15 can be quite challenging. However, we have been able to incorporate Slack in our day to day work. All of our communication is in Slack, independent of Facebook etc and the children had no problem with it. Great features, easy creation of subgroups and sharing. Overall great software and I probably one of the only options offering these kind of feature for free and so well integrated.

    Pros

    I love the easy creation of team channels for different topic, and the message threads. I honestly find it very difficult to use a platform without this feature any more. Not needing to spam the whole team with a smaller conversation is great, especially for younger teams. Also third party integrations is a feature I use all the time, mostly Google drive and simple poll for now.

    Cons

    Sometimes the notifications on my phone don't work very well and i occasionally have some complaints from third party apps (which has little to do with Slack though), like not being able to edit polls from simple poll etc.

    David W.
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    • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
    • Company size: 201-500 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

    The best remote collaboration tool I have EVER used!

    Reviewed on 29/07/2021

    Slack is the easiest collaboration tool I've ever used. I am currently acting as Scrum Master for...

    Slack is the easiest collaboration tool I've ever used. I am currently acting as Scrum Master for four agile teams, and it's easy to keep in touch with all of them and coordinate standups. File sharing is extremely easy

    Pros

    Slack is a user-friendly, robust collaboration tool that allows for quick setup and access to channels both public and private. Asynchronous communication is a cinch and the Mentions and Reactions feature allows for easy access to what recent messages you have received.

    Cons

    Due to Slacks' third party app space, there are some features that might seem to be missing at first but need to be found as a third party feature. This involves an admin or an owner having to approve the app being installed. This can sometimes be a bit of a headache on the admin end, as it requires going to obscure parts of the app to approve. It could be an easier experience.

    Alternatives Considered

    Microsoft Teams

    Reasons for Choosing Slack

    Yammer was too slow and "social media" like for us. We wanted a faster, easier tool for us to quickly communicate with one another.

    Switched From

    Yammer

    Reasons for Switching to Slack

    Teams lacked a lot of the features Slack has, such as custom reactions, quick calls and file uploading. We decided to stick with Slack as it offered what a more agile-friendly experience.
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    Slack FAQs

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    Slack offers the following pricing plans:

    • Starting from: $8.00/month
    • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
    • Free Trial: Available

    Slack is available across three premium tiers with pricing based per user per month, outlined below: Standard Plan: $6.67/user/month (billed annually) or $8.00/user/month (billed monthly) Plus Plan: $12.50/user/month (billed annually) or $15.00/user/month (billed monthly) Enterprise Grid: contact Slack for custom pricing details

    Slack has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

    Slack supports the following languages:

    English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

    Slack supports the following devices:

    Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

    Slack integrates with the following applications:

    5pm, Aha!, Airbrake, Aircall, Airtable, Amplitude, Any.do, AppSignal, Asana, Assembla, Automile, Autopilot, Azendoo, Azuqua, AzureDesk, Baremetrics, Beanstalk, Betterworks, BigTime, Bitbucket, Bitium, Blitz, BlueJeans, Bonusly, Boundary, Box, Brand24, Breezy, Bugsnag, CATS, Calamari, CallPage, Callmaker, Cayzu, Centrify Identity Service, Chartbeat, CheckMarket, Checkfront, CircleCI, Clari, ClearSlide, Clearlogin, ClickMeeting, ClockIt, Continu, Copper, Crashlytics, Databox, Datadog, Desk.com, Dropbox Business, Egnyte, Emburse Abacus, Envoy, Favro, Flow, FlowVella, Freshdesk, Freshservice, Front, Geeekbot, GetResponse, GitHub, GoCo, GoToMeeting, Google Drive, Greenhouse, Groove, HaloPSA, HappyFox Chat, HappyFox Help Desk, HelloSign, Help Scout, Hive, Hoopla, Hootsuite, HotGloo, HubSpot Marketing Hub, IFTTT, ITM Platform, Insightly, Intercom, Intervals, Jira, Kixie PowerCall, Kudos, Kyber, LeadDyno, Lessonly, Lever, Librato, LiveAgent, Localize, Locowise, Lucidchart, Lucidpress, MVISION Cloud, Mailchimp, Mailjet, MeisterTask, Mention, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft To Do, Mingle, Miro, Nagios XI, New Relic One, Notion, Okta, OneDrive, OpsGenie, Ottspotta, PagerDuty, Papertrail, PayPal, Pingdom, Pivotal Tracker, PractiTest, Procurify, ProdPad, ProductPlan, Pulseway, Qualtrics CoreXM, Quip, Qwilr, Rainforest, Ranktab, Raven Tools, Raygun, Re:amaze, Recruitee, Recruiterbox, Redbooth, Repuso, Roadmap, Rollbar, Sage HR, Salesforce Sales Cloud, SatisMeter, SendPulse, Sentry, Setmore, Sisense, Small Improvements, Smooch, SnapComms, SolarWinds Service Desk, Spinify, Staff Squared, Stripe, SupportBee, SurveyMonkey, TINT, Talkdesk, Time Doctor, TimeCamp, Todoist, Toggl Plan, Trello, TrueSight Pulse, Twine, Twitter, UpKeep, UpRaise, Userlike, Usersnap, VibeCatch, Vigil, WebHR, Webex, Wishpond, Woopra, WorkRamp, Xplenty Data Integration Service, Zapier, Zendesk, Zenefits, Zoho Books, Zoho Expense, Zoho Inventory, Zoho Invoice, Zoho Projects, Zoho Subscriptions, Zoom Meetings, absence.io, smartQ, truDigital Signage

    Slack offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base Software, Chat

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