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Slack seeks to make screen sharing at work more interactive

While Slack increasingly strives to become an indispensable tool for workplace collaboration – particularly in the face of competition from Atlassian and other incumbents – it must first ensure that there is an issue.

Today, the company is looking to step one step further in this direction by launching an updated screen sharing feature that allows users to tag, edit, scroll, and work together on a variety of projects. While Slack is looking to break the idea that he's just a darling of Silicon Valley, he's starting to fine-tune the tools over time in order to build that kind of basic work experience that large companies are entitled to wait. ish experience.

It's this Slack-ish Slick-ish experience that the betting company is going to snatch potential customers from Atlassian tools and historical operators – and also keep them from coming off Slack as they become bigger and bigger. Atlassian has the advantage of being a publicly traded company and may have this perception that it is a known quantity that will be more reliable than Slack. The company has been trying to develop additional collaboration tools in a very Slack flavor, as well as using artificial intelligence to build a smarter search engine to find people to answer questions or get the right ones. files.

Slack has been acquiring Screenhero in 2014 and has been offering screen sharing for some time (which I used for the first time last week with one of my colleagues, and that is why it was has gone well). But as Slack seeks to brag about his large group of daily active users, he needs to build these cases of daily active use, so to speak.

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Putting people online and working on the same thing was essentially the original promise of telecommuting, and it always seems like there is a lot of work to be done there. At one point, Yahoo has sought to work from home completely, and there are of course a ton of challenges that accompany it. Time zone differences can be a killer, and getting everyone in the same room (or in the glaring distance) to work on something will often be more effective. It seems that this experience is the hope of the new update of Slack screen sharing.

Slack recently reported having more than 6 million active users a day, with over 2 million paid users and 50,000 paid teams. Beyond that, he says that he has over 9 million active users a week. These are numbers that may sound good for a business, but like any startup looking to make their way into the workplace, it still has to break into bigger organizations. The company claims to have annual recurring revenues of $ 200 million.

As part of this announcement, Slack also announced that he was ending Screenhero in early December. Screenhero users who do not pay for the release will benefit from a 60-day free trial, according to the company.