Stories, discord-like voice channels, and cross-business DMs seem impractical alternatives to standard work tools, but Slack believes the informal nature of these features can help coworkers connect with each other (and keep your nose off Gmail or Zoom )). Slack plans to implement these features in late 2020 and early 2021
With the upcoming Slack story feature (or “asynchronous video” if you’re a nerd), users can pin videos to channels. Slack suggests that the feature could be for quick meetings so that team leaders can conveniently share information without scheduling a video call.
Slack’s instant audio or push-to-talk feature is similar to Discord’s voice chat facility, which allows a group to create permanent voice channels that people can enter and leave at their discretion. It’s faster and more convenient than entering a Slack thread or joining a video call. Slack suggests that audio channels could speed up the workflow of smaller teams.
While “asynchronous video” and audio channels can free companies from Zoom or Google Meet, they are not useful for communicating with people who work outside of your company. That’s why Slack is developing a tool called Slack Connect – a channel-based alternative to email. With Slack Connect, DM reps outside of your company can talk to partners, customers or suppliers in a real-time environment.
But don’t worry, strangers can only message you on Slack by clicking the Connect Invite link or scanning your QR code. You can share this contact information on social media or on a company byline, or stay on email if this is your pocket.
Slack plans to implement stories and voice channels before the end of 2020. Slack Connect, on the other hand, is planned for 2021.
Source: Slack via The Verge