Slack acquisition will see video chat and screen sharing integration
Slack, the current darling of organizations in need of a flexible individual-and-group messaging service, has bought a small video conferencing company named Screenhero. The acquisition will lead to an eventual integration of Screenhero's voice and video conferencing features and screensharing support to Slack's 365,000-and-growing daily users.
Both Slack and Screenhero are small organizations — with the latter's 6 employees are all joining Slack, which will bump up their total headcount to just over 100. The addition of voice and video greatly expands Slack's capability, which heretofore has been limited to just text chat and file sharing.
Understandably, the folks at Slack are excited:
We use Slack at Mobile Nations and it's proven to be an incredibly useful tool for us, with full mobile support, apps for our computers, guest accounts, and at least integration into Skype. Adding voice and video might just change up our workflow a bit and put other companies like Microsoft, GoToMeeting, and even Google — maybe we won't have to have so many running at once after the integration's complete.
Slack's offered no distinct timetable for when we can expect to see Screenhero's features integrated, saying only that we can expect to see it happening over "the coming months" and that all of Screenhero's features will make the jump, "along with many new ones."
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
This is the point at which Slack becomes bloated and buggy and eventually falls out of favor only to be replaced by the next startup in this space. Or not. I'll take a wait and see approach. This message brought to you via the sarcasm keyboard available for download at the Google Play Store.
The other thing that wasn't mentioned was if this will be available with their free accounts, or if it will only be added on to their monthly paid accounts. That being said, Slack does have some nice features and flexibility.