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#4 Product of the MonthMarch 2016
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Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell ·
This was inevitable! I've even forgotten Slack doesn't have voice calls and then am surprised when I try to call and realise I can't. Skype/Google Hangout/the others are surely going to struggle to compete here I feel
Anton Eliasson
Anton Eliasson@antoneliasson · Director of Marketing @ Shakr
@bentossell was just going to wrote that. We use video more than audio only so we can't wait for video support, no more Hangout links then!
todd balsley
todd balsley@toddba · Happiness at Buffer
@antoneliasson @bentossell same here! Really stoked on this!
Andreas Duess
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@bentossell Same here. There's been countless occasions when I've been trying to remember the voice call code only to... duh!
@antoneliasson @bentossell The hangout integration does the trick to avoid links
Luis Borges Quina
Luis Borges Quina@quinaluis · CEO Ottspott | Co-Founder
@bentossell Slack isn't yet in the charity business :) In the free plan (most used for communications outside the company), only the 1:1 call is included otherwise you'll have to move to the standard $6,67 plan. So as long as the free plan only includes 1:1 calls, link based conferencing based on WebRTC probably will be the easiest way.
Patrick Sullivan
Patrick Sullivan@patsully88 · Head of Mobile Development at Shipt
Very excited about this. Especially the video chat that is coming soon!!!
Ed Shelley
Ed ShelleyHiring@mr_ed · Sweating the details @ChartMogul
👏 🏻Great (if somewhat inevitable) move from the Slack team! But it's not going to replace Skype for me (and many other people) until there's a seamless way to include external people in those calls...
Frank@stillupmysleeve · Independent Designer & Photographer
@mr_ed There was an exodus away from Skype when they were acquired by MSFT. Did you not get the memo? 😋
Luis Borges Quina
Luis Borges Quina@quinaluis · CEO Ottspott | Co-Founder
@mr_ed I totally agree with you Ed. When Google open sourced WebRTC (the technology behind Screenhero) I heard everywhere around the world announcing "Skype is dead" ... this was back in 2012! I think calls on Slack is a GREAT feature and the least you can ask to a collaborative platform. However, I don't see 1:1 calls (in the free plan) kill massively Hangouts and Skype. In enterprises, people will still use MS Lync or other WebRTC client solutions like BlueJeans. offers Slack teams the ability to get external calls from regular phones and allows also to call mobile and landlines with slash commands. A perfect fit with Calls on Slack :-)
Luis Borges Quina
Luis Borges Quina@quinaluis · CEO Ottspott | Co-Founder
@stillupmysleeve @mr_ed Frank, when Slack will offer free group audio/video conf, + mobile I agree Skype and Hangouts will suffer. For the moment 1:1 is great but having to pay for what you have for free with Skype and Hangouts will keep a lot of teams away.
Cory Shaw
Cory Shaw@coryshaw · co-founder & CTO of LeafOps
Is this the roll out of the Screen Hero acquisition? I truly miss Screen Hero and cannot wait for it to be integrated into slack. It was hands down the best way to screen share and pair on code problems.
Joey Brooks
Joey Brooks@tunicwriter · Director of Technology @ Reload
@coryshaw You don't have to miss it. Screen Hero is still around for paid Slack teams. See:
orliesaurus@orliesaurus · Lasers handler
@tunicwriter hiiiiiiiiiiii
Ludovic Bostral
Ludovic Bostral@ludobos · CTO at Majelan
Awesome :) we are using for conference, but this is far more practical. Waiting for video now.
Andreas Duess
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@ludobos same here. is awesomely useful though.
Pulkit Agrawal
Pulkit Agrawal@_pulkitagrawal · CEO @trychameleon for user onboarding
@ludobos yeah we use too but it's annoying for external parties - in case they don't use Chrome and then can't screenshare or something. Love how quick it is to get going though - that's the usp