Slack Video Calls

Talking face-to-face with your team is just one click away

#2 Product of the WeekDecember 13, 2016



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Ben Tossell
@bentossell · Partner
Slack now has one-to-one and group video calling! Obviously: Video calling also includes the calls emoji response feature, so without having to unmute, you can use a ✋ to ask a question, add a 👍 to show your approval, or 🙇 to thank people for a job well done. These reactions, along with a few others, will display briefly over your video and play a subtle sound. You can also get custom props TBH I've always struggled having a good experience with Google Hangouts We've been using Zoom for a while and that was pretty good - While on Slack already, this could change the game 🙌
Derek Nuzum@dnuzum · Product Manager | Web Developer
@bentossell The props are simply amazing! That being said, the feature built into an existing platform already in use is going to be huge for gaining marketshare. We've also used Zoom, Skype, and most recently UberConference for when latency is an issue to separate out voice/video. Going to be really nice for internal communications. Would be cool to see an external temporary link for clients.
Daniel Oviedo@daniel_oviedo · Engineer, Designer, Programer, PM @ ADF
@bentossell all that we need now is the ability to share screens without using third parties, and everything will be handled through slack!
Rebecca@_rsamuelson · Senior BI Engineer
@daniel_oviedo We love screenhero, hopefully slack will integrate it into their product soon. The acquisition was a while ago now.
Josh Pigford@shpigford · Founder of Baremetrics, maker of beards.
Welp, there goes all the other team video chat service. I've been waiting my entire life for this.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Eager to try this out. We've been long time fans of, great for larger distributed teams. Slack Video Calls makes a ton of sense but it's already easy enough to type "/hangout" in Slack to start a Google Hangout. Other than being built-in to the platform, what additional value does this provide?
Ben Tossell
@bentossell · Partner
@rrhoover Hangouts = cut out all the time... (for me at least)
Leo Bassam@loaibassam · Founder, CEO at
@rrhoover I would assume > reactions!
Jason Weingardt@jason_weingardt
@rrhoover uhhh Ryan have you seen the custom props? 🤔
Scott Buscemi@scottbuscemi
@bentossell @rrhoover Agreed, reliability would be a big one for me. Seems like Hangouts never picks up the right audio inputs every time. However, Hangouts will still be the best option when talking with people outside of your team.
Ben Tossell
@bentossell · Partner
@scottbuscemi @rrhoover yeh theres still the outside of your group issue... but I guess Slack aren't looking at that side of things anyway!
Matt Gillespie@savethetweets · Front End Designer @ Compose IBM
@rrhoover Going right in with the tough questions. I like it. Coming from a team that holds 50-60 person calls a couple times a week, I'd love to see how Slack video performs against our current favorite, I can't imagine it'd be easy to toss Zoom on the pile of runner-up video services with the rest of them. I'd love to be wrong, though.
Gilles Bertaux@gillesbertaux · Co-founder/CEO @Livestormapp
@rrhoover Video calls on Slack are WebRTC based so I guess : audio quality + video quality + real time + frictionless UX (no Google logins).
Chris Luquetta-Fish
@one16th · Product @SlackHQ & Assoc @FTWvc
@rrhoover We think options are good. :D We want our customers to be able to choose whichever calling solution works best for them. We've built Slack Calls to give our users a quick and simple way to talk to their team within Slack. If you already have a preferred tool, our integrations with Skype, Google, Bluejeans, Zoom, etc. let you continue using it from Slack. In fact, you can even customize your call button in Slack to automatically default to the call service of your choice.
Alex Sharp@ajsharp · programmer/creator/writer
@rrhoover Hangouts causes a bunch of repeated issues related to people having lots of different google accounts, access restrictions, etc. Not to mention the technical issues. One thing that would make this a game-changer for me is if this is supported on mobile. If so, g'bye to hangouts/appear/et al :)
christopher lake@chhhris · paterfamilias
@one16th @rrhoover Bluejeans is the shit, but I'm stoked about Slack Video Calls (and was previously a bigly fan of ScreenHero which Slack had acquired).
Naomi Assaraf@nassaraf · CMO, Technophile, pancake lover.
@one16th @rrhoover I just don't get why Slack can't simply allow guest invites to the team call... I mean, you'd think that could be a solid user growth channel right there. In fact, couldn't that be an awesome upsell too? --> "Invite up to 100 guests per month for $50/mo"
Kadiska Deigratia@kadiskad · The Butterfly Project
@ajsharp yes, I'm with you on that one. I haven't found anything consistently reliable.
Jack Dweck@jackdweck · Product Manager at Unroll.Me
RIP Google Hangouts 👻
Niv DrorHiring@nivo0o0 · Words @ProductHunt & @AngelList
Glorious beard.
Chris Luquetta-Fish
@one16th · Product @SlackHQ & Assoc @FTWvc
@nivo0o0 Thanks, photoshop is the best
Andy Parkhills@aparkhills · Application Developer
@one16th @nivo0o0 It looks very real ;)