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With greater than 500,000 organizations on Microsoft Groups and 10 million each day customers on Slack, the 2 firms are greatest often known as opponents within the race to make their messaging apps the portal to every thing you could get your job achieved.

However at the moment they’re working collectively to launch a Slack integration in Outlook and an Outlook Slack app to remain on high of your calendar.

The calendar integration and Slack sharing in Microsoft’s Outlook electronic mail consumer are designed to allow individuals to verify their schedule and focus on emails with their staff with out leaving Slack.

The Outlook Calendar Slack app integrates the Outlook calendar to do issues like ship upcoming occasion reminder notifications, reply to occasion invite requests, be a part of video calls, get each day occasion rundowns, and allow you to know if you’ve double-booked a calendar occasion.

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The Outlook Calendar Slack app may even have the ability to ship automated updates to Slack so your Slack standing will routinely replicate your calendar, and allow you to click on a button to hitch WebEx, Skype for Enterprise, or Zoom video calls.

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In flip, Workplace 365 customers in Outlook will have the ability to shortly ship an electronic mail to a Slack channel. Emails will also be despatched to channels with Microsoft Groups.

Above: Outlook app with Ship to Slack button

In late 2018, Microsoft OneDrive customers first obtained the power to preview PowerPoint, Microsoft Phrase, and Excel recordsdata with out the necessity to go away Slack. Right this moment Slack additionally introduced an replace to the OneDrive integration to make it simpler to go looking and share these recordsdata.

The information at the moment is Slack’s newest instance of co-opetition (cooperation and competitors) from Slack, whose Actions characteristic introduced the power to take quick actions with many competing SaaS software program providers to do issues like create a Trello card or begin a HubSpot or Asana ticket.

Further main upgrades to how Slack works are anticipated forward of the Frontiers developer convention, which takes place April 24-25 in San Francisco.


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