Slack Thinks You Need Another Video Conferencing App

If you work in an office, you’re likely to spend a lot of time in Slack. The workplace messaging platform has become an even more important tool in the work-from-home era. And it has been launching new things that are supposed to replicate the atmosphere of the office, online. Last year Slack introduced Huddles, a spontaneous audio room that you can join directly to Slack, and it quickly became the fastest feature adopted in Slack history. The company is now adding video to Huddles, to become a full-fledged video conferencing service.


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This week at Gadget Lab, WIRED writers Lauren Goode and Gilad Edelman talk about Slack zoom, if we really need another video chat app and what it all means for how we communicate online.

Show notes

Read Lauren’s story about how Slack’s future looks a lot like Zoom. Read Slack Stewart Butterfield founder Mat Honan’s WIRED 2014 profile. Here’s Clive Thompson’s article on how the “maximum viable product” time has come.


Gilad recommends using a chef’s pan. Lauren recommends using the Calendar chatbot on Slack.

Gilad Edelman can be found on Twitter @GiladEdelman. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snack fight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme is Solar Keys.

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