Slack offers a handful of new features, including video and screen sharing by several people. At its annual Slack Frontiers conference on Wednesday, the company said Huddles’ new features aim to replicate the “energy and camaraderie” of working with office colleagues while tackling “the new realities of work.”
Slack said Huddles will launch as audio only by default, but people will have the option to include video. The video feature will offer the option to blur the background for people working from home or needing more privacy. Another upcoming feature, several people will be able to share their screen at the same time during Huddle. People will also be able to “draw or use live cursors” on teammates’ shared screens to help “highlight certain points or visuals,” Slack said.
In addition to video and screen sharing, Huddles will also get a new messaging feature to keep track of everything shared in the collection, as well aseffects and stickers for responding to messages.
Slack said the new feature will be available in the fall.
On Wednesday, the company also announced the launch of GovSlack, a version of its office chat and collaboration tool designed for the “unique challenges” of government agencies. GovSlack, which was released in September, will be available in the United States from July.