Slack connects you to your team, even when you’re sitting on the other side of the world. The service has helpful features in the free and paid version, which make communication and work much easier. We want to introduce you to them in our guide.
Slack is a web-based instant messaging service that is ideal for professional communication. You can exchange messages and chat with individuals or multiple participants in groups.
The messaging service is available in a free and paid version. Of course, if you don’t want to pay for Slack, you’ll be subject to some restrictions. Nevertheless, the tool already fulfils its service.
Free version of Slack: Use channels and chat rooms
Slack allows you to create as many channels and chat rooms as you want in your workspace. You can create channels for specific topics or projects that will allow you to have structured discussions. All workspace users can read the messages in the channels.
If you want to have private conversations with specific people, you can create chat rooms for one-to-one or group conversations. In addition to simple text messages, you can also send emojis, GIFs, images and other files.
The free version also allows you to browse stories with up to 10,000 messages in a chat. You can also have one-on-one conversations via video and integrate up to ten apps like Giphy into your workspace.
Which apps can you integrate with Slack?
The third-party apps can be found either directly in the Slack Messenger in the left sidebar or in the Slack app directory.
There are numerous applications in different categories, including file management, marketing, and finance, but also “social and fun.”
Popular are, for example, the Google Calender for office management, zoom for audio and video calls and Google Drive for file management.
On which devices can I use Slack?
Paid Slack versions: Standard, Plus or Enterprise Grid
If the features of the free version aren’t enough for you, the tool also offers you three paid versions for small, medium, large and very large companies.
Upgrading to the standard plan costs you either 6.25 euros per active user per month with annual billing or 7.50 euros per active user per month with monthly billing.
Then you get access to an unlimited message archive, you can add as many apps as you want to your workspace, and make video calls with up to 15 subscribers.
The standard license even allows you to work with people outside your team or outside your company. You can invite them to one or more Slack channels.
Slack Plus version offers guaranteed service time
The Plus version is aimed at medium and large companies. It costs 11.75 euros per active user per month with annual billing and 14.10 euros per active user and month for monthly billing.
The biggest bonus here is a guaranteed service time. So if Messenger isn’t available, Slack comes up with it. In addition, as a paying customer, you will receive support at all times.
You can also connect Slack to your existing SAML identity provider so your employees can always securely access Messenger.
Slack Enterprise Grid for very large companies
If you run a very large company and need unlimited workspaces for your central izedness, the enterprise grid version is the right one for you.
There is no fixed price for this model. However, in order to receive a quote, you can use the Slack sales team Contact.
With Enterprise Grid, individual teams can communicate and work with each other online in their own workspaces. All workspaces are also connected by search, direct messages and a directory.
So you only need a single account to access multiple workspaces in your organization.
What about data security at Slack?
No matter which version your company chooses, data security always plays a big role. Slack therefore encrypts all data during transmission and hibernation by default. The data in a workspace always owns and controls the customer, i.e. you.
Messenger also protects your data from potential data loss with tools such as Slack Enterprise Key Management, audit logs, and integrations.
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