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Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived

Comment Slack chief exec Stewart Butterfield is one of the more thoughtful Web 2.0 CEOs, but his software is like those movie sets in Westerns: all facade, no house. A beautiful UX is created, the hipsters are lured in. It worked for Flickr, and it worked for Slack. “Slack just feels, looks and sounds different than the boring …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jul 2018
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Microsoft Teams goes free, as free as the wind blows... up to a point

On the eve of its 2018 partner conference, Inspire, Microsoft has launched a freebie version of its Slack-alike collaboration platform, Teams. While Redmond has put a brave face on things, claiming 200,000 businesses over 181 markets are happily collaborating in the shiny new Teams world, Slack merely applies some oil to its …
Richard Speed, 12 Jul 2018
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Put WhatsApp, Slack, admin privileges in a blender and what do you get? Wickr

It's an issue every sysadmin faces: how do you maintain a decent level of network security when everyone and their dog wants to use the latest messaging app or collaboration tool? And when they inevitably do add WhatsApp and Signal and Slack and Telegram to their devices and set up their own project spaces, placing …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jul 2018

Hipster horror! Slack has gone TITSUP: Total inability to support user procrastination

Updated Hipster darling and reskinned IRC client Slack went dark today, with users having to resort to actually speaking to each other instead. The topple began at 10:25 UK time, with Slack's status drone tweeting that the service was having some problems. Things appeared to get back to normal 10 minutes later (the time it takes a …
Richard Speed, 27 Jun 2018
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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mark the life of Slack for Windows Phone

Users of the Windows Phone incarnation of the popular collaborative messaging platform Slack have been advised to look elsewhere. The latest update of the application arrived last week, with a message warning that this was it. There would be no further tweaks. Slack's support site agreed. Though it'll remain available in …
Richard Speed, 18 Jun 2018
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Productivity knocks: I've got 99 Slacks, but my work's not done

If I had a dollar for every time someone said Slack was the answer to a business's problems, I'd have retired to a beach in Australia long ago. I'm currently in seven different Slack teams, and I've still got problems. At the other end of the argument, a small business remarked that they are happy to stick with email because …
Sonia Cuff, 17 Apr 2018
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Microsoft's Teams lights solitary candle, hipsters don't notice

Microsoft's Slack competitor Teams hit its first birthday this week, trumpeting some big numbers and a slew of new features. Teams, which began rolling out to Office 365 subscribers last year, is Microsoft's answer to the Slack messaging platform. Unlike Slack, Teams unsurprisingly does not seek to dispense with corporate …
Richard Speed, 12 Mar 2018

Slack cuts ties to IRC and XMPP, cos they don't speak Emoji

One of the virtues of cult messaging app Slack was its gateways allowing integration with the venerable IRC and XMPP messaging protocols. Note that "was" we used back there, because Slack has announced it will close the gateways and apologised in advance for messing things up for users and those who built customisations using …

Google powers up latest app it'll cancel in two years: Hangouts Chat

Google has moved its Slack rival out of beta and into general availability. The Mountain View advertising house this week formally released Hangouts Chat, the chat-and-collaboration platform thing it teased around this time last year. The system was previously limited to organizations enrolled in Google's Early Adopter Program …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Feb 2018
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Slack bots have the keys to your processes. What could go wrong? Well...

It’s almost impossible to talk about Agile software development without mentioning bots. If you think that's a bit of a stretch, maybe try and talk about DevOps without some sort of collaboration tool. Then realise that the two are beautifully linked. The collaborative nature of Agile means solutions like Slack are a natural …
Sonia Cuff, 28 Feb 2018
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IBM gives Services staff until 2019 to get agile

Exclusive IBM has told its Services workers to get agile – as in the development practice, not as in yoga – by the end of the year. Internal documents seen by The Register inform IBMers of a new program called: "New ways of working - Agile Values and Practices." This latest effort calls for all Big Blue services staff to quickly …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2018
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Skype, Slack, other apps inherit Electron vuln

Updated If you've built a Windows application on Electron, check to see if it's subject to a just-announced remote code execution vulnerability. Electron is a node.js and Chromium framework that lets developers use Web technologies (JavaScript, HTML and CSS) to build desktop apps. It's widely-used: Skype, Slack, Signal, a Basecamp …
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Slack apologises to Europe for TITSUP* services

Slackers of Europe, it might be a good time to enjoy a little me-time as techies at the messaging and collaboration app biz attempt to wake the supposed productivity improvement tool from its slumber. "Connectivity issues" have hit users on the continent and perhaps elsewhere, the company confirmed today. At 12:23 AM PST (08: …
Andrew Silver, 16 Nov 2017

Hipsterverse horror as Slack takes Halloween hiatus

Slack has suffered an outage that plunged parts of the world into conversation or less-pretty messaging platforms for a couple of hours. The horror manifested just as the United States West Coast darkened in preparation for Halloween, sending tens of thousands, including Reg operatives in San Francisco and Sydney, scrambling …
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Open source sets sights on killing WhatsApp and Slack

Exclusive The company that writes the open-source software for three-quarters of the world's Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) email servers has a plan that could kill off proprietary chat services like Facebook's WhatsApp. And that means you, too, Slack. German open-source software-as-a-service operation Open-Xchange acquired the …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Oct 2017
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You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

Slack is distributing versions of its chatroom app for Linux machines that are not digitally signed, contrary to industry best practice. The absence of a digital signature creates a means for miscreants to sling around doctored versions of the software that users wouldn't easily be able to distinguish from the real thing. El …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2017

Chap tames Slack by piping it into Emacs

Emacs enthusiast Artur Malabarba has put the text editor to work taming Slack. Malabarba likes Slack and feels it's a fine tool for intra-office chat, but also feels that “it’s also a powerful source of distractions.” But he can't turn it off all day, so decided to “keep the spam in check.” Doing so proved quite simple. …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2017

Slack re-invents the extranet and shared Notes databases with cross-company teams

Slack has re-invented some stuff Lotus Notes did 20 years ago and declared it will make you more productive. Slack's big new thing is called “Shared Channels”. They “work just like the Slack channels you’re used to using with your internal teams, but connect two separate organizations, giving both sides a shared space to work …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2017

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