Slack is redesigning its app as part of the company’s efforts to make the app easier to use. The business messaging app has improved search functionality on the web interface and its desktop and mobile apps, while providing better navigation for channels and direct messages (DMs) across multiple workspaces on Slack. Meanwhile, the Salesforce-owned service is also making it easier for users to start a new chat, channel, call or canvas with a single button on the redesigned version of the app.

company unveiled The redesigned version of the app, released via its blog on Wednesday, showcases a new home page interface that displays all DMs, channels, and apps. The company says it should look familiar to existing versions of Slack, but images the company has shared suggest the new design somewhat resembles its closest competitor, Microsoft Teams. According to the company, the new home section will also display channels across workspaces in an enterprise grid organization.

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Redesigned Slack interface
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Users can also view mentions, threads, reactions, and app notifications in the new Activity tab. Slack currently displays threads, app notifications, and reactions to messages in separate tabs on the left, and when the redesigned interface rolls out, these will all appear under the Activity tab. Meanwhile, a new “Create” button located in the lower left corner will allow users to start a new message, canvas, conversation or channel via a small floating menu.

Slack recently introduced a new “Later” section for messages, which can be used to save and access them at a later date. The redesigned version of the app will include a dedicated tab for saving messages under this category.

Finally, Slack also announced a new and improved search interface for the app. The new split view will allow users to view search results on the left – clicking on a result will display a contextual message on the right, meaning users don’t have to keep opening results in a new view and navigating back until they’re in the service found the news they were looking for.

The redesigned Slack app will roll out to current users and organizations in the coming months, a decision likely made to prevent disruption to existing team processes due to interface changes. In the meantime, the company said new versions of Slack will be available to new users who sign up for the service.


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