Tug of War! Facebook, Google and Slack Launches New Features

The recent launch of new features in Facebook, Google, and Slack has just made the competition in collaboration market even tough. Here is an overview of such features.

The collaboration market is going thorough stiff competition as leading vendors are launching new features to get an edge over each other. This week, Facebook, Slack and Google have come up with major updates with their products. While Facebook has launched a standalone desktop chat for its business messaging app, Slack comes up with an interactive screen sharing feature. Google didn’t lag behind as it unveiled plans to integrate third party apps directly into Gmail.

Here is an overview of the recently launched features by these leading collaboration vendors.

Desktop Chat App by Facebook Workplace:

Facebook has added a new standalone desktop app for its enterprise messaging app, Workplace Chat. It enables the users to share screens, send files and communicate via text and video. Plus, it will allow the users to create virtual rooms of up to 50 people for video conferences. The previous video features in Workplace were only confined to live video broadcasts and one to one video conversations.

Slack is Looking to Make Big with its Screen Sharing Feature:

Slack messaging Slack also came up with its much awaited feature—interactive screen sharing. It lets you to share the access of your screen for IT support or to collaborate on programming. It will be available as “share control of your screen” button on the screen. A user will be required to click this button in order to get the ability to type, edit, scroll, and click on the shared screen.

Gmail is All Set with Third-Party Add-Ons:

GmailGoogle also joined the party with its plans to integrate third party add-ons. It is seen as a move by Google to redefine its mailing service, Gmail. Gmail product manager Aakash Sahney opines,” Email can “do more than ‘reply’ and ‘forward,’ which is why we’re announcing Gmail add-ons, a new way to work with your favorite enterprise apps directly in Gmail.,”

The new feature will allow the users to access information from tools like Asana, Trello, and Smartsheet without requiring them to switch between apps.

Now it will be interesting to see how beneficial will be these new features for their respective vendors. But it is for sure that they will enhance the user’s experience.


About Ng Wei Khang

Ng Wei Khang, CEO at a Singapore based IT consultancy company, APIXEL IT Support, has been operational for over 8 years from now. Apixel provides fixed price IT Support Services with unlimited packages that includes small business server setup, Cloud Solution Configuration, Network management and Data security & Theft prevention. The company also provides expert IT consultancy to SMEs in Singapore.

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