A number of months in the past Slack launched a beta function known as Shared Channels, which let two organizations share a typical channel. So for instance a startup might have a channel that it shared with its PR agency or legal professionals.
However generally discussions between two firms are too delicate for your entire firm to see, so at the moment slack is rolling out Personal Shared Channels. Additionally nonetheless in beta, the function will let two firms create a shared channel that’s hidden and invite solely.
This function is nice for 2 firms that want to debate delicate topics, like, I don’t know, perhaps like a merger or funding.
Workers not invited to the non-public shared channel received’t realize it exists, and content material from the channel received’t present up in search outcomes. Personal shared channels might be non-public for both each or simply one of many firms within the channel. So for instance a merger dialogue could possibly be hidden and personal for each firms, or a channel with a startup’s regulation agency could possibly be open to all the startup’s staff however non-public for only a few folks within the regulation agency.
Take a look at the chart beneath to grasp how non-public shared channels works.
Slack can also be rolling out a brand new channel administration part the place directors can view all the exterior workspaces their workspace is related to, see what number of—and which—channels are shared with every workspace, and create new shared channels.
Proper now shared channels are solely accessible in beta for paid accounts, however the startup says that over a 3rd of their paying prospects have joined the beta. And, earlier than the function launched two-thirds of paying prospects have been utilizing visitor accounts to permit customers from different organizations short-term entry into their firm, exhibiting how robust the demand was for a function to let two firms collaborate.
Slack nonetheless isn’t saying when these options will depart beta, however they’re accessible now for all paying accounts.