Slack has, for some time, allowed users to make voice calls through third-party applications. But with the company’s latest update, users can now take advantage of a new voice calling feature. This feature allows users a chance to have one-on-one voice calls, or take part in conference calls with up to 15 people.
Contrary to reports from earlier in the week, the new feature, which is currently on beta test, has yet to go live for everyone. It is only available to select Slack users, and, according to the company, less than half of its user base has access to the beta test. Company administrators, can visit this link to see if the update is available.
The feature works simply by allowing users who are chatting via direct message to click on a handset icon to begin a sound voice with someone else. The other user will then get a pop-up notification that will give them the option to pick up the call and begin the conversation, or reject the call. For channels, or rooms with multiple people, users will be prompted and asked if they want to begin a voice call. They will then be asked to name the conference call, and invite up to 15 people. The option to post emojis would also be available to users taking part in the calls.
The new update can be considered a key move for Slack, which had previously been focusing on text messaging first and foremost. But in a statement made yesterday, the company said that launching this new feature, even on beta, is part of its 2016 roadmap.