As the MobileSyrup team has grown, so too have our communication needs, and Slack has become our go-to app for swapping the latest news and snark. According to a recent profile of Slack co-founder and fellow Canadian, Stewart Butterfield, we’re not alone: Vox Media, Buzzfeed, and Medium are all customers, among a host of other tech-savvy companies.
What makes Slack so great? The development team takes great care to make every feature very simple and very useful; improvements are constant; humour is rampant (shout out to the Slackbot).
A quick look at the release notes for Slack’s Android and iOS updates shows the attention the company places on improving the overall experience through myriad little optimizations. While most mobile apps will feature a few improvements with each version release, the new iOS version of Slack features 15, as well as a bundle of bug fixes. The most notable include 64-bit support for iPhone 5s users, image uploading from the clipboard, and a recent mentions feature, which provides a tailored digest of important messages about you and the important to you mentioned within Slack. The new Slack for Android, a build or two ahead, is no less impressive, adding multiple features for ‘extreme Slackers’, or those who use Slack with multiple teams.
Both versions are available right now from their respective store links below. Slack operates on a freemium model, giving away core functionality for free, but holding many of the advanced integration options behind a paywall.