Following the launch of Slack Connect earlier last year, Slack announced that the company will expand the service to allow users to connect others outside of their organization through Slack Connect direct messages (DMs). Earlier today, the company finally released the feature.
In case you didn’t know, Slack Connect is designed to replace email to allow users to work with external organization from the software. At the moment, up to 20 organizations can securely work together at the same time with the service. Slack is expending Slack Connect through direct messages. Moreover, the company will allow users to link together multiple organizations to create a private business network later this year.
Following the release of the feature later this year, businesses will be able to use Slack Connect to securely connect to external organizations to make it easier for them to work with trusted partners without relying on long threaded emails. While Slack’s existing enterprise-grade security features will make their way to both channels and direct messages, the company wants to expand the services’ security businesses before Slack Connect’s next feature goes live.
Apart from these upcoming changes, Slack also announced its plans to allow two or more organizations to create their own private business network using Slack Connect. These networks will allow unified directories, direct messaging, channel discovery and shared applications to make it easier to rely on one application for communication.