The popular communication app Slack is rolling out a new feature this week for desktop users: one-to-one and group video calling. Prior to this update, Slack has been limited to text-based chat and audio calling without add-ons.
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Slack says the new video calling feature will work similarly to the audio calling capability with direct app integration. One-to-one video calling will be available for free; paid accounts are required for group video calling which supports up to 15 accounts per call.
The announcement adds that third-party services for video calling like Google Hangouts that offer Slack integration will continue to be supported, and Slack groups can set a default call service so Slack’s video calling doesn’t have to take over.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Slack video calling without some emoji included:
Video calling also includes the calls emoji response feature, so without having to unmute, you can use a ✋ to ask a question, add a 👍 to show your approval, or 🙇 to thank people for a job well done. These reactions, along with a few others, will display briefly over your video and play a subtle sound.
Video calling will be limited to the Mac, Windows, and Chrome apps; mobile is not fully supported currently:
On the move? Users on the mobile apps can still join any ongoing video call, but will be limited to sharing and receiving audio.