What do May flowers bring? News from Slack.

Greetings! Lots of things spring up in spring, even at Slack. If you missed any of our announcements, launches, or stories about work from the past month,…

Greetings! Lots of things spring up in spring, even at Slack. If you missed any of our announcements, launches, or stories about work from the past month, here is a colorful but understated bouquet of highlights.

The big stuff

You can now set a custom status for your profile in Slack. Let your coworkers know when you’re out for lunch, in meetings, or working from the emergency vet waiting room because you won’t believe what the dog ate last night.

For those of you in Japan, we launched fully translated Help Center documentation in Japanese (it’s already available in French and German). We also released international currency support so now you can pay for Slack in €, ‎‎£, or ¥ (that’s Euro, GBP, and Yen).

The little things

  • We updated Slack’s mobile apps to make it easier to upload files, run slash commands, and share files on the go.
  • Instagram videos now play directly in Slack.
  • When using the Calls feature, the buttons to mute and turn your camera on/off are now easier to understand.
  • A new message menu feature launched on a dozen apps, giving you another way to interact with apps using drop-down menus.

Podcast, get yer podcast here!

We released two new episodes of Work In Progress, our show about finding meaning and identity in work. Episode 23’s story is about bringing your true self to work, and includes a profile of a professional rugby player that came out as gay to his team. Episode 24 introduces us to someone who makes his living watching grass grow (it’s called turf management and it’s a whole thing).

More stories to help you do things

If you want better ways to connect with colleagues, search for fellow employees, and organize members into groups, we wrote some tips on how to do all that in Slack.

If you work in recruiting, you’ll love the story of how Slack’s own recruiting team describes their entire process of high-volume hiring.

For those of you on software development teams, we interviewed a handful of companies to describe the best-practices workflows and apps their teams use in Slack.

Those in creative industries: we interviewed indie music label Darling Recordings on how they use Slack to manage recording artists, then looked at coworking spaces that cater to needs of workers today.

Finally, we asked the proverbial question: Should you hire your friend?


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