Facebook, Slack and Google strengthen their collaborative platform


While Facebook has launched its Workplace Chat desktop app, Slack has taken a screenshot share while Google is boosting collaboration in Gmail.


The competition on the collaborative market has hardened in recent days with the functional offensives operated almost blow by blow by Facebook, Slack and Google. With the aim of densifying their collaborative offers used by companies, each of its suppliers has provided, differently its weapons. Review of the forces involved and the latest functions unveiled in the field.


Facebook Worplace muscular with a chat app

Facebook’s Workplace enterprise social networking tool has been enriched with a chat feature that currently only exists in mobile and web applications. Offered as a desktop version for MacOS and Windows in beta, it includes additional screen sharing functions. Launched initially 3 weeks ago in beta version, it is now available in final version. “An office application will provide a work space for employees,” said Raúl Castañón-Martínez, senior analyst at 451 Research at the time. “Integration with enterprise communication tools and third-party applications – which Facebook has already started – will make it the place where employees will do their jobs, receive notifications, and interact with colleagues. The social networking giant recently reported that more than 30,000 organizations around the world use Workplace. A significant leap from the 14,000 announced last April at the F8 developer conference.


Screen sharing function in Slack. (credit: Slack)

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Screen sharing in addition to voice and video calls for Slack

While Facebook has added some basic tools for its collaborative platform, Slack went a step further by announcing last Wednesday what many users wanted from him, namely sharing and taking screenshots. This feature allows users to share their screen with others remotely with editing, scrolling, and click capabilities. This advanced screen sharing capability is inherited from Slack’s 2014 acquisition of Screenhero, in addition to video and voice calling features. Note that this screen sharing function is only available to users of the paid version of Slack up to 15 users.


Trello backed by Gmail can back collaborative business applications. (credit: Google)

Another heavyweight of the collaborative, Google, has unveiled plans to integrate third-party applications directly into Gmail. While many vendors are struggling to emancipate themselves from email, the Mountain View firm remains quite committed to this tool that can be combined with group messaging as well as work platforms. . “We believe email can do more than just ‘reply’ and ‘send’, so we’re announcing Gmail add-ons, a new way to work in your favorite business applications,” said Aakash Sahney, Product Manager. at Gmail.

With Gmail add-ons, Google sees email as a productivity hub for professionals, accessing information from tools such as Asana, Trello and Smartsheet without having to switch between apps. Add-ons can be accessed through the “Settings” button in Gmail. The complete list of Gmail add-ons includes DialPad, DocuSign, Hire, Intuit QuickBooks Invoicing, ProsperWorks, RingCentral, Streak and Wrike.

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