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This article was published on June 8, 2016

Slack introduces voice calling: It’s like a telephone, only for the internet

Slack introduces voice calling: It’s like a telephone, only for the internet
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There’s nothing wrong with typing in direct message or channels, or even sending the occasional GIF when words fail you, but sometimes the direct approach is best. Now, Slack is making it easy to start a quick call with team members without ever having to reach for your phone.

You remember your phone, right? It’s the thing you use to check Facebook, send text messages and on otherwise unavoidable scenarios, answer phone calls.

After ‘months of testing’ the feature dropped today for all Slack users, no matter where you use the platform (Web, desktop or mobile).

Better still, you can use emoji in-call.

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To use Slack’s new calling feature, just click the little phone icon near the person’s name you wish to talk to. From there, well, it’s a phone call. I’m sure you can figure it out.

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