Soft introduced a new feature called “canvas”, which it describes as a “surface” where teams can “maintain, organize and share critical assets”. When it launches next year, Canvas could replace external apps or programs used by teams to gather and share information and ideas, such as Google Docs, company wikis or Notion.

Users can create a new canvas by choosing the option from the drop-down menu next to their Slack team name. They can embed files there, as well as links, channel listings, videos, workflows, to-dos, and other resources — anything helpful team members might need, so so they don’t have to waste valuable time searching for information.

The company envisions the web as something teams could use to organize marketing campaigns, share executive briefings with everyone, and onboard new hires. Users can create templates without having to use any code, and they can continue to modify existing templates instead of creating new ones over and over again. Here is an example of what a canvas might look like:

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Slack has also started rolling out new and updated groups with features it promised in june. Huddles offers audio chat functionality for teams within Slack, but this update also gives users the option to enable video. Opting for a video huddle will open a separate window, and users will have the option to blur their backgrounds as they can in other video conferencing apps such as Zoom. And yes, they can use emoji reactions in video caucuses.

Additionally, the revamped huddle allows multiple people to share their screen at the same time. In a session where multiple people are sharing screens, they can use live cursors and the ability to draw on the shared screens as a visual aid. All information shared in a meeting, including links, files, and notes, will automatically be saved to a thread in the channel or DM where it was started. These discussions can be pinned for easy access and will even be searchable. If they’re posted to channels instead of DMs, even users who aren’t part of the clique will be able to see them. It might take a while for everyone to have access to these features, but Slack says they’ll be available to all users over the next few weeks.

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