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Slack trials private shared channels, adds admin controls

Slack has talked of its high expectations for group chat channels, which it argues will replace email as the primary means of workplace communication by 2025.

While channels are becoming a popular method for internal communication, Slack also wants to push them as way to interact with external companies – and stakeholders, too.

With that in mind, the team messaging company has expanded its shared channel feature – unveiled as a beta trial at its first conference in September last year – to enable private conversations between workers at separate organizations.  A third of its paying users have now signed up for the beta, Slack said.

Shared channels differ from guest account access, essentially creating a chat room for employees at two independent companies that regularly interact. The feature was initially made available to paid Slack customers for “public” discussions only, meaning that all users can view and join discussions in the shared channel. 

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