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39 Slack Hacks to Help You Say Goodbye to Email

Mar 7 '16 | By La Afrique Media | Views: 58 | Comments: 0

While its name might conjure thoughts of laziness, cloud-based teamcollaboration app Slack is taking the business world by storm.

In less than three years, the service has moved from 17,000 users at launch to 2.3 million as of February, one-fifth of whom only started Slacking within the last two months. That's especially amazing since it started out as the messaging system inside a video game that didn't get off the ground.

Slack's been called an "email killer"; we use it here at PCMag for that very reason (alongside Yammer, Basecamp, Asana, and Google Apps), and it works. If you're not sure what it's all about, here's Slack's own video intro to the service.

If you're not a corporate titan with a big team, Slack can still work for you. Unlimited users can create a team for free; it's simply limited by how many services you can integrate (10) and how many messages you can store (10,000). At that level, it works for families and groups of friends, too—especially those already standardized on Slack for work, naturally.

Of course, if you pay, you get unlimited storage and integrations, with a per-userprice that starts a $8/month or $80.04/year.

Slack Technologies, the privately owned company behind the software, appears to be riding high on the growth it's experiencing; it's currently valued at $2.76 billion and has an $80 million fund just to get developers to make third-party apps that integrate even better with Slack. It's a Slack world, we just message in it.

But we could be better at it. There's a lot of great stuff under the hood of the Slack system. Read on for all you need to know to get the most out of it and become the Slack-guru of your office.

(Note that on the following slides, many won't work if you don't have a Slack account; if you do, most will append your active teamname to the front of the URL. Those for owners/admins won't work unless you have that level of access.)

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