Slack adds video calling to its Windows desktop app

Slack has kept up its promise that video calls would eventually make their way to the service. Following the launch of voice calls earlier in 2016, the team communication app has now added video calling to the mix.

Slack Video Calls

To get started with video calls, you initiate a call as normal by clicking the phone button in the Slack app. From there, click the camera icon from in the call to turn on your video. In a slight one-up over Hangouts and the like, Slack's video calls will also let you use emoji to react to whatever is being said without interrupting. Options like thumbs-up and a raised hand will hang over your video for a short period to show your response to others.

Video calling is rolling out to users on the Windows and Mac apps, as well as on Chrome over the next few days. The feature also brings Slack closer in competition to Microsoft Teams, which launched in early November as a rival to Slack with video calling already included.

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  • Does it overtake Skype in terms of features and functionalities? I still feel Skype is better.
  • It seams to be a really simple design. Toggle on and off video on your end. Settings for sound, mic, and video inputs. Not much too it but not much is needed I guess... :)
  • skype still has the advantage of screen share imho... Nevertheless a welcome feature as I use slack with some teams.
  • I was hoping for Slack to add this functionality to the app. Good thing is that they are constantly updating their Windows app, which is greatt!!!
  • I've used this app a lot for our family business. Video will help.
  • Ugh. Slack was already a huge memory hog.