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Slack is adding threaded messaging to help you manage branching conversations

Slack has announced it is stepping things up with a highly requested feature: threaded messaging. Set to roll out to the team collaboration app over the coming days, threaded messaging will let you quickly and easily branch a conversation that may not involve everyone in a channel off into its own thread.

Overall, it looks like Slack's threaded messaging will be fairly easy to use. If someone says something that you want to follow up on, you can simply hover over the message and click the "Start a thread" icon. From there, a sidebar will pop up where you can quickly add a reply. Messages that have already been split into threads will also show thumbnails of the people participating along with the number of replies. All you have to do is click to join in. And if you need to keep track of all of the threads you're participating in, there will be a new "All Threads" option right under "All Unreads" in the sidebar.

In adding threaded messaging, Slack has caught up with at least one big area where Microsoft Teams had it beat on launch. The feature could be incredibly handy for quickly breaking out into discussions that may not concern everyone in a channel without resorting to private DMs. If you're eager to check out threaded messages, Slack says the feature will start rolling out to its desktop and mobile apps over the next few days.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

4 Comments
  • Hmm interesting idea. I don't think it would be useful to me, but it sounds like a good idea.
  • Nice added feature. Now... they really need to add a dark theme for the entire app, not just the side bar.
  • A much needed feature, Slack UI seems difficult to use at times so more updates the better. Dark theme is essential
  • Welcome updates, indeed. Slack is great but I've replaced it with Discord. Voice channels are essential if you're a gamer.