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.
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