Slack today introduced a major new feature for its platform: the new Enterprise Grid. Slack’s new Enterprise Grid is made for big organizations with thousands of employees who simply can’t use the “normal” Slack as it would be too messy due to the huge number of employees within the company. Slack’s Enterprise Grid hopes to solve that using its new workspaces.
When a large organization creates a new Enterprise Grid, they will be able to create a workspace on Slack. These workspaces are essentially teams within the organization — for instance, there could be a workspace for the accounting team or one for the engineering team. Admins will also be able to create new shared channels which will allow organizations to share the same channel between two or more workspaces. Slack’s Enterprise Grid can be used by organizations with up to 500,000 employees.
Slack is also providing security and management features on the Enterprise Grid — as a result, organizations would be able to set policies for workspaces throughout the whole organization. Moreover, companies will also be able to set specific settings for each workspace within their grid, which is going to be really useful. The company is also offering universal search for the whole grid, and the unified search feature will also respect the security policies.
Slack’s new Enterprise Grid is quite a big threat to Office 365’s Microsoft Teams service which is a direct Slack competitor. Microsoft Teams already tackles this issue as the service lets you create channels under different groups, but Slack’s Enterprise Grid seems to offer much better security features for large organizations, along with a better experience as all the different workspaces are separate from each other. Microsoft Teams is still a beta product, so it will get loads of new features in the coming months for sure.