Slack introduces video calls on Windows

Slack, the messaging app for teams today introduced video calls support on Windows and Mac. The service introduced voice calls on Windows, Mac, and Mobile devices earlier this year, but Slack users can also perform video calls in the app now. Slack’s video call feature lets users make group video calls with up to 15 users, along with direct video calls between two members of the team. A neat feature for video calls on Slack is the emoji response feature which essentially lets you respond with emojis while you are in a group video call:

Video calling also includes the calls emoji response feature, so without having to unmute, you can use an emoji to ask a question, or to thank people for a job well done. These reactions, along with a few others, will display briefly over your video and play a subtle sound.

It is worth noting that, Slack is undoubtedly the biggest competitor for Microsoft’s recently introduced Teams service. Microsoft Teams, for those unfamiliar, is a similar service which also includes video calls. However, Microsoft Teams takes things a step further than Slack as it lets you schedule meetings from within the app.

As for video calls on Slack, the video calls feature is currently rolling out on Windows and Mac, so it should be available for you within the next 2-3 days. You can get Slack’s desktop apps here.