After announcing several new features yesterday, Slack has now announced a partnership with Zoom to take on Microsoft Teams in the enterprise collabaration market. Zoom is a leading video communications platform that has been capturing significant enterprise mindshare recently. Zoom integration is already available for Slack and more than 10,000 Slack teams are already using this integration on a monthly basis. Yesterday, Slack announced the following new integrations with Zoom:
- With the next version of the Zoom app for Slack, users will gain more context into team meetings and discussions. You can already launch a Zoom Meeting from Slack—just type /zoom. Soon you’ll not only be able to start or join a meeting but you’ll also see meeting details and who’s in the call before joining—all from within Slack.
- Need to quickly connect with someone who’s likely not in front of their computer? With the upcoming Zoom Phone functionality, you’ll be able to make calls to Slack users over cellular, data or WiFi connections. All you’ll have to do is pull up the Slack profile of the person you want to call and click the phone number they have listed.
- Slack’s Outlook Calendar and Google Calendar apps already include a feature that allows you to join Zoom Meetings with the click of a button. Both apps notify you in Slack of your upcoming meetings, and for meetings that include a Zoom link, calendar notifications have a handy button where you can join the call right from Slack, saving you a frantic search for the information in your calendar invite.