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Zoom and Slack: Building the future of team communication

By Slack Team

April 26, 2019

When everyone at a company can connect and collaborate easily, new opportunities can be seized quickly and challenges resolved just as fast. That’s why today, we’re announcing a new partnership with Zoom, a leading video communications platform.

It’s our shared belief that teams are better equipped to be nimble and responsive to change when they have a clear line of sight to their organization’s strategy and goals. But the only way that can happen is when teams have access to simplified communication. So we’re partnering up to build on the success of the current Zoom integration for Slack, which more than 10,000 Slack teams already use on a monthly basis (up over 200% from just a year ago).

We’ve developed a joint roadmap to make meetings with your teams less of a hassle. Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield and Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan shared the stage at Slack’s Frontiers conference to lay out what’s ahead. Some features have already been released (think: deeper calendar integrations), and some brand new ones are arriving later this year (hello, Zoom Phone), which means you’ll spend less time on meeting logistics and more time on the important business of decision-making and problem-solving.

Here’s more:

 Manage your Zoom Meetings in Slack

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.

You can also ask your Slack admin to change the default setting for your workspace’s phone icon to Zoom. Now every time you click the phone in Slack, you’ll launch your conversation in Zoom. Need help? Check out our handy guide for customizing your Slack call settings.

Make a call with Zoom Phone

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.

Smarter calendar integrations save you time

Not all good things require you to wait. 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. (It’s the little things.)

We’re committed to building the next generation of tools that power collaboration in the workplace. By making it easier for teams to communicate, we know we can deliver on our mission of making people’s working lives simpler, more pleasant and more productive.

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