Slack expands app capabilities, adding granular permissions for better security

The addition of application startup screens creates a central location for data at a glance, while granular permissions provide more stringent controls for accessing information.

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Slack is expanding the capabilities of applications created for the team collaboration platform with the addition of a Home tab for applications, giving developers the ability to customize visible information at a glance, outside the context of the interface based on messages that Slack is known for. The capabilities were announced Tuesday at Spec, the company's developer conference in San Francisco.

The ability of the Home tab can be used to display information about third-party services, with Slack demonstrating an integration with Google Calendar that shows the user's schedule for the day, in addition to providing the ability to accept or change participation responses in meetings and directly join video calls.

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The multi-step modal windows were also introduced as part of the ad, providing an easier way to collect data on forms and show results or options to users. The new features are part of the Slack & # 39; s Block Kit toolkit, originally launched in February, which allows developers to design visual workflows operating on the Slack web, desktop applications and mobile applications natively, without require rewrites for different interfaces.

Slack notes in a blog post that has more than 1,800 applications currently available in the Applications Directory, including "Atlassian, Google, Microsoft, SAP, Workday and Zoom tools, as well as Slack-first services such as Guru, Lattice, Polly and Troops, "in addition to 500,000 custom applications" used in a typical week during September 2019 ". In this regard, Slack promotes a survey that indicates that 95% of Slack application users say that applications make Slack more valuable.

Slack also introduced a new interface to display applications in Slack, which lists "all applications installed in your workspace along with ways you discover more," as well as the ability to invoke application actions using Quick Switcher, which provides the ability to initiate an action without knowing the name of the application needed to do so. For example, "submitting a support service ticket" could apply to any number of support service applications, which could vary for people switching between work spaces or for new employees who are not familiar with the service environment of assistance in your new workplace.

Granular permissions were introduced in Spec as an open beta version, which provides better visibility to which data applications they need to access. The use of granular permissions depends on the application developer limiting the scopes to the data necessary for its application; This is not equivalent to User Account Control in Windows Vista or to security changes in macOS Catalina.

For more information, see "Slack & # 39; s The Labor Status Survey finds a communication gap between aligned and non-aligned workers" and "Slack has become the glue for the productivity of an organization "on ZDNet.

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