Slack is starting to introduce a new feature that allows anyone using the service to message each other. Announced in October, Slack Connect DM allows users to send private messages to employees outside the company. Designed for companies working with partners or clients, the feature can even be used to send messages to friends at other companies.
Free users can take advantage of the feature
The new DM feature is based on the same work logic as Connect, which Slack unveiled last year. Slack Connect is primarily designed to enable businesses to collaborate through shared channels. Cross-agency DMs are designed to be the next big piece of Connect.
DMs work by sending a special link to start a conversation. Also keep in mind that depending on how your organization has set up Slack, the feature may require approval from the Slack administrator. Paid Slack users can access their Slack Connect DMs today. However, the company says it plans to roll it out to all teams, including free users, soon.
Slack is also working on a new way to connect multiple organizations together to create a private business network. This feature will be released later this year and includes unified folders, channel detection and shared apps.