Slack secretly releases mobile calling to non-beta users
‘Calls’ the Slack alternative to Google Hangouts has been around since last month for desktop users — if your team has it enabled. This month, Slack had been playing around with Calls for mobile devices, a feature that beta users had access to while the rest of us waited patiently.
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Today, it seems that the feature has dropped the beta tag and started to make its way to all Slack mobile users on Android or iOS.
To start a call, simply open an individual or group direct message and click the small arrow icon at the top to reveal a menu. Inside the menu, near the bottom there’s a feature that says “Call (user).”
It’s unclear how long the feature has been available to non-beta users, but for many organizations that rely on Slack — like TNW — the ability to remain within the platform to handle quick inter-office calling and group meetings is definitely a welcome addition.
Originally published at thenextweb.com on April 10, 2016.