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Domino’s on Slack lets you order a pizza between chats

Domino’s on Slack lets you order a pizza between chats

Domino's has expanded beyond its Facebook Messenger bot, announcing a new integration that allows customers to place an order through Slack. The integration makes Domino's the first national pizza chain to provide ordering on the messaging platform, though definitely not the first company to hawk its products through the platform. Ordering lunch at work just got a little easier, however.

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Slack is still down, but some fixes are in the pipeline

Slack is still down, but some fixes are in the pipeline

Earlier this evening, Slack users began experiencing issues accessing the service. A few hours have passed and the messaging platform is still down, forcing companies, groups, and others who rely on the platform to resort to more archaic measures like email. The service disruption is a big deal given the huge number of groups and companies that rely on Slack for their daily communications.

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Slack Shared Channels make it easy to work with anyone

Slack Shared Channels make it easy to work with anyone

Slack has announced a new feature called Shared Channels that enables teams to use the service with anyone, eliminating the hassle of adding guests into the mix. One example is a client -- it is arguably easier to work with a client through Slack with its various features than it is to keep batting emails back and forth. That's where a Shared Channel comes into play.

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Microsoft plotting Skype Teams as a competitor to Slack

Microsoft plotting Skype Teams as a competitor to Slack

Earlier this year, we heard that Microsoft had considered putting in an $8 billion offer for Slack, a group messaging service that has quickly grown in popularity over the last few years. Then, remembering that it had already shelled out billions of dollars for Skype, Microsoft pulled out of negotiations with Slack. Now it seems Microsoft is planning to use the Skype platform to develop a Slack competitor, calling it Skype Teams and offering a fair amount of functionality that Slack doesn't have - namely Office 365 integration.

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Slack is now selling emoji-based temporary tattoos

Slack is now selling emoji-based temporary tattoos

Have you ever looked at an emoji and wished you could print it on your flesh in the style of classic American tattoos? If you answer yes, then Slack has good news for you. The company has added a pack of temporary tattoos to its online store. The tattoos were designed by tattoo artist Jessi Preston and come in sets of half a dozen. This is the latest item in Slack's online store for physical goods.

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Slack Message Buttons bring other apps into your chats

Slack Message Buttons bring other apps into your chats

Slack has announced Message Buttons, making it easier for users to multitask by bringing apps directly into the chats. Buttons for a dozen apps have been added and are ready to use, and Slack says we’ll be seeing apps for others in the Slack App Directory in the future. Three of the currently-available Message Buttons are for Abacus, Greenhouse, and Trello.

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Slack voice calls finally available for all

Slack voice calls finally available for all

Slack, one of the hottest tools in the realm of team and work communications has just flipped the switch to make its promised voice call feature available for anyone and everyone. It might seem almost antithetical to Slack's original, primarily text-based nature, but it is an admission that sometimes typed words or even images just aren't enough to get things rolling in the office. It is also a declaration of war and an incursion into the territory mostly dominated by Skype.

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Slack introduces ‘Sign in with Slack’ option for developers

Slack introduces ‘Sign in with Slack’ option for developers

Slack has introduced a new sign-in option developers can add to their apps — ‘Sign in with Slack.’ With it, Slack users can use their Slack credentials to sign up for an app that supports it. This feature has the added benefit of keeping Slack teams connected with each other across other apps, says Slack, and brings with it a few benefits for developers, too.

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Taco Bell now has a bot for ordering within Slack

Taco Bell now has a bot for ordering within Slack

Slack, the messaging/collaboration app, has changed the way the employees of many companies communicate and work, from its goal of eliminating email, to letting people request a ride home with a growing number of bots. But soon you'll be able to use it to order tacos. That's right, fast food giant Taco Bell has announced it's developing a chat AI for Slack that will let users place and customize food orders using natural language conversations.

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Microsoft pulls out of $8 billion Slack deal

Microsoft pulls out of $8 billion Slack deal

There have been reports floating around since Friday that Microsoft was interested in purchasing the messaging service Slack. This was a bit strange, considering that the company already owns one of the largest messaging services, Skype. It turns out that the rumors were true, and that Microsoft was considering purchasing the company. However, the key word now is "was."

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Report: Microsoft considered seeking $8bn Slack acquisition

Report: Microsoft considered seeking $8bn Slack acquisition

Microsoft considered shelling out $8 billion for the messaging service Slack, according to a new report. Not everyone in charge as Microsoft liked the idea, though, and Bill Gates himself reportedly urged for the company to instead focus on Skype and ways to make it more competitive. The news follows the recent addition of voice calls to Slack, positioning it to better battle against Skype.

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Slack debuts voice calling on desktop and Chrome apps

Slack debuts voice calling on desktop and Chrome apps

As was predicted just yesterday, Slack has revealed that it's bringing native voice calls to its virtual office/messaging/collaboration service. The feature will start rolling out today as a beta in the official Slack desktop apps as well as the Chrome plugin. Once activated, users don't need to rely on any additional apps or services external to Slack to make a voice call, including the recent integration with Skype.

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