Slack To Launch New 3rd-Party App Downloads [Report]

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Slack will soon launch a new way for users to download third-party apps, according to a new report from TechCrunch.

Slack is hosting an event this week, which may or may not see that launch. The report is short on details about how the new app ecosystem will work, but the more friendly Slack gets with other tools, the more useful it should be.

Slack already lets you utilize a number of tool integrations. There are close to 90 of them, serving all kinds of purposes from video meetings to server configuration monitoring. From the report:

Third-party apps would give Slack the ability to publicize and highlight the top use cases for Slack within tools that sit on top of the service. It’s also a natural move for any service that serves as a platform for collaboration.

And of course, with all of this brings Slack the opportunity to closely monitor the most popular use cases for the service that sit on top of its normal communication tools. Those opportunities give a company like Slack a chance to either build those popular tools themselves (which is often the case with Apple) or invest in — and potentially acquire — those tools.

In other Slack news, the service is getting a Do Not Disturb feature, and is reportedly preparing to launch an Enterprise version (something else that could be announced at the event).

Slack had a reported 750,000 people using the service for work earlier this year.

Image via Slack

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