Major Gmail Update Coming Next Week

Google is preparing to deploy a major update to Gmail, one that will start rolling out next week and progress over the next few months.

WeChat Halts New Subscriptions

Popular chat and social media app WeChat, known as Weixin in China, has announced it is suspending new subscriptions as it deploys a security upgrade.

Twitch Rolling Out Threaded Chat Replies

Twitch is rolling out threaded chat replies, in an effort to help individuals better communicate in chaotic chat threads.

Discord Ends Buyout Talks With Microsoft, Will Go Public Instead

Discord has ended talks with Microsoft — over the latter attempting to buy the chat platform — and will focus on going public instead, according to reports.

Discord Pivots to Chat, Downplays Gaming

Discord is working on repositioning itself as a chat platform, rather than a gaming messaging platform.

Signal Now Allows Chat History Transfer on iOS

Secure messaging app Signal has added the ability to transfer one’s chat history on iOS devices.

Slack Adds Support For Microsoft Teams Calls

Despite a heated rivalry, Slack has announced support for Microsoft Teams calls.

Facebook Launches Messenger App for macOS and Windows

Facebook has announced the release of a native Messenger app for both Windows and macOS.

Microsoft Teams Gets Outlook Integration and More

Microsoft just announced a bevy of new features for Microsoft Teams, bringing Outlook integration, targeted communication, new files experience and more.

IBM Goes All-In On Slack, Deploys App To All 350,000 Employees

“Going wall to wall in IBM — it’s basically the maximum scale that there is, so we now know that Slack will work for literally the largest organizations in the world,” Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield said.

How To Keep Your Remote Employees Feeling Connected

Video meetings, persistent team chat, and consistent in-person connections are all important for keeping a connected feeling with remote employees, says Lisa Walker, Vice President of Brand & Corporate Marketing at Fuze. “Remote employees will always talk about how they feel disconnected from HQ and disconnected from the company.”

Facebook Has A New ‘Work Chat’ App For Businesses

Facebook has a new app for business chat called Work Chat, which is part of its Facebook at Work program. You have to have a Facebook at Work account to use the app, and right now, those are only available…

Twitter’s Apparently Thinking About Group Chat

Does Twitter need a group chat feature? Would you use it? According to the company’s CFO, group chat is one of the functions high up on their future innovation list. Speaking at the Citi Global Technology Conference in New York,…

Gmail Gets Update For Hangouts Chat

Google announced some improvements to Hangouts chat in Gmail. This includes Google Apps for Business and Education users. Users will now see an updated user interface in their conversation list. This includes status markers as green bubbles. Also, the displayed…

Beast, Zuck’s Dog, Gets His Own Stickers in Facebook Chat

Mark Zuckerberg’s Puli (a type of Hungarian Sheepdog) has to be one of the most popular dogs in the world – at least one of the most “liked.” Back in 2011, Beast Zuckerberg got his own Facebook page (in clear…

Facebook Now Lets You Send Photos in Chat

Some users are seeing a new notification when they open up a chat window today – Facebook notifying them that they can now send photos in chat. “New! Send a Photo in Chat. Choose an image to send instantly,” reads…

Facebook Tests Green Dot Chat Indicator Directly In News Feed [UPDATED]

Facebook is testing a new way to let users know which of their friends are online and available for chat. We’ve seen some version of this indicator all over the place for years, but the newest home for Facebook’s green…

Snapchat Sees an Incredible 150 Million Photos Daily

Are you snapping ephemeral photos with the Snapchat app? If not, you may be quickly becoming the minority. Apparently, Snapchat is processing more photos daily than Instagram. And not just more – nearly four times as many. The figure was…

Facebook Tests Messenger-Like Chat Bubbles on Desktop

Facebook is currently testing a new look to chat on desktop – one that looks nearly identical to the way chat appears on the Facebook Messenger app. The new design has blue and white chat bubbles, instead of the simple…

Facebook for iOS Gets Some Chat-Related Updates (Gifts, Photo Uploading As Well)

Facebook has just announced an update to their iOS app, the first major update since they launched version 5.0 back in August. Version 5.1 of Facebook for iOS brings multiple photo sharing and a bunch of chat-oriented updates. Now, users…