Slack Technologies on Tuesday introduced a new range of upgrades that will change how workplace apps function, further stepping away from the traditional bot to offer more advanced workplace apps capable of functioning with buttons and menus, even outside conversations in Slack channels.
The App home is designed in order to act as a home page for apps, where all the updates can be shared without sending messages to a particular channel. One of the first apps to receive the App home feature is Google Calendar, which shows a stream of your upcoming meetings and lets you join a call, reschedule, or RSVP for an appointment.
“It’s so much easier to use now than it was when this was just a stream of messages notifications saying you have a meeting in five minutes,” stated Bear Douglas, Slack director of developer relations There are also certain modal windows, which can pop up within Slack to share detailed information for more complex uses cases that require receiving input from users across multiple steps.
App home and modal windows are designed with Slack’s app design interface Block Kit and are available today. App home is available in open beta and will be generally available for app builders in the coming months. To encourage app discovery, the Slack app will soon get a centrally located place to find SaaS integrations and apps, called the app launcher.