Slack adds threaded messages to take the clutter out of public channels

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Slack today is rolling out message threads inside its familiar chat window, allowing teams to have more focused conversations inside a new “flex pane” that appears next to the main chat. The feature, which has been a top request of Slack users, reflects the company’s evolution from a simple communication tool to a place where an increasing amount of work gets done.

Threads are rolling out today across Slack’s web, desktop, and mobile apps. The idea of message threading is not an original one — it is used by some of Slack’s rivals, such as Convo, and is a foundational principle of email, which Slack has noisily promised to kill. But Slack’s implementation of threads is novel, and arguably more useful, than most of its peers — even if it…

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