Slack gets a big overhaul, promising a simpler layout

Today, Slack announced a major redesign of its app, which is meant to be simpler, more organized, and just easier to use.

First up is a new navigation bar. It's meant to make it easier to find things and toggle between conversations. There are collapsible menus too, along with a new compose button to make it easier to start new messages.

You'll also finally be able to organize your channels and messages, as long as you're on a paid plan. The idea is that most users have a whole range of channels that they're in, and it can get cluttered. Some of those channels are critical to your workflow, while others aren't, so you might want to move the critical ones to the top. Now you can.

Those channels and messages can be organized into different sections, and you can name those sections. Slack pointed out that the names support emojis, in case you were worried about that.

There's a new lightning bolt icon that will show up next to the message input field, and that's for app integration shortcuts. You'll see things like Cisco WebEx Meetings, Simple Poll, and Freshdesk show up in that section in the coming weeks.

The new Slack starts rolling out today, and it will continue over the next few weeks.

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