Slack Pro users can keep their current subscription for another year if they renew before September 1, 2022
Business communication platform Slack is increasing its monthly price and changing the way its free tier works.
The changes, which the company announced via its blog, will take effect on September 1, 2022.
Current customers can lock in their existing payment plans for an additional year, provided they renew before September, according to the blog. However, if they don’t trade, users of the ‘Pro’ plan will see the price rise from $8 per month to $8.75 (£7). For the annual ‘Pro’ plan, users will see an increase from $6.67 per month to $7.25 per year (£5.75).
The reasoning behind the increase is due to new features; Slack has turned somewhat since the pandemic and now advertises as a “digital headquarters” for hybrid workers. This has led to a host of new features and improvements, such as Slack Connect and increased investment in Slack Huddles. This is the first time Slack’s costs have risen since its inception in 2014, coinciding with a global cost of living crisis.
“To reflect all that added value and ensure we can continue to invest in innovation, today we are announcing our first price increase since we launched in 2014,” Slack said in its blog. “This increase only affects users on our Pro plan. In addition, we are updating our free plan to make it easier than ever for users to try out new features.”
For those who have a free Slack subscription, there will be changes to how messages are stored. Previously, Slack would show the last 10,000 messages and 5 GB of uploads. However, this will change to a time base rather than an amount, with Slack showing 90 days worth of messages or uploads, regardless of how much or how little is sent.
Free users also have access to some of the newer Slack features, such as Clips, which allow anyone to send audio, video, or screen share messages in direct messages or channels. This is primarily used to provide updates and important information when a recipient(s) is ready, rather than having additional meetings. This also includes a ‘retention’ period for messages and files.
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