Slack is rolling out new a new Scheduled Send feature on desktop and mobile

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What you need to know

  • Slack is grilling out a new Scheduled Send feature across all platforms.
  • Users will be able to schedule a message to be sent at a later date and time.

Slack is rolling out a new Scheduled Send feature that will allow users to schedule a time for messages to be sent in the future.

The feature, announced today and first reported by The Verge, will likely be of most use to people whose teams are in different timezones. Someone could schedule a message to be sent when someone else is available, for example, rather than risk a message being missed.

When you have an important message to share in Slack but it's not the best time to send it quite yet, you can schedule it. Select a date and time in the future and rest assured your message will be sent whether you're at your desk or on the go.

Sending a scheduled message will be as simple as pressing and holding on the green send button on mobile, or clicking a new dropdown menu beside it on Mac and Windows. Users will be able to select pre-configured times or enter their own as required.

It's fair to say that Slack isn't one of the best Mac apps around, but it's one that many of us have to deal with day in and day out. Features like this are most welcome because it makes working in remote teams easier – and that's surely what Slack is here to do.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.