The workplace messaging and collaboration app – Slack has updated its screen sharing feature to make it more interactive. Users can now invite others to write, code, design etc directly from your shared screen. The new feature is available for Slack’s paid users.
To begin, simply share your screen from a Slack call, and hit the “share control of your screen” button. Each participant will then receive their own cursor, along with the ability to type, edit, scroll, and click through the contents of the shared screen.
And when not in control, viewing participants can temporarily draw over the shared screen, directing attention to particular cells in a spreadsheet, lines of a paragraph, or anything else they want to highlight. Along with the emoji reactions you can already send in Slack calls, the drawing tool can help make presentations feel like more like a two-way conversation.
Slack’s customers have helped to beta test the new feature. In a recent blog post by Slack they said:
“Some organizations share control of their screen for step-by-step IT troubleshooting, while others use it for pair programming. Zapier, a software company with a fully distributed workforce, relies on interactive screen sharing so that two or more individuals can work together triaging bugs and responding to customer tickets.”