Slack has reported another Scheduled Send include that the organization is beginning to carry out today, which — as the name suggests — will allow clients schedule messages to send sometime in the future and date.
The scheduled send feature adds a new drop-down arrow to the green “send message” button in Slack’s desktop application. Clicking it will reveal a new menu that allows for scheduling a message to send to a room, direct message, or group thread later on. Mobile clients will actually want to get to a similar menu by long-pressing on the send button in the Slack application on Android and iOS.
Slack will offer both pre-filled options (like “tomorrow morning at 9:00AM”) just as the capacity to set a custom date and time to send a message. Messages can be booked up to 120 days ahead of time, and clients will actually want to reschedule, edit, or delete scheduled messages before they’re sent.
“Today we launched Scheduled Send to empower users to communicate and collaborate in a way that works best for them,” the company announced in a statement, explaining that “teams shouldn’t be obligated to sync their schedules in order to communicate effectively.”
The ability to schedule messages is a basic one given the different time zones and locations that offices — both remote, in-person, and hybrid — stretch across in the present work world. And keeping in mind that email services like Gmail have offered the ability to schedule messages for some other time (so clients aren’t pinging groups at odd hours or getting messages lost for the time being), the feature has been notably absent from Slack as of not long ago.