Slack adds action buttons to become a true workplace communication hub

Slack is giving developers tools to build new integrations that turn clicks on messages into actions on their own platforms. Developers including Asana, Jira, Pocket, and Zendesk have integrated the new “action buttons,” as they are known, letting you perform actions on those services directly from Slack messages. While aspects of this feature were previously available using slash commands, Slack executives say that showcasing the options in a visual interface will boost their usage.

In the work-tracking service Asana, for example, you’ll be able to turn a Slack message into a task, complete with person responsible, due date, and corresponding project. You can also add Slack messages to existing Asana tasks to provide additional context.

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