Last week at Dreamforce, Slack announced a new feature called Slack Canvas. It provides a surface where teams can curate, organize, and share information. Canvas makes it easier to leverage information contained within Slack conversations. It can organize files, messages, multimedia content, present data from other systems, and even supports embedded workflows to complete tasks.
Canvas is a significant enhancement, and unlike most new features, it will likely launch next year reasonably robust and mature. That’s because the core technology powering Canvas is not new; it came from Quip, a company founded ten years ago. This is much more than just a new feature. Let’s take a closer look at what’s occurred behind the scenes.