Slack introduced Message Buttons on Tuesday, a new developer tool that allows bots to add clickable buttons to messages within the Slack app.
The goal is to allow workers to interact with third party services that integrate with Slack and to complete tasks from within the app itself.
"Click one button to get your work done, whether that’s posting a tweet, approving a new job posting, or filing your expense report," according to Slack's announcement. "Instead of having to search your inbox or open three new browser tabs, you’d be able to complete your task straight from Slack and move on to what’s next."
Slack has been on a mission to improve enterprise productivity through its app. To do that, the company is working to allow users to conduct much of their business through the communication platform.
In May, the company announced a new feature that enables users to sign into and use other apps with their Slack identities. Rather than having to remember a login and password for every workplace app, users simply use their Slack login to interact with third-party apps.
Now, with Message Buttons, users can view an expense report, for example, inside the message system. Rather than having to open the report on an external site, users could simple approve or deny the expense with a click of a button without having to leave Slack.
The first dozen Slack apps have already added Message Buttons, and more are soon to come, according to the company.
Slack is one of only a few companies that has made any headway in the interoffice messaging space. The company now touts 3 million users active daily, with 2 million connected simultaneously.