Slack raises prices and makes changes to its free version

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Slack increases its prices and makes changes to its free version

The Slack app logo on a New York Stock Exchange screen

For the first time since its launch in 2014, the messaging platform for Slack will increase the subscription price for the business version of its service from $8.00 to $8.75 monthly (from approximately $10.30 to $11.30 Canadian).

This change will take effect on September 1. As for the annual subscription, it will increase from 6.67 to 7.25 US dollars per person per month (from 8.60 to 9.30 Canadian dollars approximately). The company says it imposes these additional fees to continue to invest in innovation.

Customers who wish to take advantage of the current rate for as long as possible can renew their annual subscription before September 1.

Slack has not announced any price increases for its Business+ and Enterprise Grid professional versions.

Changes to the free version of the software were also announced on Monday. Users of it will have access to more features, including sending audio and video clips. You will also be able to share your screen in private messaging tabs, to avoid having to start video conferencing sessions.

Another major change: the 10,000 message limit and 5 GB of data for teams using the free version is lifted and replaced with a time limit. Messages and data (regardless of weight) will be retained for only 90 days.

Slack, a US company now owned by Salesforce, says it serves over 10 million users dailies, spanning over 150 countries.

With information from The Verge

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