Being an entrepreneur is most people's dream. Getting started and organised makes it tough to launch your own business. It's made worse when you try and work with potential business partners, long distance.

How do we then ensure we can work effectively together? There are many tools becoming available for us to be able to efficiently work together remotely and online. One of these tools is Slack.

Slack enables you to collaborate with your colleagues, especially when you’re on the move. You download the app and you can access various channels, DM’s and get notifications when there are important messages for you to see, which means you can jump into communication when you’re needed and not at other times. Slack integrates with several external services as well.

Using Slack, you’ll be able to keep all your communication in one place, with real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams. You basically have all your team’s communication available in one place and you can easily search through all communication on the go. Need an answer to a previous question asked by another team member? Slack might have it archived.

Overall, it is extremely useful to have that access available for you, however, it comes at a price, and usually, when there are enterprise solutions, this is not cheap. Luckily, Slack has a free option, but you can only make audio and video calls between two people and no groups, and there is a limit of 5GB for uploads across the entire team, nowhere near enough even for the smallest team.

Slack Standard removes many of these restrictions and increases the allowance to 10Gb per person, and with Slack Plus, you get everything Standard has and 20GB storage per person 24/7 support as well, and you can easily provision and de-provision users. The price for Standard is 8$ per month per person or $80 per year, and Plus is $150 per person per year or 15$ a month. 

What's new in 3.4.0 (see release notes for more)?

- Interactions with network drives are now handled with grace and panache. Or, at the very least, "better".
- If you want to launch slack minimized, you now can. We will no longer stand in your way.
- We've changed the look, feel and texture of our new HTML notifications. Give them a try! They're delicious.
- Sometimes on Windows 10, moving the window, say, up would cause a white bar to appear. We raised the bar.
- Also, moving the window would sometimes change the size of the window. Your aim was true; we no longer move the goalposts on you.
- In the Apps and Features and Uninstall a Program window, the icon showing up was not the right one. It now is.
- The notification and unread indicators on the taskbar are now more readable.
- Blurry icons were an issue for some users with multiple displays. Now all is clear.
- The Slack icon, previously appearing with an opaque background color on Windows 10 is now all the clearer for being less clear.
- Some people were seeing sidebar icons for teams other than the one they were in. This was confusing, and has now stopped.
- And finally, if you have been having issues with keyboard or cursor issues, you should no longer be having them.

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Extremely useful for centralizing your work communication on the go. But it can get expensive if you have a smaller budget or a larger team.