Slack adds persistent information layer to channels called Canvas

Slack has succeeded in large part in the enterprise by allowing people to communicate in a number of ways while integrating with many common enterprise applications. This lets

you stay in Slack to get your work done without dreaded task switching. But what Slack has lacked until now was a way to share information about a project in a persistent way.

If you wanted to find the content related to a project, you might start a channel to narrow it down, and share some documents, links and other information, but to find them

again requires searching or a lot of scrolling. Slack recognized this limitation and decided to combine Quip’s collaborative tooling with Slack’s communication capabilities in a

new tool Slack is calling Canvas. Quip is the company that Salesforce bought in 2016 for $750 million (and which brought co-CEO Bret Taylor to the company). Salesforce has

always seemed to struggle with how to make good use of Quip across the platform. With Slack, the company it bought in 2020 for almost $28 billion, it’s found a way to solve the

persistent content problem . Slack CPO Tamar Yehoshua describes it this way: “Canvas is taking the collaborative components of Quip and integrating them natively into

Slack. It’s a persistent layer of information that is a complement to the real time nature of channels,” Yehoshua told TechCrunch. For companies, who do the majority of

their work in Slack, and rely on it to share information, Canvas can be a kind of missing link to help people find the information they need much faster. It sits alongside a

channel’s conversation stream and gives people access to information such as data and charts, text, tasks, internal and external links, training videos and so forth.