Slack is raising its prices in September with some big changes to its free plan. This is the first price increase since Slack’s launch in 2014, but it will only affect users of Slack’s “Pro” plan. On September 1, the monthly Pro subscription will increase from $8 to $8.75 per user per month, and the annual Pro subscription will increase from $6.67 to $7.25 per user per month.
The price hike will only affect Pro customers around the world, not companies on Slack’s Business Plus or custom Enterprise plans. However, there is a way to avoid increasing prices for another year. Current Annual Pro subscribers can lock in the current annual rate for one more year by renewing their subscription before September 1. Monthly Pro customers can also switch to the annual rate before September 1 and keep the current $6.67 per user per month rate for one year.
Slack is also making some big changes to its free plan. Currently, free Slack servers show the last 10,000 messages and up to 5GB of uploaded content. Starting September 1, Slack is changing this to show messages and uploads from the past 90 days, with no limits on how many messages have been sent or the amount of content uploaded. “Most of our active free teams will have access to more of their messaging history with the new 90-day limit than the previous limit,” explains Slack in a blog post. “No matter how much your free team uses Slack, you’ll always have access to 90 days of history.”
Free users of Slack will also get access to the Clips feature that lets users send audio, video and screen-share messages to channels and DMs. Free Teams will now also be able to set a retention period for their messages and files starting September 1.