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Slack Windows Desktop App Gains Several Updates

396208-slack-logoSlack is an extremely popular messaging and collaboration platform for teams that continues to grow. We use it here for our team and have been quite pleased with it. It has improved our communication and productivity.

Last month it added the ability to add your Skype contacts to your Slack team. This week the company has updated the Windows Desktop app with notification improvements for Windows 10, Magic login links (previously a mobile feature), and a lot more.

Slack 2.0 Windows Desktop App Updates

Several of the new improvements to the Slack 2.0 Windows desktop app includes several notification tweaks (especially for Windows 10). Here’s a look at the release Slack 2.0 release notes:

  • We now badge the taskbar icon in addition to the tray icon, in our ongoing quest to ensure you never miss a notification. And as a bonus, if you’ve set the window to “Always” flash on notifications, we’ll keep the app in the taskbar even when the window is closed. Always.
  • Magic login links, long a boon for mobile users, can now be sent from the desktop app. If you’ve ever strained to remember your password or you just like feeling wizardly, this is for you.
  • We’ve added animations when loading, logging into a team, or rearranging teams, for buttery smooth transitions.
  • “But I don’t WANT my downloads in the Downloads folder!” No problem. A rush and a push (or: an opening of Slack prefs and a choosing of Advanced Options) and the ability to choose your favored destination of downloaded files is yours.
  • In an effort to tidy up, we now clear notifications from the Action Center on Windows 10! Whenever you switch teams, we’ll clear out the notifications for that team. (Love it? Hate it? Let us know!)
  • In-app downloads have been re-jigged and should be 41% more reliable.
  • If you’re holding on to one too many teams, it’s time to let go. And to sign out from the sidebar, which has a new right-click menu item.
  • Rebuilt from the guts up, this release should show performance improvements across the board, and the lag some folks were seeing when typing in the message input has… been… wait for it… banished.
  • A few improvements to reduce the number of antivirus vendors falsely detecting the app—no one likes being falsely accused.

To grab the updated version launch Slack and go to Help > Check for updates and download the update. Or you can download the full app here.

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When you’re downloading an item from a team member, you no longer have to use the Downloads folder on the local drive. You can choose a location that works best for you. This feature is something I’ve personally been waiting to see.

Download location Slack

Slack 2.0 (Call me Maybe) is a big update that includes several new features and is worth grabbing right away. If your team uses Slack for collaboration, let us know what you think of this new update in the comments below.

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5 Responses to Slack Windows Desktop App Gains Several Updates

  1. Chris Mikaitis February 24, 2016 at 8:28 am #

    Can anyone else no longer minimize to system tray?

    Looking this up, it appears it was an issue last summer that got a hotfix from a user, but may be back.

    • Matt February 26, 2016 at 11:46 am #

      And as a bonus, if you’ve set the window to “Always” flash on notifications, we’ll keep the app in the taskbar even when the window is closed. Always.

      • Jason March 8, 2016 at 11:48 am #

        This is a terrible idea to make forced.

        Not everyone wants to have unused applications left open on the taskbar – especially when that app is also already in the system tray.

    • x February 29, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

      I’m seeing it as well and can’t find any other documentation other than the stuff from last summer you mentioned. Their notification options/controls are the worst!

  2. Scott March 14, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    I’m now noticing that while spellcheck is underlining incorrectly spelled words, that I can no longer right click on those words and get suggestions for correctly spelled words. I’m not sure if it was related to this update, but it was something that I noticed disappear recently. Is there any chance I have a setting disabled somewhere? Alternatively, if this was removed, is there any chance of it coming back?

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