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Slack beta for Windows updated with bug fixes and improvements

Slack has pushed another set of updates to its beta Windows desktop app, bringing along some bug fixes and minor changes. The latest updates, clocking in at versions 1.9.7 and 1.9.9, follow another fairly big update that arrived in late January. Here's a list of what's new and changed in both updates:

1.9.7 Beta

  • 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 relevant to that team. (Love it? Hate it? Let us know!)
  • Tamed an unruly crash on Windows 7 or 8 when changing display settings.
  • Fixed a focus issue that was causing us to occasionally miss hotkeys, like the quick-switcher (gasp). Focus has been restored; quick-switch to your heart's content.
  • In the exceedingly rare case that you wanted to reload the app while editing a Post, the app would (sometime later) crash. Happily, this is no longer the case.

1.9.9 Beta

  • Fixed a handful of display glitches with notifications on Windows 7 or 8.
  • Sometimes the taskbar icon would fall out of sync with notifications in the app. No longer!
  • When the app started up on login, it would rudely appear front and center. Now the window remains tucked away in the taskbar, until summoned.

Slack Beta users should be able to grab the updates now. If you have trouble getting the updates on your current install, you may have to re-download the beta from Slack's website at the link below.

Download Slack beta for Windows

Source: Slack

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  • We use this app for two of my clients and I am so grateful not to be left behind or be required to use my iPad or a browser like I am with 2 other important apps they use. I love the W10 version, too. No duplicate notifications when i'm logged in on my surface, and it's beautiful on both devices. I feel like this is what universal apps should be.
  • This version (for regular Windows) isn't even Universal. It's just a Win32 application plugging into a web service, which is amazing that they could pull this off.
  • @SuperMarioPlayer. Software is extremely malleable, after all it's just 1's and 0's :P.
  • My point is that it's not even based on the Universal Windows platform.
  • Hooray for updates! :-)
  • Anything for Windows is always beta.
  • I am a big fan of Slack! Keep up the good work!
  • I like Slack much better than Snapchat! I like that Slack has an app for Windows 10 mobile..
  • It's so nice to see a company actually doing helpful and informative ChangeLogs. Kudos Slack. Wunderlist used to also do great ones, then Microsoft bought them, and we know how they all hate ChangeLogs at Redmond :/