Slack updates their desktop app for Windows 10 with notification support and more

If you are a productivity hound like us Slack is part of your daily routine. The popular chat-collaboration app is used by many offices when proximity is an obstacle.

It looks like Slack has bumped their desktop app with some Windows 10 support. No, it's not a Univeral Windows Store app. However the desktop app now has a few bonus features for Windows 10 users. Version 1.2 (To the World) is now out and here is the lovely changelog.

Slack 1.2 (To the World)

  • If you're using Windows 10, a new notification experience awaits you. Notifications show up in the Action Center, and clicking them will open the app and teleport you to the right channel.
  • See your mentions in the tray! Blue for unread messages, red for mentions. It's color-coded productivity harmony.
  • Control when the app window and taskbar icon flash using a new preference
  • Perturbed by the glare? Take a deep breath, and choose Never.
  • Missing notifications? Kick it up a notch, and check Always.
  • Doing admirably? Keep it in the middle, juuust right.
  • The Slack icon has been updated for Windows 10.
  • Fixed: A bug causing the app icon to revert to a blank piece of paper. We were going for the minimalist look.
  • Fixed: The Launch app on login preference was unchecked, even if you had checked it some time in the past. This space time paradox has been resolved.
  • Fixed: Download filenames are more accurate than ever, and support extended Unicode.
  • Fixed: Several bugs around notifications and other things were targeted and destroyed.

The desktop icon is certainly much more Windows 10 inspired with its flat design and black and white colors. Being able to have notifications in the Action Center is a huge bonus for those on Windows 10 and new notification options like taskbar icon flashing is certainly welcomed.

Slack is one of the more unique and popular chat apps these days, and it is great to see them not only updating but adding some humor to it as well. Combined with their (beta) Windows Phone app and Slack is going to do quite well around these parts.

Confession: Windows Central and all of Mobile Nations are heavy users of Slack as are many in tech media.

If already using the Windows desktop app just hit Help > Check for Updates…> Update Now to get version 1.2.

Source: Slack

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Why not Skype business?
  • If you are asking that you obviously have never used Slack. They are veeery different. It's like asking why not Outlook when talking about WhatsApp.
  • To be fair, they COULD be competitors in some areas and would be if Lync/SfB would actually do what it should. But instead they've chosen to be a bug-ridden peace of software not capable of properly handling a multi-device-scenario (much like the normal Skype). So since the only stable part of SfB (for me) is the call part, you really can't compare them. Maybe someday... I hope.
  • He's asking a question. You and your team are the gurus so we look to this site for quick answers and to stay up to date on trends. So do talk about it.
  • Completely off the topic..but why there Isn't a windows 10 version of wcentral app?
  • The same reason why there isn't a WinRT WP8.1 version of the WC app. They're waiting until proper, W10 APIs, including W10 Mobile APIs are ready to make a Universal App. Mr. Bennet probably started creating a design at least.
  • Skype for Business is actually useful, not just glorified IRC client. Real businesses need real productivity tools, hype startups living on venture capital need hype tools.
  • Stay ignorant my friends
  • "Skype for Business is actually useful"
    Nice straw man. Didn't say it wasn't useful. Said it was different from Slack. And they are. They overlap in function in some areas, but each excel in different aspects.
  • Slack is pretty awesome in its ability to integrate with almost anything.
  • I've never used Slack but will be checking it out. It's notification methodology is intriguing.
  • There were a lot of app drops before 10 with companies like mint not updating apps and then others dropping support. Looks like the 75m users have ruffled some feathers and moved some developers on board. I hope adoption rate continues and word of mouth and press continue the good vibe because other developers will take notice.
  • Completely agreed. My hope is the trend gets even hotter and once Windows becomes a default target for app developers - like iOS and Android are today, WM 10 apps will just be considered versions of Windows app (a la iPhone and iPad versions of apps).
  • Can we transfer app from one windows to another windows phone....
  • New to the community? Let me guess, bought a lumia cus of low price? :O
    And answer for your ques...No, we cannot.
  • Might cause a ruckus in some circles, but I think Slack world be a fantastic acquisition target for Microsoft. It completely fits the mobile first productivity mission the company is on. Yeah, it overlaps some with Skype/Link, but Accompli and Sunrise overlapped existing products a lot more, and those deals have worked out well.
  • Windows 10 Taskbar needs badge support.
  • Slack needs to support the Windows 10 Share API, as a target (I.e. share to) buy also as a source (share from)
  • Why isn't the app in the store? It's a shame one has to go to all kinds of places to find such great apps! 
      I also hope they improve their windows phone app, because we lack a lot of possibilities comparing to their apps on iOS or Android.