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Slack for Windows desktop updated with notification improvements and more

The Slack app for Windows desktop has received a pretty hefty update, bringing along notification tweaks, new animations, and much more. The latest update brings the release version of the app up to version 2.0, and includes the following changes:

  • 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.

The notification changes alone make this a fantastic update for those using the Slack client to keep up with co-workers on a PC. Current users should be able to pull the update down by checking in Help > Check for Updates… > Update Now. Otherwise, you can download the full app from the link below.

Download Slack for Windows PC

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  • Those are some comical release notes Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • definitely :) Posted from the Universal Windows App using a Surface, Lumia 950, or Xbox
  • Yeah I love that they don't take themselves too seriously.
    I wish W10 changelogs were similar.  
  • I disagree. I feel as though they're trying way to hard to be funny.
  • Who cares Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • You should check out hike messenger's release notes. They are hilarious!
  • Might have to adopt some humor for the Windows Central release notes :) Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10 (Ludicrous Speed Ring)
  • OneDrive and Messaging and Skype got updated. Messaging has a few UI changes.
  • and the ability to send photo/location over skype
  • great!
  • Great App, and equally great ChangeLog. See Microsoft, they're not so hard.
  • Would love a UWA from them.
  • What is Slack???? Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • It's an instant messaging service for teams of people.
  • As SuperMarioPlayer said, it's basically collaboration software (chat/hangout/IM) for teams. We used it at my last place of employment and it was great.
  • Really hope for a big Slack update for WP. Today version is almost useless due to the slow reconnect/resume.
    We can always hope for a uwa win10 but i don't think that's going to happen any time soon.
  • I'd guess it is because they don't want to maintain multiple apps for Windows and don't want to miss out on people using Windows 7 - Building a more traditional desktop application would be the easiest way to target numerous versions of Windows. Hopefully they will move to one down the line as Windows 10 keeps growing in popularity, they need to be able to target all different businesses with the app after all, so as more move to Windows 10 it would make sense eventually
  • Wats the benefit of using this app while its still on beta Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10