Slack's desktop app is now available on the Windows Store
The desktop version of Slack's collaborative work chat app of the same name is now available to download from the Windows Store (opens in new tab) (via MSPU). If you prefer using the Windows Store to manage your apps, this is sure to be good news as you can grab the app without hitting up Slack's website and rely on the Windows Store for updates from here on out.
The app looks to be a straight conversion of the desktop app that's already available, and thus shouldn't hold any surprises from a feature standpoint. The only major difference is you can manage the app through the Windows Store. Here's a recap of what to expect from Slack:
- Communicate with your team and organize your conversations by topics, projects, or anything else that matters to your work
- Message or call any person or group within your team
- Share and edit documents and collaborate with the right people all in Slack
- Integrate into your workflow, the tools and services you already use including Google Drive, Salesforce, Dropbox, Asana, Twitter, Zendesk, and more
- Easily search a central knowledge base that automatically indexes and archives your team's past conversations and files
- Customize your notifications so you stay focused on what matters
If you already use Slack's desktop app and want to switch to the Windows Store version, you can grab it now. Keep in mind that this is a completely separate listing from the Mobile Slack app, which is currently on the Windows Store in beta.
Download Slack (Desktop) from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)
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This looks like a hybrid of the desktop with Windows 8.x additions on the UI at the screenshots....
Not surprising, considering that their mobile version is an 8/8.1 app...
Turns out that the Windows 8.x style UI is due to a library they got. So, it's still a desktop app, it just has a slightly fancy menu. Something that I don't understand is that any Desktop Bridge apps (including a game I am developing and is availiable on the Store) it has an entry in every area on the privacy options of Windows (even if the said app doesn't use it). Maybe it's due to the permissions these apps get.
I welcome this addition. I will replace my desktop version with the store app, in order to both show support and because I like my apps in the Store.
going to install it also to testdrive it aside their desktop version... keep the one that suits me best. Ideally they would make it an UWP in the end so 1 app to rule them all :) Slack is great!
Ditto! Just transitioned on my end, and sharing with my fellow Slack-ers. :p
Nice! We use slack at work. Glad to have the option for a store app for my W10 machines.
Unfortunately, It "requires" x64, which cuts out users of pretty much all small tablets, as the OEMs insist on 32-bit Windows installs on those machines. Yay. I don't know who to be angry at.
I replaced my "normal" version with the store version as well. Is it just me or do the notification work much better now?
Is it me or the Windows Store version doesn't start at computer start up?
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