Latest update of Slack for Windows Phone fixes several issues and makes it faster

Slack (Beta) for Windows Phone has been available since a while, but with several rough edges and quirky traits. The company is looking at feedback from users to eventually offer a proper Slack application as is available on other platforms, including Windows desktop.

The latest update to Slack (Beta) bumps the version number to 2016.1102.0.0, and is focused at running faster and smother. According to the changelog, the company has refurbished the engine that powers the app and polished all the constituent parts for a better app experience.

Apart from that, there are several fixes – some for trivial, yet annoying, issues with the previous version. Here’s a list of them:

  • Presence was not always being 100% truthful. You’re now there when you’re there, and not when you’re not. As it should be.
  • Loading very large teams could make the app unresponsive. No more.
  • The red notification dot would sometimes not go away when you read messages with mentions in them. It had ONE job. It now performs it.
  • DND was sometimes performing time travel, moving into negative time. Impressive, but not useful, so we fixed it up.
  • We sometimes forgot to save your unsent message when you switched teams or channels. We’ll now keep them till you get back.
  • Where you couldn’t always tap mentions to see a user profile. You now can.
  • Channels that were staying bold once you’d read them was a bold (but incorrect) move, and is now rectified.
  • Leaving and closing channels could sometimes cause issues. Now you can come and go as you please.
  • Notifications, where they were unreliable, can now be trusted again.
  • Channels with terrible habit of forgetting the scroll position in messages if you were distracted by a opening a picture (or looking away at any other shiny object) now remember where you were before.

The latest update offers marked improvement in the overall app experience, although, I’m bummed about Slack going for independent apps for mobile and desktop when a UWP app would’ve made more sense, and gotten them more brownie points. If you’d like to provide the developers with your feedback about the app, tap the feedback link (Settings -> About) or send an email to [email protected]

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