Slack announces public beta of their team messaging and collaboration app

The Slack team just announced on Twitter that their new app for Windows Phone is now available on the Store as a beta app. Originally, this app was only available for a select few testers, but now it’s available for anyone to download and help get bugs squashed.

In addition, the developers have fixed several issues including:

  • Fixed issue where the symbol keyboard was not enabled
  • Fixed issue where create team button was disabled
  • Fixed some annoying crashes

For those who don’t know what Slack even is, it’s an instant messaging app for teams and projects. Since this is a beta app, that means that not all features will be available, and there will be bugs. The developers have already outlined some of the presently known issues in the app.

  • Live tile notification text is not cleared when that message is read.
  • The unread messages blue bar in a channel doesn’t always automatically dismiss when the newest message initially appears on the screen.
  • Text input areas sometimes receive focus when navigating causing the keyboard to open.
  • After clicking a toast notification, there might be a delay in displaying the message while the app re-establishes a connection.
  • Certain events like channel join / leave may trigger an unread channel indication when they should not.
  • Reactions are currently read only.
  • The application may not handle loss of connectivity gracefully in all situations.
  • Each message from a user is currently displayed with a picture / name header instead of joining with previous messages.

In addition, the developers have also stated what they plan to add to the app as well.

  • Performance improvements
  • File uploads
  • Mentions / emoji auto-complete
  • Multi-team support
  • Adding reactions
  • Search

Download the app yourself to try it yourself and give feedback to help with development. Do you or your team use Slack to communicate about projects? Are you glad that Slack is available for Windows Phone? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Slack (Beta)
Slack (Beta)
Developer: Slack Technologies Inc.
Price: Free
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Do you or your team use Slack to communicate about projects? Are you glad that Slack is available for Windows Phone?