Slack for Windows desktop updated with several enhancements on board

Slack is one of the most popular collaboration platform for teams and companies. People can communicate with their colleagues and co-workers and get details about projects or assignments they’re working on as a team. If you happen to be a regular user of Slack on your Windows desktop, the app has received a significant update bumping it to version 2.0.

The latest update brings a handful of improvements and fixes on board, including improved notifications, the ability to select the folder to save your attachments and shared files instead of the default “Downloads” folder, new animations, and lots more.

Here’s the complete change log for the latest update:

  • 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.

Head over to the company’s website to download the updated Slack app for Windows desktop. This isn’t a Windows 10 Universal App, and will work on all versions of Windows from Windows 7 on.

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