- You're nearly finished signing in when suddenly – bonk – you're brought back to the first page. Hey, what gives? Please accept our apologies and, in this version, 100% less bonking.
- Ding. Ba-dum tsss. Plink. Boing. Hummus. We know you've been missing all of these sounds, so we wrote them down for you. The app should play them more often now, too.
- File downloads are now pausable and – in perhaps a master stroke of matchmaking – resumable too.
- A bevy of changes to make the app more keyboard navigable.
- We’ve adjusted the app icon, but just a skosh. Putting our best foot forward.
- Should the worst happen and the app fail to load, you'll see a less dreadful error page and perhaps even a code you can share.
- On Windows 7, notifications have been made more reliable, at the expense of a preference: you’ll no longer be able to customize their position on-screen.
- On Windows 10, we’ve negotiated a truce between notifications and your antivirus. This will keep notifications appearing in a timely manner. They’ll play whatever sound you’ve told them to play more reliably, too.
- The team sidebar is no longer touch-challenged. Tap, flick, and drag teams to your heart’s content.
- Cancelling a running download is 38% less crashy. For when you decide you didn’t need that third gif after all.
- We spliced some wires we shouldn’t have, causing a loading screen to flash briefly after signing into a team. Now it’s as it should be.
- Those little white dots in the team sidebar that let you know when you have messages to read? They’re no longer obscured when the app is maximized.
The certificate used by Windows to confirm that Slack is truly from Slack expires on September 14, 2017. Since Slack is 100% from Slack, and it would be ridiculous to think otherwise, we got it re-certified. That's literally all that's changed.
- Sometimes if you changed networks, we used to rouse from sleep in a bit of a daze, greeting you with a blank screen. Now, we awaken bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Or at the very least, with your team displayed.
- Where, in rare cases, some external links didn't end up pointing to the right place when you clicked them, they now do.
- Video playback should now be much smoother, and nicer to your network.
- On certain keyboard layouts, hitting backspace didn't actually delete the last character, which was a surprise, but a surprise of the lesser kind - there is now one fewer lesser surprise.
- Unexplainably, context menus and spell-check stopped working in some teams. OK: we have an explanation but we'd rather not discuss it. It's embarrassing. Rest easy knowing that it's fixed here.
- We revamped video calls, making the experience more intuitive, and more attractive. As a bonus, they're more resource efficient and now let you change audio devices during a call. If that's the kind of thing you need to do.
- Remove thine shackles from thine eyes, and behold: gloriously legible text, regardless of your display scaling!
- We'll no longer clear notifications from the Action Center automatically, but if you're on the Windows Creators Update we'll bundle them up so that it's easier for you to do.
- A rare bug that turned Slack into a process hydra: receiving notifications or switching channels would spawn new processes seemingly without end.
- The Launch on login preference should be more reliable this time around (for the technically inclined: it now uses the registry instead of a Startup shortcut).
- We paved over a series of potholes that were strewn about the app, making crashes far less likely.
- Should you ever wish to say goodbye to one of your teams, a right-click > Remove from the sidebar will do the trick now more reliably than before.
- Switching teams using the numbered shortcuts is noticeably faster. We would say "37%" if we were forced to put a number on it. Fortunately, we aren't, and we won't.
- Opening a context menu won't freeze videos or gifs playing in the app.
- We dusted off the cobwebs in the app menu and composted a few menu items that weren't useful when signed into one team.
- The default window size is a smidgen larger. You won't notice, because your window will keep being the same size it's always been. That's just the way it is, and we don't want it to change.
- Our spellchecker would occasionally mark correctly spelled words as incorrect. It had ONE job. It now performs it.
- With surgical precision, we cut out the frame border that appeared when the app window was maximized.
- We made the act of signing in more reliable for teams using SSO.
- It transpired that folks who downloaded our installer from slack.com were added to the beta program. If you wanted to be in the beta, you would have said so.
- For the times when Slack just... doesn't: try Help > Clear Cache and Restart. It has all the nougaty goodness of Reset App Data, without the stale aftertaste of losing your teams.
- We tried to imagine a centralized location that made it easy to put Slack onto a bunch of Windows computers all at once. Then realised we were imagining the Windows Store. So we put the app in there instead. It made so much more sense. https://slack.com/ssb/download-winstore.
- The way we load teams you don’t view often has been changed to improve the memory footprint of the app. One day, it will be a pitter patter of tiny footprints. For now, it’s a tad slower, a little less hefty, and a lot more attractive. Think “brontosaurus in a nice hat.”
- Folks consistently unable to load the app will now be greeted by a troubleshooting page that offers suggestions on making their situation better. (Spoiler: it's usually to do with over-zealous antivirus software).
- Those pasting text with style into a Post then finding their text to have "no style" can now Paste & Match Style under the Edit menu.
- You can see our Help Center documentation in – of all places – the Help menu. The almost over-intuitively named Open Help Center item will be your friend.
- Spellcheck support for three (세!) additional languages; writers of Korean, Portugese (Brazilian), and Albanian type a little easier.
- Fixed: Waking Slack after hibernation or a system crash occasionally found all your teams missing. Thank you for your patience, and sorry for the inconvenience; it no longer should.
- Fixed: Some bold explorers moved their user profile off of the default drive (
C:\) and started the app to find nothing but a cryptic error message. We weren't prepared for this boldness, but have since girded our loins. Fine, explorers: Set your profiles free.
- Fixed: A rare bug where team icons shuffled out of formation in the sidebar. They're more stoic and sticky and as a bonus, rearranging them is smoother.
- Fixed: On Windows, a handful of zoom-based glitches: borders inappropriately sized, taskbars jumping around. All of that? Smoothed.
- Fixed: Customers typing in languages that use IME composition (Korean, for example) will find that the message input is 82% stickier.
- Fixed: In a truly McGyver maneuver, we applied an additional layer of duct tape around Windows 10 notifications. Literal duct tape. Ask no questions.
- The shades of gray in our menu bar were so 1992 — they didn't match any of our outfits. So: we went shopping for a new window frame. This one matches your theme, and comes with a free hamburger (menu).
- We discovered that removing a bunch of unnecessary processes improved app startup time. Who knew? Less really is more. Or at least, less is more-faster. Or should that be fewer? Whatever: It's better.
- We simplified the way we remember your teams and app settings. This shouldn't affect much, aside from some bugs wherein we forgot your teams or app settings, which are now fixed.
- For the savvy troubleshooter, a new tool: Help > Show Logs in Explorer will package up some app diagnostic files, should you ever need them.
- Our zoom levels now match the Chrome browser, so you should feel right at home (so long as your home is Chrome).
- An infrequent crash when quitting the app has been dispatched.
- A slightly more frequent crash while checking for updates; eliminated.
- Signing out of teams from the right-click menu is 46.8% more reliable.
- And finally, if you had multiple displays, new windows (such as a call or a Post) would appear on the primary display instead of the display that Slack was on. Rather than submit this to a physics journal for peer review, we decided to fix it. All is as it should be.
- There was a small bug in Calls. We don’t think you saw it, but we fixed it anyway.
- Window zoom jumping back and forth? No longer–we locked it down and threw away the key.
- Some folks on Windows 10 were beset by lag when switching channels, making the app unresponsive in the best case and altogether frozen in the worst. This update should thaw them out.
- Signing into a new team now gets the same pleasantly clear-eyed full screen treatment as our other dialogs.
- You're now able to approve deep links from other apps. And then, with a full heart (and a click of your magical computer arrow) open them.
- Notifications will show up on time, every time. Can't lose.
- If you're using NTLM or basic authentication to sign into a team, you'll be relieved to find that your credentials work. Good as new!
- Opening Slack from a Slack-flavored link (say, a magic login email) is 100% more reliable.
- The window should flash when set to Idle and you receive a notification, even if you've stashed it in the tray.
- Some folks were hearing the default system notification sound in addition to the sound from the app, and it wasn't just their imagination. This was confounding, and we took it out.
- If you don't have a team icon set, we instead show the initials of your team name in the sidebar. Astute observers noticed that those initials were too bright when the team was not selected, and (gasp) they didn't support Unicode characters, such as emoji. All of this has been made right.
- Switching teams using the quick-switcher works every time. Promise.
- We turned Dropbox imports upside down, shook out a few bugs, then put them right-side up again.
- Several folks mentioned that our zoom levels were not fine-grained enough. So, we made them match Chrome! You should feel right at home.
- Rather than reloading the whole app, View > Reload now reloads just your current team. We're pretty sure that's what you meant.
- What is that beacon of pure white light? Oh! It's the Windows 10 Action Center, with the rubbish–err, notifications–taken out. Whenever you switch channels, we'll dismiss notifications in that channel from the Action Center.
- Use Help > Report Issue to send feedback or file a bug. It attaches your log files automatically, because who has the time for attachments?
- So, you want to memorize every hotkey? Of course. Consult our ever-expanding cheatsheet, now available from Help > Keyboard Shortcuts.
- Blank white apps as a result of network troubles should be a rare circumstance. It was rare before, but now it's like, extinct. Or endangered. One of those.
- Launching the app from the Windows command prompt should work more reliably. Before it was, well... we don't want to talk about it.
- On Linux, you can now use
Ctrl-W to close the app window without quitting (quit–why would you ever do that?)
- Due to a bug in the spellchecker, some fragments of the messages it checked were being logged on your computer (and only there). This version patches that mistake and wipes those logs clean.
- We've rebuilt the ability to spell-check from the ground up. This edition is steadfast in its red-lining, is flexible if you happen to switch languages apropos of nothing, and should keep you from typing pure nonsense. O frabjous day.
- A pesky focus issue that had some customers typing their email or password into the message input if they had tabbed away from the app during sign in has been, thankfully, remedied.
- If you were signed into multiple teams, we were doing one additional redirect for some of them. This expenditure, though small, was unnecessary and so we whittled it away.
- We now move fewer things around during installation, causing antivirus programs to panic erroneously a bit less frequently.
- A crash on startup that would happen if someone dropped a folder into the app's log directory. Why would a person do such a thing? We're not sure, but we are humbled by their bravado.
- On Linux, licenses weren't loading in the new About Slack dialog. Voilà! They're back.
- Customers on the Windows 10 beta will see enhanced notifications, including the sender's profile picture and image attachments. What a delight!
- When resuming from sleep, Slack was unusually groggy and would sometimes take over a minute to reconnect. We set an alarm, applied caffeine and a dash of code, and behold: the app resumes much faster now.
- A shiny new About box that lists our licenses legibly. Legalese: let it be.
- Can't find the release notes, you say? Wait, how did you get here? Oh well– try Help > What's New next time.
- An issue where teams could fall out of any sensible order in the sidebar. We put them back in formation.
- The sidebar was using the menu background color rather than the channel list color, resulting in a fashion faux pas for some custom themes.
- Always Show Menu Bar was checked when it should be unchecked, and unchecked when it should be checked. We swizzled its quantum spin and the universe is consistent once again.
- Opening developer tools through a troubleshooting link (which we occasionally use for support) now does what we told you it would do.
- After an outpouring of consternation regarding the team sidebar, we’ve listened, thought hard, and removed it. Those signed into a single team will find the sidebar hidden once again. It's as if we never changed it! Or rather, it’s as if we changed it, and then changed it back. In fact, it’s EXACTLY like that.
- If you're connected through a proxy server or otherwise require in-browser authentication, you're in luck. This release will let you login directly from the app.
- Like a pair of newlyweds, we compared swatches for days and finally decided on new shades for the team sidebar. Light themes, such as Hoth, are much easier on the eyes. As an added bonus, the sidebar now uses the default system font, which we found to be 37% more legible.
- A litany of improvements to make navigating channel history more reliable: a new History menu; fixes to the
Alt-Right hotkeys; even navigate using your mouse! (Provided it has the right buttons).
- As if the history changes weren't enough, we've also added support for swipe gestures for touchscreens (if swiping is a thing you do). Swiping two fingers left or right will cycle through your channel history, and swiping three fingers will cycle through your teams.
- Blocking some third-party content could prevent our app from loading, leaving you staring– longingly– at our startup screen forever and ever.
- Losing network no longer takes you to the offline screen. Instead, we'll keep displaying your messages and try to reconnect in the background.
- Links in Posts will open in your default browser, not in a new Slack window. Unless of course, it's a link to another Post. Ingenious!
- The app window now has a minimum size, to avoid certain squished scenarios that were unpleasant for all involved.
- Clicking on the desktop shortcut or pinned taskbar icon will resume Slack if left running in your tray. As opposed to doing nothing.
- An intriguing crash caused by generating code on the fly has been fixed by generating that code much, much earlier. Like, before we give you the app.
- The Launch app on login preference is 100% more functional on Linux.
- A confusing bug where dragging a file onto the app would try navigate to it, resulting in inscrutable error messages instead of your team's messages, should happen much less often. Fingers crossed.
- An issue where Windows 10 notifications could become disassociated from reality (and our app). They're seeing clearly now.
- A teeny, tiny, itty-bitty mistake where the app menu was missing on Linux. Sorry, Linuxers.
- Signed into a smorgasbord of teams? We'll pay attention to which ones you use the most, and load those first when the app is started. A minor courtesy.
- If you find yourself wedged between a rock and a hard place (or, a bug and our app) we offer you an escape hatch: Help > Reset App Data wipes the slate clean.
- Context menus were misplaced (and by that we mean, completely absent) for a few unlucky folks. They're in the right place now.
- Like a low-budget horror film, a monstrous variety of crashes creeped into the 2.0 update, most of which have been sent back to the swamp.
- Downloaded files of the same name will no longer overwrite each other.
- If snapped to the left or right of your screen, Slack would develop a case of acute amnesia and reset position when restarted. Our recollection has improved this time around.
- The crude white border that would appear around the app the next time it was launched (if you had been zoomed) has been zapped.
- We've made further improvements to prevent false detection by antivirus vendors. Those meddling kids.
- We offer up a better explanation of why the app stays in your taskbar, if you've set the window to Always flash.
- Many folks using a Windows Basic theme found their Alt-Tab menu overrun by notification windows, which have since been dispatched. To those folks: we are terribly sorry.
- If your administrator had set up a session timeout, when it expired you'd be placed on a blank white screen rather than the sign in page. Serene (but not in a good way).
- Slack would not load (and instead show a cryptic message) to those who had soft linked their
AppData folder. This time we'll sleuth around for the real path, and get you to the right place (Slack).
- On Linux, the team sidebar would exhibit odd behavior for some graphics cards. Those oddities have been quashed.
- 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.
- Fix an issue where users who type in Japanese would see a very odd font instead of Lato. We're still working on an issue where Japanese text shows up in a Chinese font, we hope to have this fixed soon!
- Every now and then, you'd try to sign in to a new team and instead be presented with a crash. We're delighted to say this is no longer the case.
- Some of our notifications were not responding to clicks, flashing the window, or, frankly, notifying anyone. Seriously: They had ONE job. With the application of chicken soup, tough love, and breakpoints, they now do that job once more.
- Launch app on login now uses the correct
autostart directory (the only one, as far as we can tell).
- Reclaim seconds of your day by holding Shift to drop files immediately.
- A sparkling new MSI installer for your IT deployment needs. Visit https://slack.com/apps to learn more.
- Slack now supports Integrated (Windows) authentication for SSO in more scenarios, so for folks who saw authentication errors while trying to sign in, see them no more!
- We've upgraded to Chromium 45, which greatly improves scrolling speed and general snappiness. Snapocity. Something!
- The cure for what ails you: Disable hardware acceleration is now available on Linux. Check this preference if you spy any blank regions, black boxes, or other visual glitches.
- For the umpteenth time, we've made pinning more reliable. Folks: Pinning is hard.
- It should now be impossible to have more than one Slack app open at a time, which will solve many odd issues that you may have been experiencing.
- Now 67% more compatible with CentOS, thanks to
Slack 1.2.4 (Linux Only)
- Made things go fast by upgrading to Chrome 45!
- Tightened up some plumbing that was leaking window handles.
- Giant-sized menus on retina monitors have been scaled down to Human-sized levels (Sorry Giants).
- An impolite crash caused by dragging and dropping certain items into Slack.
- The app menu had permanently vanished for some, but, with a magician's touch, it reappears!
- An issue where notifications were appearing as message boxes for unfortunate Ubuntu users (when running an alternate desktop environment).
- A few shortcomings on our end that prevented the app from loading.
- Some customers on Windows 10 were still seeing the classic icon. We can't seem to make up our minds lately.
- Those who have unchecked Leave app running in notification area will have better luck this time around — we promise.
- On Debian, the package is now called
slack-desktop, but if you've got
slack, from the beta you'll be upgraded automatically.
- Caught in an Escheresque maze of app reloads? Poof! No longer.
- Not to rest on our laurels, we found a crash in
system-idle-time and dispatched it.
- The classic icon is making a comeback for users on Windows 7 and 8 (so that, you know, you can see it). The white icon remains, contentedly, for those on Windows 10. (Pssst, if it's stuck, try re-pinning it!)
- After each app update, tray icon settings would be forgotten. We have now written them on the back of the app's hand with magic marker and all should be well, cross fingers.
- Windows App preferences now apply to all of your signed in teams, and changing one of them will change the others. Hopefully this makes all of our lives a little simpler.
- We've made it more difficult to open more than one instance of the Slack app at a time. Research suggests that having multiple Slacks open does not improve productivity.
- It was a long time coming: civilizations rose and fell; continents drifted; children grew up, grew beards, grew old and returned to dust; eons passed, but finally — finally — the icon in Add / Remove Programs has been updated to match our installer.
- If you're using Windows 10, a new :sparkles: notification experience :sparkles: awaits you. Notifications show up in the Action Center, and clicking them will open the app and teleport you to the right channel.
- See your mentions in the tray! Blue for unread messages, red for mentions. It's color-coded productivity harmony.
- Control when the app window and taskbar icon flash using a new preference:
Perturbed by the glare? Take a deep breath, and choose Never. :mute:
Missing notifications? Kick it up a notch, and check Always. :speaker:
Doing admirably? Keep it in the middle, juuust right. :stew:
- The Slack icon has been updated for Windows 10.
- A bug causing the app icon to revert to a blank piece of paper. We were going for the minimalist look.
- The Launch app on login preference was unchecked, even if you had checked it some time in the past. This space time paradox has been resolved.
- Download filenames are more accurate than ever, and support extended Unicode.
- Several bugs around notifications and other things were targeted and destroyed. :rocket:
- Some people had a username that was so cool that our app would just spend all its time thinking about how great it was, instead of loading! We've gently reminded our app to still load, but think about how cool you are in its free time.
- Hate it when you close the window and Slack stays in your taskbar? We heard you. The tray is back, forever may it reign.
- Slack will now start tucked away in the tray if the "Launch app on login" preference is checked.
- An obnoxious bug that would cause some customers' apps to reload when logging in. We want you to login. Really, we do.
- Frozen downloads got you down? Cheer up, kid. :sparkles: We've unstuck 'em!
- An issue where emoji were appearing as HTML in notifications. Eww.
- The impolite interruptions to your typing when a notification comes in. Our mothers taught us better.
- Machine-wide installations are, like, 72% more reliable on Windows 7, and tell you what to do once they finish.
- We'll now automatically detect old-and-busted installs and clean up after ourselves.
SHA1 Hashes (Linux):
- We no longer send you packing to your web browser to download files. It all happens right within Slack.
- We added support for the slack:// URL scheme. Look to https://api.slack.com for upcoming documentation on all the nifty things it'll let you do.
- Laid the foundation for some soon-to-be-announced features. Can't wait to see your reactions when you find out what they are.
- Missing notifications after you closed the window? Can’t find Slack in your cluttered tray? Good news: the taskbar icon is stickier than ever (if you’ve checked the “run from taskbar” preference).
- The reign of the tyrannical Menu Bar has ended. Valiant users can regain their vertical space by checking a new option in the Window menu.
- A curious case of missing notifications has been cracked.
- Switching teams is a tad faster, and comes with 28.6% more Snappiness:tm:.
- A vampiric bug that would leech away your memory, causing the app to degrade over time.
- We'll (carefully) upgrade everyone to the 64-bit release, except for those still on 32-bit machines.
- A team loading bug that resulted in yet another white screen. We mean business this time around.
- An issue that occasionally spawned zombie team icons. :ghost:
- A humble counting problem wherein 32-bit users were delivered a 64-bit version of the app. We didn't have any coffee that day.
Dropbox & Box Integration
- You can now import files from any and all box-related (OK, just these two) companies.
- Total corporate domination is within your grasp, using the new
--machine parameter on the Slack installer.
- NTLM is now supported during sign-in, for all your Single Sign On authentication needs.
- You may have found yourself disappointed when trying to use
mailto: and some other very useful links. We never want to disappoint you. So now, they actually work! Sorry that took so long.
- A smorgasbord of issues previously caused blank white screens after installing. It was pretty Zen, but not in a good way. It’s now fixed.
- An issue where notifications, context menus, and other useful things would become less useful (OK, “completely non-functional”) after a reload is now 127% less frustrating.
- We located a variety of piffling installer bugs and summarily squished them to make your life a little simpler.
- You can now customize where notifications appear. Put them anywhere that your heart desires, as long as your heart desires monitor screen corners (and whose doesn’t?)
- In Windows 8 and above, we’ve added the ability to learn new spell-check words, for all your non-dictionaritorial needs.
- An issue where certain Unicode characters were garbled in notifications.
- Users can now copy images straight from the context menu.
- Scraped out the crusty black gunk when the app window loads. It was gross in there. We don’t want to talk about it.
- Clever installer improvements mean that machines with Software Restriction Policies restricting installation to LocalAppData can now run Slack, happily.
- Fix a CPU usage issue on Windows 7 in certain circumstances where processes were being needlessly created and destroyed, in true Sisyphean fashion.
- Fix unread message badges, which were disappearing despite the existence of unread messages.
- Remove the "Inspect Element" context menu item, to maintain an air of propriety.
Disable Hardware Acceleration
We've added a new preference that will disable hardware-dependent features and fall back to safer (but less pretty) defaults. Use this if you experience:
- Black or white boxes around notifications
- Horrifyingly distorted message text
- Spell-check now Automagically detects the language being typed, rather than using the one implied by the keyboard layout.
- Allow users to back up if they get stuck during login. No one likes a dead-end.
- We no longer trust the sanity of users' environment variables, and instead try to use our own folders for everything. This should fix a number of installation issues.
- We now unpack native modules on install, which should cause AV vendors to give us less problems (especially WebRoot, who didn't care for that at all).
- Delightful Slack loading messages have returned. Because delight is important.
- Fixes for Swedish and other keyboards which use AltGr, to prevent inadvertent zooming.
- Performance improvements that should make the app should feel a bit snappier.
- Support for per-monitor DPI on Windows 8.1 (i.e. Retina display laptop connected to non-Retina display).
- Workaround or provide better error messages for more early installation cases.
- Fix an issue where users' installed copies of node.js would white screen the app.
- Improve the rendering of Japanese text.
- Prevent the team selector from occasionally going MIA.
- Alt-F4 no longer kills the app (Ctrl-Q is your new Quit hotkey).
- Emojis in notifications are no longer cruelly cut off.
- Tooltips aren't so sluggish, and we no longer create (Empty) ones.
- People who are on more than nine teams (nine? REALLY?) you can now sign into all of them. All more-than-nine.
The first day under the shining sun. :sunrise: