Slack Release Notes - Windows Beta
- 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.
- 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*!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Like a low-budget horror film, a monstrous variety of crashes creeped into the 2.0 update. After a brief but furious struggle, they've been sent back to the swamp.
- Fixed a crash that would sometimes happen when opening Posts.
- Many, many people would try to use the installer while Slack was still running, which could only end in tears. The new installer is a bit smarter, and will terminate the app with extreme prejudice beforehand.
- If the app is uninstalled it'll (coincidentally) also be unpinned! "Always leave the campground cleaner than you found it," we like to say.
- Fixed a handful of display glitches with notifications on Windows 7 or 8.
- Sometimes the taskbar icon would fall out of sync with notifications in the app. No longer!
- When the app started up on login, it would rudely appear front and center. Now the window remains tucked away in the taskbar, until summoned.
- 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 relevant to that team. (Love it? Hate it? Let us know!)
- Tamed an unruly crash on Windows 7 or 8 when changing display settings.
- Fixed a focus issue that was causing us to occasionally miss hotkeys, like the quick-switcher (gasp). Focus has been restored; quick-switch to your heart's content.
- In the exceedingly rare case that you wanted to reload the app while editing a Post, the app would (sometime later) crash. Happily, this is no longer the case.
- In our everlasting quest to prevent you from missing notifications, we now badge the taskbar icon in addition to the tray icon.
- In addition, 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. This means the taskbar icon will stay lit up even after you've wandered away from your desk.
- The team sidebar has been revamped and given a fresh Windows 10 coat of paint.
- New animations when loading, logging into a team, or rearranging teams, for buttery smooth transitions.
- Performance improvements across the board, and the lag some folks were seeing when typing in the message input has been banished.
- In-app downloads have been reworked and should be 41% more reliable.
- Holding on to one too many teams? Try signing out from the sidebar, which has a new right-click menu item.
- A few improvements to reduce the number of antivirus vendors falsely detecting the app—no one likes being falsely accused.
- Improved tools for troubleshooting which should make diagnosing issues with support more pleasant and productive.