The latest update for Slack for Windows Desktop comes with major improvements like an improved notification system, animations and better downloads-management.

Slack has also decided to add a task bar icon in addition to the app’s existing tray icon to ensure that users never miss a notification.

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The new release, called Slack 2.0.0 (Call Me Maybe), lets users send magic login links from the desktop app itself, which should make it easier in case they forget their passwords.

Slack has made several changes to its in-app downloads that according to the developers should make it about 41 percent more reliable.

Users of Slack now have the option to choose the destination folder for in-app downloads. This feature gives added convenience as it should make it a lot easier to save files to a storage of their choice, including cloud drives and external hard drives.

Here the full official change-log for Slack for Windows Desktop 2.0.0:

  • 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.

Source: Slack

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