Slack updates and changes
Slack is where work happens – we hope the updates you’ll read below make it easier for your team to do just that. ✨
Say hello to Slack Tips
Browse the Slack Tips library for step-by-step guides that can help you get the most out of Slack.
Note: Slack Tips is currently only available in English.
Improved import speed and performance
If you’re importing data into Slack from Hipchat, Stride, a CSV file or another workspace, you’ll notice a faster, more seamless experience.
Fewer unexpected app removals, less disruption
Deactivating member accounts used to result in the unexpected removal of any apps they installed. We’ve made it harder for these kinds of surprises to happen: app features such as bot users, commands, actions and incoming webhooks will remain active, even if the installing member is deactivated. With fewer disruptions, your workspace can keep humming along. Learn more.
Two Google Calendar apps to choose from
Our Slack App Directory now offers two Google Calendar apps. Designed for personal use, Google Calendar helps you keep track of your work schedule. For teams who collaborate together, Google Calendar for Team Events brings a shared calendar into Slack. Learn more about connecting Google Calendar to Slack.
Introducing our new logo
We’ve given our logo a fresh lick of paint! Read all about why we’ve refreshed our look.
Improved import workflow for merging workspaces
If you’re merging two workspaces together, we’ve made it easier to combine matching members and channels. Read more about importing data from one workspace into another.
Workspace migration approvals
To streamline the migration process, org owners can now approve or decline all upcoming migrations from the Admin dashboard. Read more about moving workspaces to an Enterprise Grid org.
New subdomains for reliability
As part of our commitment to reliability, we’ve added new subdomains that will be rolling out slowly over the next few weeks. If your organisation whitelists specific subdomains, learn more about managing connection issues.
Compressed file uploads on mobile
To improve the experience of uploading files to Slack on iOS and Android devices, the size of JPG files is automatically compressed.
Get updates on Slack’s availability
Access and share your OneDrive files from Slack
If you use Microsoft’s OneDrive to host and manage your files, sharing them to Slack just got easier. Using the plus icon next to the message field, add a file from OneDrive without ever leaving your workspace.
More options for do not disturb
Now you can pause your notifications with do not disturb (DND) for as long as you like. Choose a pre-set option or enter a custom time frame of your choosing. Although you won’t get alerted while on DND, all of your notifications will be waiting for you when you return. You won’t miss a thing! 🎵
Import Stride data into Slack
Back in July, Slack and Atlassian announced a new partnership. We’re excited to share that, in addition to Hipchat, you can import your company’s data from Stride into Slack. Get started!
Sign in more easily from mobile
Now it’s much easier to sign in to your Slack workspace on mobile. Enter your email address when signing in and select the workspaces you want to launch in your mobile app.
Improved mobile in-app notifications
Never miss an important update or conversation again. With in-app notifications for direct message and @mentions, you’ll now receive notifications even when you’re in the mobile app.
Grouped notifications for iOS 12
If you’re using iOS 12, you’ll notice some nifty updates to your Slack notifications. They’re now grouped together by channel or direct message (DM) in the Notification Centre, making it easier to catch up while on the go.📱
See new replies to threads
Keeping up with threads just got a bit easier. When someone replies to a thread (and sends that message to the entire channel), you’ll now see when additional replies are added. Learn more about threads.
Set your status and then forget about it!
The next time you set a status, choose exactly how long it will display for: once it expires, it will clear automatically. Read more about setting a status in Slack.
Slack demo: see where and how work happens
As your collaboration hub, Slack brings your team and your tools together. Visit slackdemo.com to see exactly how it works!
Fresh updates to help you manage custom emoji
When you create a custom emoji, we’ll now automatically resize the image file for you. You can also replace or edit emoji your teammates have added – simply search for them by name!
Reply to Google Drive comments in Slack
If you use Slack with Google Drive, we’ve got exciting news: you can now reply directly to comments on all your Drive files without leaving Slack. Visit our Help Centre to learn more and take a look at our blog post as well.
Message actions for apps now on mobile
Kick off the next step in your work, even when you’re on the go! Some apps come with built-in shortcuts called actions: they help you quickly move work from Slack messages to a connected app. Learn more about using actions on mobile.
Atlassian + Slack
We’ve forged an exciting new partnership with Atlassian – we’re officially welcoming Hipchat and Stride users to the Slack family! Hipchat users can start moving to Slack today: simply export your data from Atlassian, then use Slack’s import tool to choose which users, rooms and messages to bring into your Slack workspace. Learn more about importing Hipchat data into Slack and take a look at our Slack Guide for Hipchat users.
The ability to export Stride data into Slack is coming soon! Stay tuned. 📻
Threads support files – and files support threads
Images and files can be uploaded directly to threads by adding files as you would normally. And instead of being posted to the bottom of the channel, replies to files will stay neatly nested in a thread – just like message threads.
View Enterprise Grid migrations in progress 🍿
Moving workspaces over to an Enterprise Grid organisation? Stay in the loop by monitoring the migration’s progress.
Search in Slack has a new look
Finding your files and messages is easier than ever. See your search in a full-screen window with clickable filter options to sort results by people, conversations, date and more besides. Plus all the search modifiers you already know still work! Learn how to search in Slack.
- You have the option to add a send button to your message field, allowing you to use the Enter key to create a new line of text.
- Refine data exports by selecting the date range you’re most interested in.
- We’ve made updates to the Audit log API that give Enterprise Grid customers more insight into access events related to app activity, such as who requested or approved an app for a workspace.
- New security features: Build more secure apps with Request signing & mutual TLS.
Update to Slack for Desktop 3.2.0
The latest Slack desktop app is here! Get ready for fewer annoying unread badges, better calls, quicker switching for Enterprise Grid – and even more improvements. Read the release notes for a full list of what’s changed.
Create links to direct people to a member’s profile
With our API, create links (or deeplinks) and share them in your employee directory, email signatures or company newsletters! Learn how.
Troubleshoot mobile notifications from the app
We’ve built a new tool for troubleshooting and fixing mobile notification issues. Find it under the Notifications section of your mobile Slack app’s settings.
- Your channel list on iOS now matches your Desktop sidebar more closely.
- You may see channel names appear briefly as grey bars when launching Slack – don’t be alarmed, this helps Slack load faster for large workspaces.
- When navigating Slack by keyboard, pressing F6 will focus on a single message rather than the whole message window.
- You can use familiar keyboard shortcuts to format your messages.
Message actions for apps
Turn your conversations into action: create a task, comment or follow-up from any Slack message. Message actions for apps make it quick and simple to kick off the next step in your work, so nothing gets lost as you go about your day. See how they work!
IRC and XMPP gateways are now closed
Gateways can no longer support all of Slack’s features, so we’ve made the decision to close them. If you’ve been using gateways for accessibility reasons, you can continue to navigate Slack by keyboard and with a screen reader, using VoiceOver (Mac) and Narrator (Windows) to read your messages.
Updates from our Platform and App Directory
- Receive a courtesy confirmation before deactivating an app for your entire workspace. You can even transfer apps from deactivated members to new owners.
- Introducing workspace apps: installed at the workspace level, they’re built for the way your team works, offering more flexibility and improved app management.
- We’ve updated our two Microsoft Installer (MSI) packages for installing Slack for Windows on thousands of machines.
- We now support international characters for keyword notifications.
- We automatically translate preset Slack status suggestions into the locale of each member.
- New image viewer enhancements let you zoom in or pan out on images shared in Slack.
Workspace directory redesign
Searching for workspaces to join in an Enterprise Grid org just became a lot easier. Find out where your teammates are working by searching for their name or email address.
- We've added new ways to interact with app dialogue boxes. For instance, you’ll find new menu types that allow you to select members, channels or conversations. Visit Slack API for more.
Manage apps on Enterprise Grid
The Admin dashboard lets you manage apps installed across the org. Easily review an app’s permissions or uninstall from a central location.
The Quick Switcher has had a makeover. It’s quicker and sleeker. And now it helps you switch between channels in other workspaces if you’re on the Enterprise Grid subscription. See how it works!
Audit logs in Enterprise Grid
Admins can delete private channels
Workspace owners and admins can delete public and private channels that they’ve been invited to join. Simply follow the same steps to delete a channel.
Customise your terms of service for Enterprise Grid
If you’ve set ground rules for how your employees should use Slack, now you can make them visible when members sign in. Learn how to create custom terms of service for all of your members and guests.
Retention settings with clearer descriptions
The design and language used to describe workspace message retention settings now give you a better understanding of the choices available. Read how to customise message and file retention policies.
Suggestions to archive idle channels
To help you increase focus and decrease clutter in your channel sidebar, Slackbot will periodically suggest channels you might want to archive. They’re just suggestions, so it’s completely up to you!
Updates to emoji in Slack 🆕
- Slack has updated its emoji set. Slack now offers Emoji 5.0, which includes the latest additions to Unicode 10.0.
- Your emoji style may change. The emoji you see in Slack are based on your device’s operating system. Use a screen reader? Convert emoji to plain text.
- Emoji names are translated. The names for emoji have been translated into Slack’s current languages: French, German, Japanese and Spanish.
- To make it easier for members to find and join workspaces within your Enterprise Grid organisation, we’ve made the default workspace access preference By request. Learn how to manage workspace access.
- With Enterprise Grid organisations, members no longer see guests and bots that exist in workspaces they haven’t joined yet in the Org Directory and Quick Switcher.
- We’ve made some behind-the-scenes enhancements so now search works even faster. ⚡️
Apple Watch users: a single iOS app for all your needs
Everything you could do with the standalone Watch app is now done through the iOS app, so rest assured, receiving and replying to messages from your wrist work just the same as before. It’s like buy one, get one free, but with apps.
New channel sidebar preference for Slack Enterprise Grid
Group all of the channels shared across your Enterprise Grid organisation in your sidebar under the header Organisation channels. To adjust, open Preferences, click Sidebar, then go to the options under Sorting and grouping.
Find stuff faster with improved search suggestions
Click the search bar to see your recent searches or type a search term and Slack will show you related channels, members and file matches. Just select a suggestion to quickly jump to the item!
Default channels for Slack Enterprise Grid
It’s even easier to get your members on the same page – and in the same channels! Org admins can automatically add every member (excluding guests) to channels shared across your entire organisation. Create a default channel.
Private shared channels (beta)
Create both private and public shared channels to communicate with vendors, agencies or clients in Slack. Each party can choose the level of privacy for a shared channel in their workspace.
New and improved shared channel management
A central, convenient place to view all of the external workspaces that yours is connected to. Or easily create, view and stop sharing any (or all) shared channels. Click here for details!
See emoji as you type 👍
Emoji codes (like :thumbsup:) convert into the actual emoji as soon as you type them out in your message. Voilà!
Ding! Desktop 3.0.0 is ready ⏲
The latest Slack desktop app is fully baked! This version loads faster and uses less memory. Tasty, eh? Read the release notes for a full list of what’s changed.
Better shared channel management
Now workspace owners and admins can cancel, decline or accept pending shared channel invitations. To access, click Channels in the channel sidebar to browse all channels, then choose Show all shared channels (beta).
The Slack app is available in Japanese! 🌸
If paying for Slack by credit card isn’t ideal, the option to pay by invoice is available for eligible workspaces. Read more about how it works.
Helpful loading messages from Slack
Sometimes Slack needs a bit of time to load. If you’re like us, productivity is paramount. So turn on helpful tips while you wait!
Share control of your screen During any Slack call, share control of your screen to co-edit documents on the spot. Or simply let others click, draw and navigate!
The latest Slack Enterprise Grid updates and features:
- Remove access to shared channels. Have you shared a channel with too many workspaces in your Enterprise Grid organisation? Well, good news! Now you can remove workspaces from a shared channel. Learn how!
- Invitation-only workspaces. Members can see that invitation-only workspaces exist, but they’ll need an invitation to join. Manage workspace discovery and access.
Redesigned search. Smarter, faster results.
Try the new All view to see search results that are most relevant to you: messages, files and people included! Learn more about sorting through search results in Slack.
Communicate with any organisation in Slack with shared channels
Shared channels (beta) are a new type of channel that connect two workspaces, creating a common space for both organisations to work together, with the benefit of using Slack’s communication features and platform integrations.
👉🏽 Sound interesting, admins? Join our shared channels beta!
Display names and @mentions
Now that the Slack app is available in other languages, display names (previously called usernames) can support spaces, capitalisation and non-Latin characters. To get someone’s attention, type the @ symbol, then simply select a name from the list. Change your display name or dig into @mentions for more.
The Slack app is available in several different languages!
English, German, French or Spanish – what’s your fancy? Simply select the language you prefer to see throughout the app. (Admins! You can set the default language of an entire workspace.)
Forward your emails to Slack
Do you have important information saved in your email inbox? Send those emails to yourself in Slack to keep everything in one place! Learn how to set up a forwarding address.
More insightful channel details
New to a channel or want to know more? Channel highlights provide a high-level overview of anything you’ve missed. Read all about it!
Enterprise mobile security
Enterprise Grid admins can integrate Slack with their mobile security provider for additional control over which devices can access Slack. See how it works here!
Control guest invitation permissions for Enterprise
Now only members with permission to do so can invite guests to workspaces that are connected to Enterprise Grid organisations. Click to read more.
Better insights about your team
Slack’s improved analytics give a better picture of how members use Slack and the tools and services connected to your workspace. Read more to see how your team is doing.
Keyboard accessibility in Slack
Rely on your keyboard to get around? We’ve got shortcuts to help you navigate from one area in Slack – such as links, buttons and message input fields – to another. Click to find all of our accessibility shortcuts (and say 👋 goodbye to your mouse)!
Single sign-on test mode for Enterprise
Test mode is now available on both the Plus subscription and Slack Enterprise Grid – go ahead, test SAML single sign-on configurations safely (and make adjustments!) before putting those changes into effect. Sound interesting? Read all about it here.
Change Google Drive file permissions from Slack
If you share a file in Slack that doesn’t give other people access – whether that’s to view, edit or leave comments – we’ll check whether you want to change the file’s permissions. Read on for more about Google Drive for Slack.
- The Slack app can now be found in the G Suite Marketplace! When you add Slack to your Google apps, Google Drive connects automatically.👌
Discover and add apps to get things done
We’ve made it easier to discover the apps your team are already using in Slack. Find the Apps section in your channel sidebar to browse and manage apps or jump right into Slack’s App Directory. Learn more about adding apps for your team.
Use highlights to focus on the important things
We’ll summarise what’s important to you in your All unread view and highlight key messages in channels. You’ll spend less time reading and more time getting things done. Want to learn more?
Sync info stored in your identity provider to your members’ profiles
People at your company can view consistent and clear information – e.g. job title or phone number – right from within their teammate’s profile in Slack. And there are other benefits too. Read more!
We’ve streamlined your notification preferences
Access all your notification preferences – across channels and devices – straight from the Slack desktop app. Dive into desktop notifications in our Help Centre.✨
Hide join and leave messages
Join and leave messages can be useful, but as your team grows they might be getting in the way of real work. You can now turn them off if you want to. Manage your team’s preferences.
¡Hola! We’ve launched our Spanish Help Centre
Slack’s Help Centre is now available in Spanish. Switch to the Spanish Help Centre!
- Admins can now customise their team’s set of suggested statuses to better reflect the ones your team use most often.
- If you’re using Slack’s desktop app, channel archives will open in the app rather than redirecting you out of the app to a web browser.
- And finally, the limited edition Brené Brown loading message collection was just that (it was both limited edition and a loading message collection) and as such, is no longer available for new teams. Don’t worry – if you have it enabled now, it’s not going anywhere. We’ll have something just as special to come – and you can, as ever, add your own.
Preview GDrive files in channel
Links to GDrive files – whether you’re looking at docs, spreadsheets or slideshows – expand in channel, giving a clearer (and more useful) glimpse of what’s inside. Read our blog post for more.
Share your screen directly from Slack
From a Slack call, press the share screen icon to present all of your hard work to teammates. Learn more about making calls (and sharing your screen)!
Relevant conversations and channels
To help you find answers to questions faster, we highlight specific people and channels that are most relevant to what you’re searching for. See how it works!
Set a deactivation time for guest accounts
Manage guest accounts for your team efficiently with more control over how long they’ll have access to your team. Learn more.
Better mobile message input
On iOS and Android devices, we’ve made sending messages and sharing files and photos easier when you’re on the move.
Better guest management on Enterprise Grid
On Slack Enterprise Grid, guests can be converted to regular members through the Admin dashboard. Learn more.
Updates to our set of supported browser and operating systems
To deliver a better experience in Slack, we’ve focused our efforts on a smaller set of supported browsers and operating systems. Learn more.
Add a custom status
Whether you’re going on holiday or working remotely, let your teammates know what you’re up to. 🌴 Pop over to the Help Centre article for the details.
こんにちは! Introducing the Japanese Help Centre
Slack’s Help Centre is available in Japanese! Switch to the Japanese Help Centre.
Interactive message menus in apps
Building an app for Slack? Along with buttons, apps can include drop-down menus offering members a list of options to choose from. Learn more.
We’ve added international billing currencies
In addition to US dollars, Slack pricing is offered in pounds sterling, euros and Japanese yen. Learn more.
Share files from your Google Team Drive
For teams using the Google Drive app, share, expand, search and preview files shared from your Team Drive in Slack. Learn more.
At Slack, safety and security are paramount. We’ve added an extra layer of protection to identify potentially unsafe websites or malicious links. Learn more.
Request a new workspace on Enterprise Grid
With the preference turned on, members on Enterprise Grid can easily request to add a new workspace to your organisation. Learn more.
Move channels between teams
Move channels between any team or workspace connected to a Slack Enterprise Grid org. Learn more.
International channel names
Channel names can now include a much broader set of characters and accents. Any #fans-of-crème-brûlée out there?
Hallo, German Help Centre
Slack’s Help Centre is now available in German with additional languages to follow. Switch to the German Help Centre. 🇩🇪
We’ve improved support for teams interested in building internal integrations using our APIs. Learn more.
Manage team discovery and access
We’ve improved support for teams interested in building internal integrations using our APIs. Learn more.
Test mode for SSO configuration
Setting up single sign-on has never been easier. Test your configuration safely and make adjustments before putting changes into effect. Learn more.
In-line WebM videos
Give it a try! Share any .webm file in Slack and it watch it magically play in line. 🎬
DLP and eDiscovery support
Slack Enterprise Grid customers in regulated industries can benefit from our DLP and eDiscovery support to become HIPAA and FINRA compliant. Learn more.
Bonjour, French Help Centre
Slack’s Help Centre is now available in French, with additional languages to follow. Switch to the French Help Centre.
Slack Enterprise Grid customers can claim or whitelist their company’s additional domains to help reduce the number of unsanctioned teams outside of the organisation. Learn more.
Message threads! We launched ’em.
Keep conversations in your team’s channels clean and tidy with threaded messages. Visit our Help Centre to learn more.
UI zoom and channel details pane refresh
We’ve improved the way Slack looks when zoomed in at higher levels. Along with updates to the channel details pane design, these design improvements will make messages in Slack easier to read. 🐻
Slack app available in the Windows Store
Download the Slack app right from the Windows Store. Featuring live tile notifications and better integration with Microsoft’s IT management tools for enterprises.