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. ✨

2018 | Archive


November 2018

Get updates on Slack's availability 

To keep everyone informed, we share updates about service availability and uptime through Slack Status. Now you can subscribe to receive service alerts via Atom or RSS feed.

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’d like. Choose a preset option, or enter a custom time frame of your choosing. Although you won’t get alerted while in DND, all of your notifications will be waiting for you when you return. You won’t miss a beat! 🎵

Import Stride data to Slack

Back in July, Slack and Atlassian announced a new partnership. We're excited to share, in addition to Hipchat, you can import your company's Stride data to 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.

September 2018

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 Center, 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.

August 2018

Set your status, and forget it!

The next time you set a status, choose exactly how long it will display: once it expires, it will automatically clear. 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 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 Center to learn more, and check out our blog post too.

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.

July 2018

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 to Slack and check out our Slack Guide for Hipchat users.

The ability to export Stride data to 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 normally would. And instead of posting to the bottom of the channel, replies to files will stay neatly nested in a thread — just like message threads.

Old file comments posted in channel
New file replies stay in threads

View Enterprise Grid migrations in progress 🍿

Moving workspaces over to an Enterprise Grid organization? 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. And all the search modifiers you already know still work! Learn how to search in Slack

Other news

  • 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 gives Enterprise Grid customers more insight into access events related to app activity, like who requested or approved an app for a workspace.
  • New security features: Build more secure apps with Request Signing & Mutual TLS.

June 2018

Update to Slack for Desktop 3.2.0

The latest Slack desktop app is here! Get ready for fewer pesky unread badges, better calls, quicker switching for Enterprise Grid — and even more. Read the release notes for a full list of what's changed.

Create links to guide 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 in your mobile Slack app's Settings.

Other news

  • Your channel list on iOS now more closely matches your Desktop sidebar.
  • You may see channel names briefly appear 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.

May 2018

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, and use VoiceOver (Mac) and Narrator (Windows) to read your messages.

Updates from our Platform and App Directory

  • Receive a courtesy confirmation before deactivating an app on 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.

Other news

April 2018

Workspace Directory redesign

Searching for workspaces to join on an Enterprise Grid org just got a lot easier. Find out where your teammates are working by searching their name or email address.  

Other news

  • We've added new ways to interact with app dialogs. For instance, you'll find new menu types that allow you to select members, channels, or conversations. Visit Slack API for more.

App Release Notes: Dive into the details! 🚀
Mac | Windows | Linux | iOS | Android | Windows Phone Beta  

March 2018

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.

Quicker switcheroos

The Quick Switcher got 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 plan. See how it works!

Updates to our Privacy Policy and tools

We’re committed to helping teams around the world work better, together. As part of our growth and to support changes to EU data protection law, we’ve updated our Privacy Policy and User Terms. We’ve also made some changes to our export tools and made it possible to remove profile information for deactivated members.

Audit logs on Enterprise Grid

A new API method is available on the Enterprise Grid plan to help proactively protect an organization. Visit the Help Center or Slack API for more.

Admins can delete private channels

Workspace Owners and Admins can delete public and private channels that they have been invited to join. Simply follow the same steps to delete a channel.


February 2018

Customize your Terms of Service on Enterprise Grid

If you’ve set ground rules for your employees to use Slack, now you can make them visible when members sign in. Learn how to create a 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 customize 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 may want to archive. They're just suggestions, so take 'em or leave 'em!

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.

Other news

  • To make it easier for members to find and join workspaces on your Enterprise Grid organization, we've made the default workspace access preference By Request. Learn how to manage workspace access.
  • On Enterprise Grid organizations, members no longer see Guests and bots that exist on workspaces they haven't yet joined in the Org Directory and Quick Switcher. 
  • We've made some behind-the-scenes enhancements so search works even faster. ⚡️

App Release Notes: Dive into the details! 🚀
Mac | Windows | Linux | iOS | Android | Windows Phone Beta  

January 2018

Apple Watch users: one iOS app for all your needs

Everything you could do with the standalone Watch app is now done through the iOS app: rest assured, receiving and replying to messages from your wrist works the same as before. It’s like two for the price of one, but with apps.

New channel sidebar preference for Slack Enterprise Grid 

Group all of the channels shared across your Enterprise Grid organization in your sidebar under the header Organization Channels. To adjust, open Preferences, click Sidebar, then head 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 organization. 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 on their workspace.


New and improved shared channel management

A central, convenient place to view all of the external workspaces 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. Voila!


December 2017

Ding! Desktop 3.0.0 is ready ⏲

The latest Slack desktop app is fully baked! This version loads faster and uses less memory. Sweet, right? 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).  


November 2017

The Slack app is available in Japanese! 🌸

Learn how to select your preferred language in Slack. Need some extra help? You're welcome to email us to speak to our Japanese speaking Support agents anytime. Domo arigato! 

Self-serve invoices

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!

App Release Notes: Dive into the details! 🚀
Mac | Windows | Linux | iOS | Android | Windows Phone Beta  

October 2017

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. Did you share a channel with too many workspaces in your Enterprise Grid organization? Well, good news! Now you can remove workspaces from a shared channel. Learn how! 
  • Invite only workspaces. Members can see invite 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.

September 2017

Communicate with any organization in Slack with shared channels
Shared channels (beta) are a new type of channel that connects two workspaces, creating a common space for both organizations to work together, with the benefit of using Slack’s communication features and platform integrations.

👉🏽 Admins, sound interesting? Join our shared channels beta

Display names and @mentions
Now that the Slack app is available in other languages, display names (formerly called usernames) can support spaces, capitalization, 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 multiple languages!
English, German, French, 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.)

August 2017

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 ‘em!

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!

July 2017

Control guest invitation permissions for Enterprise 
Now only members with permission can invite guests to workspaces that are connected to Enterprise Grid organizations. 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 have shortcuts to help you navigate from one area in Slack — like 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 plan 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.


Change Google Drive file permissions from Slack
If you share a file in Slack that doesn’t give other people access — either 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 is 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 to your team.

June 2017

Use highlights to focus on the important things
We’ll summarize what’s important to you in your all unreads 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 — like 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 — right from the Slack desktop app. Dive into desktop notifications in our Help Center.✨


Hide join and leave messages
Join and leave messages can be useful, but as your team grows they may be getting in the way of real work. If you'd like, now you can turn them off. Manage your team's preferences.


¡Hola! We launched our Spanish Help Center 
Slack's Help Center is now available in Spanish. Switch to the Spanish Help Center!

Other news

  • Admins can now customize 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.

App Release Notes: Dive into the details! 🚀
Mac | Windows | Linux | iOS | AndroidWindows Phone Beta  

May 2017

Preview GDrive files in channel
Links to GDrive files — whether 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 on your team efficiently with more control over how long they’ll have access to your team. Learn more.

App Release Notes: Dive into the details! 🚀
Mac | Windows | Linux | iOS | AndroidWindows Phone Beta  

April 2017

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 vacation or working remotely, let your teammates know what you’re up to. 🌴  Pop over to the Help Center article for the details.


こんにちは! Introducing the Japanese Help Center
Slack’s Help Center is available in Japanese! Switch to the Japanese Help Center.


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 British Pound, Euro, 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.


Safe browsing
At Slack, safety and security is paramount. We’ve added an extra layer of protection to identify potentially unsafe websites or malicious links. Learn more.

March 2017

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 organization. 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 Center
Slack’s Help Center is now available in German with additional languages to follow. Switch to the German Help Center. 🇩🇪 

Internal Integrations
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.

February 2017

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.


Inline WebM videos

Give it a try! Share any .webm file in Slack and it watch it magically play inline. 🎬


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 Center

Slack’s Help Center is now available in French with additional languages to follow. Switch to the French Help Center.

January 2017

Domain whitelisting

Slack Enterprise Grid customers can claim or whitelist their company's additional domains to help reduce the number of unsanctioned teams outside of the organization. Learn more.


Message threads! We launched ‘em.

Keep conversations in your team’s channels clean and tidy with threaded messages. Visit our Help Center 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.

App Release Notes: Dive into the details! 🚀
Mac | Windows | Linux | iOS | AndroidWindows Phone Beta

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