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. ✨

 

July 2017

Better insights about your team
Slack’s improved analytics give a better picture of how the people in your workspace use Slack. 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 put 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.

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  • 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? 

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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 | Android | Windows 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)!

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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 | Android | Windows 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.

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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.

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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 | Android | Windows Phone Beta  

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