Slack beta for Windows Phone updated

Mark Coppock


Slack’s team-based messaging app has been available on Windows Phone for a while now, as a beta. It hasn’t yet made the transition to the Universal Windows Apps platform, however, and the latest update to the beta doesn’t change that circumstance. Version 2015.1210.0.0 does, however, add in some new features, fixes, and known issues, as updates tend to do.
Here are the fixes:

• Fixed connectivity issues some devices were having
• Fixed some issues with selecting users & inviting users to group messages
• Fixed an issue where keyboard did not properly display after resuming on authentication screen
• Improved performance on loading large direct message user lists
• Fixed various other crashes that have been reported

Here’s what’s been added and updated:

• In-app downloads
• Improved handling of Slackbot messages
• Experimental support for animated gifs (can be enabled in Settings – it may impact scrolling performance depending on device and number of images animating)

There are some things to keep an eye on as you use the app, as well. Known issues include:

Messages cannot be sent while disconected (sic). In the future we plan to have better handling for queueing messages sent, but for now the send button should be disabled when there isn’t a connection available.

Finally, here are some of the things you can look forward to in future updates:

• Mulit-team (sic) support – several people have requested multi-team support and we’re working on it :+1:
• Performance improvements – it can always be better
• Starring and viewing starred items
• Commenting on files
• Search
• Offline support
• Channel Info pane
• More integration with Windows Phone specific features

So there you have it, Slack users, a shiny new update to the Slack beta on Windows Phone. We do hope the developers will consider a Universal Windows Apps version, and if you agree hit them up with your feedback by going to Settings > About in the app or send an email to [email protected].

Slack (Beta)
Slack (Beta)
Price: Free