Slack -- the messenger app that's changing the workplace -- just got even better
Slack is changing the workplace as we know it. It eliminates a ton of email and allows people to easily work together remotely through chat rooms and DM's with unique functionality.
Many call it the fastest growing business app ever. Since its official launch in February 2014, Slack has seen unbelievable growth, racking up 750,000 daily active users, a 50X jump.
The company recently rolled out its big 2.0 update and there are a ton of under the hood and feature-driven updates for mobile that are going to make it a lot easier to use.
A few of the highlights:
- Messages will load faster with offline support. This is helpful, because Slack always has to connect when you open it and that can take more time than you'd like occasionally.
- Links open within the app rather than kicking out to an external browser.
- New team directory and channel member search. Not everything you need is always right in front of your face on mobile Slack, so having this feature more accessible is helpful.
- Search for channels and DMs by tapping the "+" buttons in the left-side menu. Should make it much easier to quickly find where you're going, which is helpful in a small screen environment.
- Slash (/) commands now autocomplete which is definitely a feature missed from the desktop app. There's a lot of slash-commanding in Slack if you really want to dig into it.
- Tons and tons of speed improvements and bug fixes.
What's New in Version 2.00
- Short version: While on the surface it may look the same, the app has undergone a thorough rebuild from the ground up, making the experience better in myriad ways. Using it is just nicer.
- Long version with added coruscation and explanatory detail...
- Offline support! Messages will now load faster on launch than you ever dreamed possible and remain available when you're offline.
- A clutch of totally awesome pumped-up performance boosts, including noticeably reduced memory usage and killer speeds throughout the app. Crushed it.
- No more jumping around: You can now open links using an in-app web browser. (Settings > Web Browser > In-App Browser) (Better iPad support coming soon).
- You can now long press on URLs to summon a share sheet, then open the link in an app of your choice (Evernote, Wunderlist or Instapaper, for example), or "Add to Reading List" and save for later. Deferred gratification has never felt better.
- Swishier team switcher page with bonus team icons and a better unread message indicator.
- Sometimes bigger IS better. As proof of this, image previews in channels, groups and DMs are now more pixel-packed.
- Super-responsive swiping when opening the left and right-hand menus.
- Left-handers! Super-responsive swiping when opening the right and left-hand menus.
- A new team directory and channel member search has been added.
- Messages now behave more reliably, even on a spotty network connection. If a message fails to send, you can now try, try, try again (and, with any luck, succeed).
- You can now search for channels and DMs by tapping the "+" buttons in the left-side menu (you can still use the wondrous Quick Switcher by swiping right again, of course).
- Slash commands now autocomplete. And have help text. Or something. Anyway it's p cool. /shrug
- If you have an email account set up in the native Mail app, you can now report issues directly by opening the right side menu > Settings > Submit Feedback. Support for other mail apps coming soon.
- And many other small changes to the back end, meaning the game is irrevocably changed, and the iOS app will never be the same again. Basically, what Star Wars did for sci-fi, we've done to our app. But without Jar Jar Binks.
- Fixed: typing would occasionally become slow and unresponsive, which was frustrating if typing was the main thing you wanted to do, and, let's face it, it usually was. The keyboard is now securely swift.
- Fixed: if you launched the app to a channel with unread messages we wouldn't mark the channel as read even where we should've, because you'd read'em.
- Fixed: the app would crash when opening "Recent Mentions" from the right side menu if you had a recent mention in a file comment.
- Fixed: a few other frequent crashes for iOS 7 users should now be less frequent (or, preferably, completely absent).
- Fixed: We fixed the thing where we'd mention we'd added support for exciting upcoming features in release notes but wouldn't say what those were. That was impolite, and doesn't happen any more. (Except to note that in this build we totally have, and still won't).