Microsoft tagged Slack as one of the “little companies” filling a very small niche when the software giant launched chat-based workspace Teams in November last year. But the remark did not dampen Slack’s spirit, and the team has now rolled out its desktop app to the Windows Store.
That means you won’t need to visit Slack’s website to download and install the cloud-based team communication app on your machine anymore. Slack has now made it easier for you to get the app and keep it updated on your PC by using Microsoft’s Desktop App Converter. Also known as Project Centennial, the app bridge has made it possible to convert the Win32 version of Slack so that it becomes available on the Windows Store.
You can use Slack to:
- Communicate with your team and organize your conversations by topics, projects, or anything else that matters to your work.
- Message or call any person or group within your team.
- Share and edit documents and collaborate with the right people all in Slack.
- Integrate into your workflow, the tools and services you already use including Google Drive, Salesforce, Dropbox, Asana, Twitter, Zendesk, and more.
- Easily search a central knowledge base that automatically indexes and archives your team’s past conversations and files.
- Customize your notifications so you stay focused on what matters.
With Slack now available on the Windows Store, users won’t have to update the app constantly as the desktop app already includes an auto-update function. Slack also now supports Live Tiles. You can download Slack from the Windows Store.
Slack also noted some fixes it added to Slack:
- Our zoom levels now match the Chrome browser, so you should feel right at home (so long as your home is Chrome).
- An infrequent crash when quitting the app has been dispatched.
- A slightly more frequent crash while checking for updates; eliminated.
- Signing out of teams from the right-click menu is 46.8% more reliable.
- And finally, if you had multiple displays, new windows (such as a call or a Post) would appear on the primary display instead of the display that Slack was on. Rather than submit this to a physics journal for peer review, we decided to fix it. All is as it should be.
By launching its desktop app to Microsoft’s store, Slack demonstrates that it remains unfazed after Microsoft introduced Teams to the race.