Slack’s Beta Windows 10 desktop app gets updated with better resume from sleep, other fixes

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Becoming a participant in the various Microsoft Insider or preview programs are beginning to net more than access to early build release of operating system or business related software. With the Groove Music team, Facebook and Slack flighting and releasing early versions of its software on Insider specific versions of the Windows 10 operating system, it would seem developers also see the benefit in segmenting their audience participation.

Today, the Slack team released a new version of its Windows 10 Beta desktop app that includes:

What’s new

  • Customers on the Windows 10 beta will see enhanced notifications, including the sender’s profile picture and image attachments. What a delight!
  • When resuming from sleep, Slack was unusually groggy and would sometimes take over a minute to reconnect. We set an alarm, applied caffeine and a dash of code, and behold: the app resumes much faster now.
  • A shiny new About box that lists our licenses legibly. Legalese: let it be.
  • Can’t find the release notes, you say? Wait, how did you get here? Oh well– try Help > What’s New next time.


  • An issue where teams could fall out of any sensible order in the sidebar. We put them back in formation.
  • The sidebar was using the menu background color rather than the channel list color, resulting in a fashion faux pas for some custom themes.
  • Always Show Menu Bar was checked when it should be unchecked, and unchecked when it should be checked. We swizzled its quantum spin and the universe is consistent once again.
  • Opening developer tools through a troubleshooting link (which we occasionally use for support) now does what we told you it would do.

The new version number for the release comes in at 2.1.0 and interested parties can download the beta here. Let us know what other beta or Insider programs or apps you’re currently a part of and how the experience has been.

Grab the desktop app here.