Slack today confirmed a brand new version of its desktop app that will finally fix painfully slow performance many users have suffered for years.
The new app for Mac and Windows is completely rebuilt with focus on speed. It promises to start 33% faster and record 50% less RAM than before.
You're incredibly lucky if you already have a good performance in Slack. The desktop client has been terribly slow for most of us – especially when it comes to uploading for the first time. It also likes to eat RAM almost as much as Chrome.
Slack has ignored it. It has actually worked with a complete overhaul for two years, and it is finally ready to deliver it.
Slack will be faster than ever
The new Slack app is still built with Electron, but some elements have been modernized using React to improve the performance issues we have encountered.
Slack says that overhaul will provide significantly faster load times, especially for those who use multiple work areas. It will also use less RAM by no longer creating a stand-alone copy of Slack for each of the workspaces you use.
You should notice that slack calls are faster to join and that you get a smoother experience when you have poor connectivity. When you're completely disconnected, it's easier to see the sessions and conversations you've had before.
Slack does not have a proper offline mode yet. But thanks to improved caching, it will do a better job of storing your data so you can see it without an internet connection.
Enjoy the new sledge today
What is really good about the new Slack app is that you don't have to wait a day longer to enjoy it. The update is available for download now for macOS and Windows.