Note: To prevent revealing potentially sensitive information about your organization, members' custom statuses are not displayed within shared channels (beta).In our desktop apps, you’ll appear active whenever Slack is open and you're interacting with your computer.
However, media outlets have been critical of changes to operating system behaviors, including mandatory update installation, privacy concerns over data collection performed by the OS for Microsoft and its partners, and the adware-like tactics used to promote the operating system on its release.
At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in 2011, Andrew Lees, the chief of Microsoft's mobile technologies, said that the company intended to have a single software ecosystem for PCs, phones, tablets, and other devices.
The Windows user interface was revised to handle transitions between a mouse-oriented interface and a touchscreen-optimized interface based on available input devices—particularly on 2-in-1 PCs; both interfaces include an updated Start menu which incorporates elements of Windows 7's traditional Start menu with the tiles of Windows 8.
The first release of Windows 10 also introduces a virtual desktop system, a window and desktop management feature called Task View, the Microsoft Edge web browser, support for fingerprint and face recognition login, new security features for enterprise environments, and Direct X 12 and WDDM 2.0 to improve the operating system's graphics capabilities for games.
"We won’t have an ecosystem for PCs, and one for phones, and one for tablets—they'll all come together." Foley called Threshold a "wave of operating systems" across multiple Microsoft platforms and services, scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.
Foley reported that among the goals for Threshold was to create a unified application platform and development toolkit for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One (which all use a similar Windows NT kernel).
From the dot next to your name, your teammates will know whether you're active, away, or in Do Not Disturb (DND) mode.
When you launch Slack, you'll also see when you're connecting.
The second column displays Windows 8-style app tiles.