With the new version 7.0, Mattermost updates its chat and collaboration platform. The focus of the update was in particular on features requested by users: Among other things, the program has a new thread view for replies, which can be collapsed to provide an overview. Administrators can enable the feature by default for all users if they wish.
Different instances for apps
Furthermore, the apps for iOS and Android can now be connected to multiple Mattermost instances. However, this is still a beta feature that users who want to test it must explicitly activate. With the apps and desktop clients, voice calls can also be made in channels in the future, in which the screen content can also be shared with the other participants. The chat and other Mattermost functions are available in parallel in the background. Officially, this feature is still in a beta phase – cloud customers should receive it automatically, administrators of a local instance have to configure it manually.
Furthermore, the developers are expanding the text input of the chat with new buttons for formatting the message. It is aimed at users who cannot or do not want to write Markdown – the program converts this into the correct syntax. A click on the preview finally shows the message as it will appear in the channel.
Further updates are available for the playbooks, which are checklists for automating workflows. Now users can also edit them in the overview view and call up statistics on the actual use of the playbooks. Mattermost is also introducing new settings for actions and triggers: They should allow more detailed configuration of which people the software should inform when and which WebHooks they should trigger when.
Ready packages for macOS and Linux
Finally, there is also a change in the interface, a panel on the right side of the application will bundle extensions and apps in the future. Installing the desktop clients should also be easier for system administrators: On the one hand, the program can now be found in the macOS App Store, including automatic updates via it, and DEB and RPM packages are now available under Linux.
All information about the update can be found in the project’s blog. Mattermost is open source software that can also be run by yourself. As an option, the developers offer a cloud variant managed by the project – it is free of charge in a small installation, fees are due for many important company functions and support.
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