The two words that every Rocketeer loves: New Release! In Rocket.Chat 3.6, as usual, we have a lot of exciting new features, improvements and bug fixes to tell you about. 

To make sure you don’t miss a thing, we selected the most important features and listed them below. In this month’s release, all of the features and improvements can be enjoyed by everyone – everything is available on our Community version.

*If you wish to view the complete list of updates, click here.

New features

Community Edition (CE)

Just like you select a picture for your user profile, you can now add personalized avatars for each channel, discussion or private group you’re in. That way, each channel will have a personalized avatar, making it easier to differentiate one channel from another.

Custom images for groups

One of the features we’re most proud of on this release: our Live Chat now supports Rich Messages via UI Kit. With this update, rich components such as buttons, combo boxes and separators are rendered on Rocket.Chat’s Live Chat.

Now you’re able to configure a message as you want via API, improving the experience of your website’s end-user. The message is set up in blocks and can be assembled according to your needs, with images and different types of text.

This feature also increases our bot usability since now it’s possible to present options for the user to select. Another highlight is that the documentation and support components about this feature will be increased, so our Rocketeers can count on official guidelines to configure their widget.

This feature replaces the Export Sent Messages via email option we previously had: now you can select a specific range of messages and attachments on a chat and export them in different formats (.HTML and .JSON), not only e-mail.

After the messages are exported, a download link will be sent to you via e-mail and you’ll be able to download your backup of messages in the format you selected.

Improvements

    • Increase the 2FA remembering time from 5min to 30min
    • Add new setting to enforce 2FA password fallback (enabled only for new installations)
    • Require 2FA to save settings and reset E2E Encryption keys

If you’re changing an important setting on your Admin panel or resetting an E2E Key, our system will now ask you for a 2-Factor Authentication code to proceed with the changes.

The way the code is sent depends on how your Rocket.Chat account is set: it can be via a TOTP authenticator, such as Google Authenticator, or via e-mail. If you don’t have any 2-FA process configured to your account, you’ll be asked to type your password to proceed. We emphasize the importance of setting a 2-Factor Authentication to your Rocket.Chat account.

This is a way to make sure that there’s an authentication process going on when major setting changes are done on a server. This way, it’s possible to keep your servers safe, even for those who don’t have the 2-FA configured.

With our recently added Slack Bridge, there’s now support to synchronize threads between Rocket.Chat and Slack.

Users now require the view-statistics permission to access the admin/info page

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