The open source and free Telegram Desktop client has reached a new major version today, 2.0, a release that introduces new features, new emoji, and various improvements.
Telegram Desktop 2.0 arrives five months after the 1.9 series and more than three years after the 1.0 milestone. As expected, this is major update and introduces several new features.
One of the biggest new feature of the Telegram Desktop 2.0 release include the ability to organize your chats into so-called “Chat Folders” whenever you think you have too many chats opened.
Another interesting feature is support for creating custom folders with flexible settings. In addition, the client now also lets users use default recommendations when creating custom folders.
Furthermore, Telegram Desktop now lets you pin an unlimited number of chats in each folder and makes it easier to access all of your chats by switching between folders through the new side bar.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, this release introduces new animated emoji. These include :virus:, 🤒, 😷, 🤕, :sneeze:, :sick:, :soap: and 🚑.
Last but not least, you can now send the :dice: animated dice emoji to any chat to try your luck and get a random number.
On some distros you will also be able to install this latest release directly from the software repositories, which is the recommended way of installing Linux apps. The full source code can also be found on GitHub, along with binaries for Windows and macOS systems.