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Valve have updated Steam and added in two really needed features. First, they won't spam you with who's doing what when you first login. I actually have all user notifications on Steam turned off, so it's not an issue for me. That is one of the reasons I do this though, so by them fixing this I might be able to turn them back on.

The second important new feature, is that they finally allow you to turn off notifications from groups. I hope they roll that out per-group in future, as some I want to be a part of, but not get notifications from and some I might. Still, it's a first step and a good one.


Full changelog:
- Updated Web Control to CEF v56.0.2924.51
- Added a setting to disable group event and announcement notifications
- Steam no longer shows notifications for all of your friends who are online/in-game when you first sign-in, instead you see notifications only for friends who change status after you sign-in
-- Fixed Web Control failing to localize dates correctly
- Fixed Steam Video Player failing to load correctly when using non-latin characters in your Windows user name

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nox 1 Feb, 2017
Holy shit, yes. Finally!
I've more than once wanted steam dead because of the notification spam.
hardpenguin 1 Feb, 2017
Quoting: Valve- Fixed Steam Video Player failing to load correctly when using non-latin characters in your Windows user name
I like how these two things seem unrelated, yet were a cause of a bug :)
s8as8a 1 Feb, 2017
Yes!!! I can finally not have group announcements!!!
Xpander 2 Feb, 2017
finally group announcement settings.

now if they could only fix the chat messages problem. theres no blinking on the panel when someone is writing, there is blinking in the tabs but for that i have to have the window in front of me to see that.
Nanobang 2 Feb, 2017
It's funny how every Steam update makes me resent Valve a little more. Although it is nice that Valve fixes these squibbly little Steam bugs, it would be even nicer if every once in a while they did something about the 200 lb. penguins in the room. Broadcasting, full functionality of SC in Desktop mode and wirelessly when Steam isn't running, and updating their Linux aging Linux client are all long overdue for some attention. Grrrrrr. Just, grrrrrrr.
HollowSoldier 3 Feb, 2017
They also finally moved the misplaced streaming checkbox that's been broken for years. Unfortunately they moved it into another broken location.
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