Have you heard of these 7 Slack competitors?
The explosive growth of Slack has undeniably impacted the business world. However, is Slack the one tool to rule them all? These Slack competitors offer free solutions with a variety of unique features that you and your team can try out today.
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Twist aims to create a more organized workstream collaboration platform. Twist was built by a team spread across time zones who saw value in asynchronous communication. Threaded conversations keep your workspace more organized than the chaotic back-and-forth of a Slack channel, and allow you to catch up on a conversation more easily. One key feature of Twist is its ability to use a scheduled “snooze” mode for notifications, with settings that let you customize whether there are any notifications you’d like to receive while in snooze. The free version of Twist has more limited chat history, but otherwise offers a high level of functionality.
Brosix has found its niche in highly regulated industries, including deployments in hospitals and banks. The major advantage of Brosix is its 256-bit end-to-end encryption of all messages and files sent using its peer to peer connections. While the group messaging has less clean information architecture than other Slack competitors, Brosix offers comprehensive features that include whiteboard, unlimited size file transfer, and video chat.
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The Riot dream is to connect siloed chat apps via bridges, so that you can use Riot to chat with someone else who is using Slack. Riot currently has bridges with Slack, IRC, Discord, and some others, with plans for more. They are tightly associated with Matrix, and they are aggressively open source, meaning a constantly evolving set of customizations.
While not exactly a Slack competitor per se, Discord poses an interesting collaboration platform that is worth considering. Discord was originally designed for gamers, and these origins are undeniable in its interface, which still boasts some quirky elements. However, at its core, Discord offers a number of interesting features, including voice chat rooms and a variety of bots. The best part? It’s completely free.
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The biggest differentiator for Zoho Cliq is the look and feel. If you’re annoyed by having to tab back and forth between the three conversations you have going on at once, Zoho Cliq may be for you. The display allows you to view full conversations side by side. If you’re using other Zoho apps, Cliq may be a clear choice, though its free version is somewhat limited.
If you’re looking for more bang without paying a buck, RingCentral’s Glip is a great option. Glip’s free version is extremely full-featured, including valuable perks like guest access and unlimited file storage. It also includes up to 500 minutes of video chat. Other key features include a fully built-out team calendar and to-do list that integrates smoothly into any team or conversation, which distinguishes it from other workstream collaboration platforms.
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While Microsoft offers a basic version for free, many businesses don’t realize the full-featured Microsoft Teams comes free with Office 365. Teams offers an extensive library of apps, but where it shines is in its integration with Microsoft’s other products. You can collaborate within Teams using Word Online’s real-time co-authoring, and Outlook Calendar shows your meeting schedule and allows you to join via voice or video.
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There are a variety of interesting workstream collaboration platforms available at no cost, with increasingly complex feature sets. Whether you’re looking to up your productivity or secure your communications, there’s a collaboration tool for you!
Unify Square can help you make the most of your workstream collaboration deployment! Our expert consultants help you tackle tough issues around increasing adoption and collaboration security. Our experience allows us to advise you on important policies, such as guest access and workspace expiration.