Two Best Slack Alternatives for Businesses
According to PC mag, emails are the worst collaboration platforms, while team messaging apps prove to be best. And, when it comes to trending business messaging apps, Slack ranks higher, as opposed to the other messaging apps, in terms of popularity ratings.
Why do so many people opt for Slack?
Business opts for Slack because of one specific reason: Loads of features. One feature that I can easily single out is that you could easily set notifications for keywords. For instance, if you are running a project called ‘Spot On’ you can set ‘Spot On’ as the keyword in your notification, and any time anyone uses it in the public channel (not in private channel), you would immediately receive a notification. Slack can also be added to dozens of other tools. So, if in case you find a feature missing, you can easily integrate it to a third party. That said, Slack is expensive, and its user interface, disorganized, and overloaded.
So, if you are looking for an Slack alternative check these two out:
1. Microsoft Teams
Besides Slack, Microsoft Teams is yet another business trending messenger. This chat-based collaboration tool brings the global and remote teams on the same page as no other collaborative tool. The software got added to the Office 365 suite of services in March 2017 and boasts of cool features such as document collaboration, one-on-one chat, team chat, among many other features. Plus, it’s integrated with other 365 services such as Skype, Sharepoint, Exchange, and Yammer.
What makes Microsoft Teams so special?
The chat function is the most distinctive feature of Microsoft Teams. The conversation interface is so beautifully designed that it facilitates quick actions within the team. Users can easily tag one another; organize an ad-hoc team meeting, offer feedback, share links and files, and more.
Similar to other chat tools, team conversations can also be stored and saved. So, in case the user wants to chat later on or is offline, he can easily view their past chat history.
The best part: As teams get to communicate through a specific platform and not on cell phones or their email, it ensures that task-based conversations stay separate from casual communications.
The chat function is tailor-made for internal team communication. However, smaller companies relying heavily on third parties to get work done should be part of the loop, as well. This is where Microsoft Teams feature helps.
Teams’ guest access feature allows team members to grant third party access to Teams’ applications. This saves considerable time as communication gets centralized in one place and does not have to be conducted via an email.
Excellent tool configuration and integration is what makes Teams a favorite among businesses.
Every channel consists of a set of tabs that could easily be configured by the team members. The tags are connected to quick links, which, in turn, are connected to various tools and information that the team could refer to daily. This list of tab options keeps growing.
Since its a Microsoft product, Teams effortlessly work together with other Microsoft applications such as Outlook, Skype for Business, and Word. Plus, several extensions assist integration with third-party software.
2. Glip Chat
Glip by RingCentral is yet another feature-packed business messenger trending software. It is set up with some incredible tools that Slack doesn’t offer (unless you tack it with a third party). For instance, Glip comes with a collaborative document editing feature, a task management tool, and a team calendar. Plus, it offers several visual tools for teams that discuss visual material in detail.
What makes Glip Chat so special?
Free account coupled with umpteen features
Glip comes for free. And it offers unlimited services - post and searches unlimited messages, uploads any number of files, creates as many team conversations you want, uses any big or small feature as long as you want, and so on.
Talking about the paid version, it offers video chat and screen sharing features. However, you could use the free version to check the video samples. Further, advanced admin features and priority support are also part of the paid versions of Glip.
What’s more, Glip users can add guest users for free. So collaboration with contractors, consultants, and customers is a piece-of-cake.
In short, the software facilitates a complete collaborative communication experience that makes the transition between chat, voice, video, and screen sharing, effortless.
Live video sharing with users and non-users
Glip allows you to conduct HD video meetings with screen sharing and recording capabilities.
The video camera icon, which appears at the top of the screen, could be launched right in the middle of a conversation or meeting. This is the best way to resolve an issue with a live video and screen sharing meeting.
Plus, you can schedule meetings and send calendar invites via emails to add people who may not be part of the Glip team. That’s the difference with other chat tools that offer videos only to the users and not to the non-users.
Built-in task management
It turns out, Glip users don’t have to install separate project management software to keep track of the work assigned. Task assignments are part of the Glip message stream, which allows everyone in the team to see whether the task assigned has been completed or not and whether people are sticking to their deadlines or not.
And, given that it’s part of the messaging stream, one can easily make comments on them or even attach files to them. Additionally, you can check out all tasks and even tasks connected with a specific conversation in one place on the Tasks tab in Glip.
Plus, you could add Glip to cloud software for task and project management, including Trello and Jira.
Communicate via several channels from one place
With Glip, you do not have to waste time switching between apps or user interfaces within the same app. Glip lets you undertake all kinds of communication and collaboration tasks in one place, be it typing messages, sharing files, creating notes, assigning tasks, scheduling events, and more - all this could be done from the message box itself during any conversation.
What’s more, you can even start a video chat, take calls, and also make conference calls.
Slack is good. But there are a good number of Slack alternatives making waves in the market. MicrosoftTeams and Glip Chart offer a feature that Slack does not provide and is cost-effective as well. So, if you are looking for a new, trending business messenger, try out these two alternatives, or you could even check out Flock or Twist.
Over to you now! What kind of business messenger are you using? Let us know about your experiences.
I am Jennifer Warren, a Content Crafter with GoodFirms, a research and review platform for service and softmobile app development, software development, bot development companies among many others. She is an opinionated writer with a big appetite for books, buzzwords, and boatloads of bouquets.