Fashionable firms use a bunch of instruments to enhance their workflows and get extra finished inside a single workday. Amongst these instruments, a workforce chat app is a needed a part of a contemporary office and through the years, Slack has come up because the #1 answer to get this job finished. In actual fact, Slack has over 10 million customers on the level of writing this text.

Nevertheless, what if you happen to don’t like Slack for some motive or it merely doesn’t work on your workforce? There might be a mess of explanation why you’re on the lookout for a distinct answer on your workforce.

So, why would you need a substitute for Slack?

Many organizations persist with Slack’s free plan, which affords primary performance without charge. Nevertheless, the free plan is somewhat limiting, because you’ll shortly blow via the 10,000 message historical past. It doesn’t matter what form of firm you might have, it’s necessary to have entry to your previous messages.

Then there’s the velocity. As an avid Slack consumer, I’ve seen that over time, the app turns into slower, as the quantity of groups utilizing Slack will get larger and greater. In comparison with some apps you’re about to see, Slack can really feel fairly gradual.

Lastly, Slack is a workforce chat app and that’s its major use. If you happen to’re on the lookout for extra functionalities, resembling venture administration, time monitoring, CRM or one thing else, you might have considered trying one thing extra advanced.

In the present day, we’ve the highest 25 Slack options so that you can think about when selecting your workforce’s subsequent chat app, in addition to what makes them higher (or no less than totally different) than Slack.

  1.     Chanty

If you happen to’re on the lookout for a workforce chat app that’s fast, straightforward to make use of and inexpensive, look no additional than Chanty. This Slack different has limitless message historical past, even within the free plan, so that you’ll by no means lose monitor of your messages. Additionally within the free plan, you get extras resembling audio and video calls, display screen sharing and venture administration. There are native integrations along with your most-used apps (Trello, Google Drive, Dropbox, Github) and you may combine with lots of of different apps via Zapier.

You get every part that Chanty has to supply within the free plan, with the one limitation being which you can have 10 customers. Paid plans begin at simply $Three per thirty days, which is half of Slack’s Commonplace plan.

  1.     Google Hangouts

If you happen to already do most of your work in Gmail and use Google Drive to handle your paperwork, it’s solely pure to make use of Hangouts as your workforce chat app. Though it’s not as subtle as Slack when it comes to integrations, it nonetheless will get the job finished. The video function is what actually units Hangouts apart when evaluating it to others on this checklist. You may think about the textual content messaging function as an extension of Gmail, but it surely’s pretty primary in comparison with different apps on this checklist. The good information is that if you happen to’re already paying for G Suite, Hangouts is included, so that you don’t should pay any further charges.

  1.     Skype

This platform has one thing that Slack doesn’t – straightforward audio and video calls and display screen sharing, even on the free plan. On the identical time, Skype lacks the group that Slack has, in addition to the quite a few integrations with different apps. Lastly, you possibly can message anybody with a Skype account, which is nice on the one hand. However, you’re lacking the sensation of a office group that you simply get with Slack.

For extra options, you will get Skype for Enterprise, which comes with Workplace 365. Specifically, Skype was acquired by Microsoft a while in the past and this a part of the app is now included with different Workplace apps. As soon as once more, if you happen to’re already paying for Workplace 365, you possibly can merely snag this free of charge and get some nice options resembling limitless conferences, display screen sharing, whiteboards and extra.

  1.     Fleep

Just like Skype, Fleep is an open ecosystem of kinds, the place you possibly can message anybody with a Fleep account, so long as you might have their contact data. If you wish to get the sensation of getting your individual workspace, you’ll should improve to their Fleep for Marketing strategy, which prices 5 Euros per consumer per thirty days. The excellent news is, you get limitless message historical past and limitless integrations of their free plan. General, Fleep is nice if you happen to don’t want a devoted workspace on your workforce or if you happen to talk closely with exterior companions.

  1.   Ryver

The blokes at Ryver had an excellent concept – combining the facility of a workforce chat app with a venture administration app to give you the perfect of each worlds – one app to rule all of them. It form of succeeded, since each elements work nicely, however not higher than a mix of Slack + Trello for instance. There are native integrations with some helpful apps resembling Google Drive and Dropbox, however for the rest, you’ll have to make use of Zapier. The worth begins at $49 per thirty days for firms with as much as 12 customers, which can be a deal-breaker for some.

  1.     Microsoft Groups

If you happen to already do a number of work in Workplace 365, it’s solely pure to make use of Microsoft Groups as your devoted workforce chat app. In actual fact, the connection between the 2 is the rationale why Groups is without doubt one of the hottest apps within the enterprise part. If you would like a workforce chat app that performs nicely with Workplace 365, that is your perfect Slack different.

If you happen to’re getting Workplace 365 only for Microsoft Groups, bear one factor in thoughts. The onboarding and setup may be fairly advanced and we spent fairly a number of hours getting began with this app earlier than it lastly labored out.

  1.     Jostle

This intranet utility goals for one market particularly – workplaces that want an efficient communication software. Apart from the usual communication options, Jostle has a number of different instruments to assist handle your workplaces, resembling polls, information, occasions, exercise monitoring, and others.

  1.     Flock

This app takes a number of severe jabs at Slack, providing limitless message historical past and limitless integrations, even within the free plan. It’s additionally cheaper than Slack per consumer and it comes with to-do lists and polls as native options, so that you don’t should combine extra apps. It’s additionally quicker than Slack, however the consumer interface leaves a lot to be desired, as our workforce had a number of points when attempting it out for a number of days. 

In contrast to Slack, Flock has a distinct (arguably higher) interface with 5 columns. This makes it simpler to see who’s writing what and you may keep on prime of extra data directly. Nevertheless, it does make your display screen extra cluttered, so not everybody will see it as an enchancment over Slack.

  1.     Yammer

One of many oldest rivals within the sport, Yammer has been round since 2012, but it surely was acquired by Microsoft in 2012. That is in no way a foul factor because it comes included with Workplace 365, which doesn’t value all that a lot. For as little as $4, Yammer doesn’t pack the punch that Slack does, but it surely’s an excellent software for present Workplace customers.

  1.     Cisco Webex Groups

If you happen to actually need to get severe about collaboration (and never simply communication), this might be one in every of your prime selections. Beforehand often known as Cisco Spark, this app combines audio and video communication, file sharing, whiteboard drawing and it does all that with prime of the road encryption. With a $24 month-to-month charge for groups as much as eight customers, it’s additionally cheaper than Slack.

  1.     Rocket Chat

If you happen to’re strapped for money, this Slack different could also be one in every of your finest choices. It’s fully free and open-source, which is nice information since you possibly can edit it and make it fully your individual – if in case you have the abilities. It comes with audio and video calls and display screen sharing, together with loads of different helpful options, but it surely doesn’t have devoted buyer help, which can make issues tough on your workforce.

  1.     Twist

If you happen to love doing issues in another way, Twist is the app for you. Created by the workforce behind the well-known app Doist, Twist focuses on asynchronous communication, not on the spot messages resembling these in Slack. It has an excellent notification system and if you happen to don’t have a necessity for sending messages immediately. It’s additionally free to make use of if you happen to don’t thoughts having a restricted message historical past.

  1.     Hive

There’s only a few that you simply can’t do with Hive. Whereas a lot of the apps on this checklist began out as communication instruments and bought different options bolted on in a while, Hive is totally different. It is a full venture administration answer with automated workflows, motion playing cards, time monitoring, detailed analytics and over 1,000 integrations. You get all of this at simply $12 per consumer per thirty days.

  1.     Zoho Cliq

Is there something that Zoho doesn’t have an app for today? If you happen to rely closely on Zoho’s toolset to get your work finished, that is the perfect method on your workforce to speak. Whereas it doesn’t supply something that can make it notably stand out amongst the competitors, but it surely integrates superbly with the rest of the Zoho package deal.

  1.     Glip

Similar to Ryver, Glip needed to take it one step additional and introduce chat and video messaging and venture administration, multi functional app. The top end result works, but it surely doesn’t really feel as refined as Slack since you possibly can’t choose your individual integrations to deal with video and venture administration. We’ve examined out Glip for per week and we bumped into fairly a number of consumer interface points – your mileage could differ. One notably odd function is that you simply can’t have video calls immediately in Glip. As an alternative, it’s a must to obtain a separate app referred to as RingCentral.

  1.     Mattermost

Similar to Rocket Chat, this app is totally open-source and in addition self-hosted. Utilized by a number of the giants of the tech trade, resembling Samsung and Uber, this Slack different has fairly some social proof. It’s primarily constructed for DevOps groups however you will discover a use for it, regardless of your trade or sort of workforce. Paid plans begin at $3.25 month-to-month, so it’s really cheaper than Slack.

  1.     Jandi

If you happen to haven’t heard about Jandi but, it’s as a result of its major goal market is firms from Asia. This workforce chat app has all the standard bells and whistles – one-on-one and group conversations, file sharing and administration, some mild venture administration duties and extra. There are additionally integrations with essential apps resembling Jira, Trello, Google Drive and plenty of others. The free plan permits for as much as 500 customers and 15,000 searchable messages, however solely 5GB of area. Paid plans begin at $5 per consumer per thirty days.

  1.     HighSide

How about an app that guarantees to extend your productiveness in a method which you can measure? HighSide affords every part you possibly can need – textual content, audio and video communication and file administration. It additionally guarantees elevated security, with end-to-end encryption, consumer id administration and authentication with passwords. You may give it a spin free of charge or seize the paid plan for $4.67 per consumer per thirty days.

  1.     Crugo

An alternative choice to Slack that provides much more than Slack, Crugo doesn’t get the eye it deserves. Apart from options resembling audio and video calls and audio notes, Crugo lets your whole workforce collaborate within the cloud. You may retailer and handle your information, monitor file variations, create calendars and set conferences and just about set up your whole firm from the app. Nevertheless, the free plan solely has room for Three customers, with 1GB of storage per consumer. To get the complete package deal, that you must pay a minimal of $6 per consumer per thirty days. On the upside, there are a complete of whopping 750 integrations.

  1.     Azendoo

Following the development of providing a complete work answer somewhat than being a software only for communication. You are able to do all kinds of fantastic issues with Azendoo – talk, assign and monitor duties, create polls, share information, monitor staff’ time, use analytics to observe workforce exercise and way more. There are a number of native integrations, whereas Zapier can hook you up with different apps as needed. There is no such thing as a free plan and the most affordable choice will set you again $7.50 per consumer per thirty days.

  1.     Bitrix24

If you happen to want only a software to speak along with your workforce, Bitrix24 is just not it. Nevertheless, if you happen to’re on the lookout for an all-around collaboration app on your workforce and also you occur to do a number of gross sales, this simply may be it. On prime of the usual communication options, you additionally get process and venture administration instruments on your whole workforce. Then on prime of that, you get a full-blown CRM. Bitrix24 is free for as much as 12 customers, whereas paid plans begin at $69 per thirty days for six customers.

  1.     Simpplr

This workforce chat app’s primary focus is on HR and enhancing worker engagement and collaboration. In actual fact, it even guarantees some very concrete outcomes, primarily based on a few of its earlier outcomes: 253% enhance in worker engagement, a 25% lower in new worker onboarding communication and extra. It’s dearer than Slack, nevertheless, at $eight per consumer per thirty days.

  1.     Samepage

Have you ever ever needed to get your whole workforce… On the identical web page? This app advertises itself as one and the final word office collaboration software. It combines textual content messaging with audio and video calls, file sharing, doc collaboration, calendar administration and way more. The good information is which you can get every part within the free plan – limitless workforce members, limitless messages and chat historical past, with the one limitation being 2GB of storage. Paid plans begin at $eight per consumer per thirty days and also you get a whopping 1TB of storage per consumer.

  1.     Discord

If you happen to play a number of video video games (or watch others who do), you’ve most likely heard of Discord. This app focuses on the gaming group and it’s probably not constructed for office communication, but it surely does have some nice options. You might have textual content and voice communication, private and non-private channels and way more. You may obtain the app fully free. The largest draw back – the dearth of any integrations with different apps which may make it appropriate to be used at work.

  1.     Flowdock

As its identify says, Flowdock is all about flows and work processes. This software permits you to talk by textual content and video and monitor the progress of ongoing duties. There are quite a few helpful integrations with common apps, in addition to some not-so-useful however needed ones, resembling GIPHY to assist make work simpler. Paid plans begin at simply $Three per consumer per thirty days.

Conclusion

Though Slack is the chief within the workforce chat app market, there are many worthy Slack options on the market. It doesn’t matter if you happen to’re on the lookout for one thing quicker, cheaper, extra versatile or extra complete, there’s a workforce chat app on the market for each firm and trade on the market.

Use this checklist as a place to begin when looking for the brand new app to convey your workforce collectively. Good luck!

Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson

Editor In Chief at ReadWrite

Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content material at ReadWrite.com. He beforehand labored as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You may attain him at brad at readwrite.com.