HipChat vs Microsoft Teams
Last updated: March 15, 2017
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Microsoft Teams is the chat-based workspace in Office 365 that integrates all the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective.
Latest news about HipChat and Microsoft Teams:
15.03.17. Microsoft opened Teams to all Office 365 users. Microsoft's Slack rival - Teams - is now available, and free, for all 85 million monthly active users of Office 365, Microsoft’s suite of cloud services and apps as a web app and native apps for Windows, iOS and Android. Along with it, the company is announcing some 150 integrations with third-party services like Asana, Zendesk and Hootsuite, alongside the ability to chat (with other humans or with bots), security services, customization options and more. For a new app that is coming to the market after the meteoric rise of Slack, as well as other competing services like Workplace from Facebook and Hipchat from Atlassian, some might argue that Teams and Microsoft are late to the game. In its favor, Microsoft is banking on the low-friction aspect of the service: Those being targeted are already using Microsoft apps like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint and Power BI, so there will be familiarity and convenience. And it’s free to try out.
03.11.16. Microsoft introduced Teams - the main Slack competitor. In the beginning of the year Microsoft wanted to acquire super-popular group chat software Slack, but then decided to build the same own service from the scratch. And here it is - Microsoft Teams, and it looks very similar to Slack. You can create rooms for projects or departments, communicate from desktop or mobile devices and share files and other content. Like Slack, it features bots for notification and auto-replies. The main advantages of Teams (according to Microsoft) are its security and tight integration with other Microsoft applications, like Skype, Word, SharePoint, Planner and OneNote. Teams will be available for free in business subscription plans of Office 365. So Microsoft hopes that it will become the last straw for those companies that still don't use Office 365. Teams is now in preview mode and will be generally available in early 2017.
01.11.16. Amazon Alexa comes to workspace via HipChat. Atlassian's HipChat gets integration with Alexa, the Amazon's AI-based personal assistant that lives in Echo smart speaker. The integration enables Alexa to initiate conversations proactively rather than simply respond to queries, as well as alert users when certain thresholds have been met or if irregularities arise. Users will be able to connect Alexa to their HipChat room and teach it commands to perform work tasks, such as checking a website’s status and deploying a previous version in case it’s down. HipChat is also upping its video options with enhancements that double the simultaneous number of users from 10 to 20.
19.08.16. HipChat adds group video chat. Group chat service for business HipChat (that is called the Slack's main rival) has released built-in video conferencing system. It allows HipChat users to video chat with the click of one button and gives users more control on who they want to see. Prior to the update, users could video chat but they had to rely on a third-party integration, such as BlueJeans, HYFY and Google Hangouts. Those require having separate accounts, take more time to start and give users less control over who they see when. In March Slack developers also promised to add video and audio calls to their product.
07.05.15. Atlassian acquired team chat Hall. Atlassian, that providers services like JIRA, Confluence and the group chat tool HipChat, has acquired Hall, a group chat service for businesses. Both HipChat and Hall currently offer free starter plans for an unlimited number of users in a given team. For advanced features Hall currently charges $4 per user/month while HipChat’s plans start at $2 per user/month. Unlike Hall, though, HipChat offers more advanced features like video chat and screen sharing. With Hall, the company is acquiring new users in financial services, real estate, professional services and similar industries where Hall found its niche since its launch in 2011. The company will shut down Hall on June 30th, but current Hall users can now migrate their users, messages and files to HipChat.
28.04.15. Atlassian acquires Jitsi video chat maker to power HipChat. Atlassian announced that it has acquired BlueJimp the founder of the open-source chat and video conferencing tool Jitsi. BlueJimp’s technology will replace the current video chat technology that powers Atlassian’s HipChat video features, both in Atlassian’s hosted and on-premise versions. Atlassian promises to continue to support and develop the open source version of Jitsi going forward. Jitsi’s WebRTC-compatible Videobridge product is likely what Atlassian was mostly interested in. It’s a scalable video router that makes it easier for developers to build video chat services with multiple participants. WebRTC, after all, should make it easier for Atlassian to scale its video services and should make it easier — and more cost-efficient — for the company to offer its on-premise version of HipChat.
29.01.15. Atlassian launched HipChat server. Atlassian has launched a new version of its team collaboration chat HipChat for enterprise users who want (or need) to run the service on their private networks. Enterprises can now install a virtual machine that runs HipChat. This version will include all the standard features that are now part of the tool, including the recently launched video chat functionality. Users who switch from the Atlassian-hosted version to HipChat Server won’t notice any major differences, with the exception that the server edition can be integrated with a company’s existing enterprise identity management services.
05.06.14. Atlassian removes user limits in free HipChat version. Atlassian removed user number restrictions from the free version of its group chat for teams HipChat. Until now, the free version supported only up to 5 users. Thus, the only paid services in HipChat are video calls, unlimited search and larger file storage size. Obviously, such a kind gesture by Atlassian was caused by the increased competition from other representative of this segment - Slack. Slask launched last year and initially had no restrictions on the number of users and therefore, very quickly gained a lot of fans. Recall, HipChat - is a group chat widely used by software and internet companies. It allows you to create workspaces for different projects or departments and communicate in real time, share files, track the project progress.
07.05.14. Atlassian HipChat gets videochat and screen-sharing. Atlassian develops best applications for IT companies. One of them - is group chat HipChat, that lets you create open or private chat rooms (groups), invite coworkers and collaborate with them in synchronous or asynchronous mode. From now this also allows to start video chat and even screen-sharing sessions with a single click. These new features are available in the desktop HipChat apps for Windows and Mac as well as mobile apps for Android and Mac. The chat is also integrated in other Atlassin products: Jira and Confluence. However, the video chat and screen-sharing are only available in the paid HipChat version, which costs $2/month per user. The free version (without these features) supports small workgroups - up to 5 people.