HipChat vs Slack


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HipChat
Group chat and video chat built for teams. Share ideas, code, and files with your team in real time. Rooms are perfect for individual projects, teams, or entire departments. You can also hop into a 1-to-1 chat with a coworker anytime. Connect your team and build genuine consensus with face-to-face video chat and real-time screen sharing. The next best thing to right next to you. HipChat free open-source (self-hosted) alternatives are: Mattermost, Rocket.Chat, Zulip
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Slack
Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It's real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams. Create open channels for the projects, groups and topics that the whole team shares. Slack searches whole conversations, not just individual messages, so you can find what you’re looking for no matter who said what or when they said it. Slack free open-source (self-hosted) alternatives are: Mattermost, Rocket.Chat, Zulip
Comparing HipChat vs Slack is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Slack has better video than HipChat



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like HipChat has more user-friendly interface than Slack because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Slack is more popular than HipChat

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Slack raised $250 million at $5 billion valuation (in 2017)
- Slack adds screen sharing (in 2017)
- Slack launched Enterprise version of its group chat (in 2017)
- Slack now allows to add comments to particular message (in 2017)
- Slack adds video calls (in 2016)
- Google and Slack team up against Microsoft and Facebook (in 2016)
- Amazon Alexa comes to workspace via HipChat (in 2016)
- Slack to be powered by IBM Watson AI (in 2016)
- Slack deeply integrates with Salesforce (in 2016)
- HipChat adds group video chat (in 2016)

Looks like Slack was recently more active than HipChat (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which HipChat and Slack meet head to head:

2015 - Slack adds emails to channels to stand out over HipChat


Email remains ubiquitous and is quite useful for getting updates from pretty much every service on the Internet. That's why Slack is launching a new feature: all teams on the Standard or Plus plans can have email directed into Slack channels. If you don’t set this integration up correctly, your channels could turn into a clogged up shithole, so be sure to think about what emails you want to bring in and where you want them to be posted. Getting support tickets dropped right into a support channel means that your company can move into action faster. While you most certainly can’t reply to the email from within Slack, the alert alone is extremely valuable. What Slack is helping to kill is internal email, which is the bane of everyone’s existence at work.