Intranet Chat software

Updated: May 08, 2019

2019. Facebook Workplace gets a reboot to boost activity and cut down on noise



Facebook unveiled a major redesign for its Workplace service. On the UI side, the new design notably brings two key Workplace features — Groups and contacts for Chats — out of the right-rail graveyard, where many users are believed to have stopped looking years ago to ignore ads — and into the left column, which used to provide a menu of tools and further information about your organization. Notifications, meanwhile, is getting its own “inbox,” so to speak. This is a clever turn that essentially expands the list of actions that have happened that are relevant to you, so that you can click on each one and jump to a view of that relevant piece of content, separate from being in the main default page. Another new update is that Workplace now has a “focus” mode in sections like Groups that take away the left navigation column so you can look specifically at the content you are working on without lots of alerts from other groups, individuals or the company at large.


2018. Group chat Crew raises $35M, adds enterprise version



Crew, a messenger that specifically targets businesses that employ shift workers who do not typically sit at computers all day, has now raised $35 million. It’s also announcing the launch of a new feature called Crew Enterprise, which helps businesses better manage messaging across large groups of these workers. The company has 25,000 customers, many of them multi-store retailers with an emphasis in the food industry; household names like Domino’s Pizza and Burger King — with some strong engagement. There are quite a lot of messaging apps out in the market today, but the majority of them are aimed at so-called knowledge workers, people who might be using a number of apps throughout their day, who often sit at desks and use computers alongside their phones and tablets. Crew takes a different approach in that it targets the vast swathe of other workers in the job market and their priorities.


2018. Slack added search filters



Slack’s search functions are getting another little quality-of-life update with the introduction of filters, which aims to make search a little more granular to find the right answers. The company also says searches are going to be more personalized. All of this is an attempt to get to the right files or conversations quickly as Slack — a simple collection of group chats and channels that can get out of hand very fast — something a little more palatable. As companies get bigger and bigger, the sheer amount of information that ends up in it will grow faster and faster. That means that the right information will generally be more difficult to access, and if Slack is going to stick to its roots as a simple internal communications product, it’s going to have to lean on improvements under the hood and small changes in front of users. The company says search is now 70 percent faster on the back end.


2018. Stride hits general availability



Atlassian's group chat Stride, launched last September into beta, is now generally available to any and all teams that want to give it a try. Basing on beta-period experience the company says that its users have now spent a quarter of a million hours in Stride’s Focus Mode, which is meant to allow worked to reclaim a bit of sanity in today’s notification-driven world by allowing you to turn off all incoming messages and notifications. Since the closed beta launch, Atlassian has added about 50 new features and improvements to the service that include better ways to organize chat lists, better search and a number of improvements to the service’s video meetings features. Indeed, it’s these video chat features that the team is maybe the most proud of.


2014. Unison - virtual rooms for collaboration and discussions



The new service Unison - is an interesting combination of intranet chat, internal social network and video-conferencing. It allows to create virtual rooms in which you can invite colleagues and communicate with them in format of activity stream, as well as via voice and video chat. In the sidebar you see co-workers that are currently in this room or online (in other rooms). It's possible to speak to co-worker personally via Gmail-like chat. Unison provides a mobile version so it's possible to communicate and collaborate from your phone.  The service has a free version for 5 users, which includes also audio and video calls. Paid version starts from $8/month per user. You can also buy the system in a box to install on your own server.