Top 16 Group Chat software
Last updated: January 26, 2020
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.
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.
Open source, on-premises, Slack-alternative. Like Slack, you can send messages and files across channels, get notifications on unreads and mentions, and search history–all from your PC or smartphone.
Plan, share, & organize work in real-time. Glip organizes your team’s work while you chat with your co-workers, and makes your conversations productive. All your projects, meetings and files live in the stream, so everyone is in the loop on what’s happening.
Zoho Cliq combines content and communications into a single view to give you a comprehensive picture of your team's work. Zoho cliq is designed to let information flow freely to bring about that much required transparency to work.
CA Flowdock is a team collaboration app for desktop, mobile & web. Work on things that matter, be transparent and solve problems across tools, teams & time zones. One place to talk and stay up-to-date.
A messaging platform built for teams. Whether in a 1:1 chat or a dedicated group workspace, Hangouts Chat makes it easy to collaborate with your team in an organized way. Share and discuss Docs, Sheets, and Slides all in one place.
Wire is an encrypted communication and collaboration app. The most secure collaboration platform
Jumpstart team productivity. Everything you do is protected by Symphony’s unique end-to-end security. Enhance your messages with rich editing, images, tables and files. Hashtags, cashtags and mentions - never miss an important message with personalized filters. Secure access to your conversations on your desktop or on your iPhone.
Fleep is chat for teams and businesses. Your files and messages. Always in sync. On all devices. Team communication is now a simple, common-sense thing. Fishing for someone’s wise words in an ocean of chat? Instead, pin important messages to the side so everyone can see and edit them. Task lists, meeting notes, important links, etc. As with messages, trawling for files in a long conversation wastes your life. In Fleep, all photos and documents have a nice clean drawer on the side tab, next to the conversation flow.
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The private enterprise social network for real-time collaboration. Stay connected to your team and projects via this next-generation social business tool. With Convo Chat on mobile, start your morning catch up while you're on the train, or walking to work and continue the conversation on your desktop at work.
Take your conversations with you, wherever you go. Stay connected to your colleagues and don't miss a discussion anymore - the ChatGrape mobile apps for iOS and Android will keep you updated and let you join the conversation easily, no matter where you are. Reference all data from your external services from within ChatGrape right as you type - with an autocomplete that knows your business.
Mobile-first internal communication platform for your mobile-first workforce. Bring your team. Increase staff engagement, productivity and efficiency.
Crew is a communications app that keeps everyone on the same page for everything work-related.
Troop Messenger – a comprehensive instant messaging app for businesses-small to giant. Instant Messaging, Video Call, Video Conferencing, File Sharing, Desktop Sharing, Work Schedules and Projects on Troop Messenger - The Unified Business Communication Platform
Flock, the best team communication app and online collaboration platform, comes with team messaging, project management and other great features that improve productivity and boost speed of execution.
Latest news about Group Chat software
2020. Microsoft Teams is getting push-to-talk feature
Microsoft is adding a new Walkie Talkie feature to its Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams. Available in preview in the coming months, the feature will turn smartphones or tablets into a walkie-talkie that will work over Wi-Fi or cellular data. It’s primarily designed for “firstline workers,” employees who face customers and run day-to-day operations inside companies. Microsoft is positioning this as a more secure way of using a traditional walkie-talkie. Microsoft is embedding the feature at the center of its navigation bar inside Microsoft Teams, suggesting that’s a highly requested feature that will be used by a lot of companies.
2019. Messaging app Wire raises $8.2M
Wire, an enterprise-focused end-to-end encrypted messaging service, has quietly raised $8.2 million. Besides, it moved its holding company to the US from Luxembourg and is planning to introduce a freemium tier to its existing consumer service — which itself has half a million users — while working on a larger round of funding to fuel more growth of its enterprise business — a key reason for moving to the US. For now Wire is keeping the rest of its operations as is. Customers are licensed and serviced from Wire Switzerland; the software development team is in Berlin, Germany; and hosting remains in Europe.
2019. Slack adds workflow automation feature
Slack released Workflow Builder - visual tool that allows any Slack user to automate routine functions by creating custom workflows. In just a few minutes, you can have a seamless way to standardize how you collect requests from your team, report any outage in real time, get new team members up to speed with welcome messages… and loads of additional applications. Before you jump in to build workflows from scratch for your team, the easiest way to get started is to download and import one of our pre-built workflow templates: welcome teammates to channels with automatic onboarding messages, request information with custom forms, collect incident reports in real time.
2019. Facebook Workplace dives into enterprise video content management
To capitalize on Facebook’s growing focus on video in its consumer service, Facebook Workplace has undertaken several steps of its own into video. It’s releasing a special app that can be used on the Portal, Facebook’s video screen; and alongside that, it’s announcing new video features: captioning at the bottom of videos; auto-translating starting with 14 languages; and a new P2P architecture that will speed up video transmission for those who might be watching videos on Workplace in places where bandwidth is constrained. It’s a way for Workplace (and Facebook) to differentiate the experience and use cases for the product to businesses, which might already be using Slack but might consider buying this as well, if not migrating away from the other product altogether.
2019. Slack competitor Facebook Workplace has raised its prices for the first time
After three years of life and 2 million paying users signed up, Facebook Workplace is changing its pricing tiers. Up to now, Facebook has taken a very simple approach to how it charges for Workplace, unique not just because of it being a paid service (unlike Facebook itself, which is free), but for how it modeled its pricing on the basic building block of Facebook-the-consumer product: a basic version was free, with an enhanced premium edition costing a flat $3 per active user, per month. Now, the standard (basic) tier is getting rebranded as Workplace Essential, and will still be free to use. Meanwhile, the premium tier is being renamed Workplace Advanced and getting charged $4 per person, per month. And Facebook is introducing a new tier, Workplace Enterprise, which will be charged at $8 per person, per month, and will come with a new set of services specifically around guaranteed, quicker support and first-look access at new features.
2019. Slack speeded up its group chat for Windows and Web
Slack is launching a major update to its web and desktop today that doesn’t introduce any new features or a new user interface. Instead, it’s almost a complete rebuild of the underlying technology.Slack promises that this new version will use up to 50 percent less memory than before and that Slack will load 33 percent faster. Joining an incoming call will also be ten times faster now. A lot of these changes will be especially apparent to users who are part of multiple workspaces. That’s because the developers designed the new architecture with the assumption that many users are now part of multiple workspaces. Those used to take up a lot of memory and CPU cycles when you switched between them, as each workspace used to get its own Electron process in the old app.
2019. Facebook Workplace got 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.
2019. Slack integrates with email
Slack's latest feature allows users to message coworkers via email. The feature, which will be rolling out over the next couple months, is meant to give people who don't use Slack a way to keep up with conversations their coworkers are having inside the messaging app. When they’re mentioned by username in channels or sent a direct message, Slack will route those messages into their email inbox so they don’t miss out on important information while they’re getting themselves set up. Initially, the Slack to email messages will only be one-way, meaning the recipient can view the conversation from their inbox but won't be able to respond directly. But Slack says it will eventually allow people to messages via email as well.
2019. Slack integrates with Office 365
Slack announced new integrations with Microsoft OneDrive and Outlook. Specifically, Slack is integrating calendar, files and calls and bringing in integrations with other services, including Box, Dropbox and Zoom. For starters, the company is announcing deep integration with Outlook that enables users to get and respond to invitations in Slack. You can also join a meeting with a click directly from Slack, whether that’s Zoom, WebEx or Skype for Business. What’s more, when you’re in a meeting, your status will update automatically in Slack, saving users from manually doing this (or more likely forgetting and getting a flurry of Slack questions in the middle of a meeting). Another integration lets you share emails directly into Slack. Instead of copying and pasting or forwarding the email to a large group, you can click a Slack button in the Outlook interface and share it as a direct message with a group or to your personal Slack channel.
2019. Microsoft Teams added whiteboard and live events support
Microsoft Teams is adding a number of new features that will be coming as it works on native integrations of more of Microsoft’s own tools to give Teams more functionality and more relevance for a wider range of use cases. They include customized backgrounds; and support for cameras to capture content to bring in new ways of interacting in Teams beyond text — something that will be further explored with the eventual integration Microsoft Whiteboard, for people to create and ingest presentations that are hand-written into the system. For those who are either hearing-impaired or cannot use or hear the audio, Microsoft’s adding live captions. Finally, it is adding live events support, which will let users create broadcasts on Teams for up to 10,000 people (who do not need to be registered Teams users to attend).
2019. Microsoft Teams added features for shift workers
Microsoft Teams released several new features aimed at shift workers (also known as first line workers). For starters, Microsoft is making mobile Teams more flexible to meet the needs of a variety of shift worker jobs. Some might need to record and share audio messages, while others might need to share their location or access the camera. Whatever the requirements, Microsoft has started with a Firstline Worker configuration policy template, which IT can customize to meet the needs of various worker types. The mobile tool also includes a navigation bar, which allows workers to add the tools they use most often for easy access. The idea is to make it as simple as possible to access the tools they need, given that these workers tend to be on their feet or on the move a good part of the day.
2018. Group chat Crew launched 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. Zoho Cliq makes admin console more Enterprise-ready
Group chat Zoho Cliq is getting some enterprise enhancements, while still remaining accessible to organizations of all sizes. The revamped administration console will enable organization owners using Cliq to fully customize the chat experience for their users. This includes setting up finer control on permissions, user profiling, and personalized themes for your organizations. The admin console enables you to add users to different teams and departments, as well as set their designations within them. As the super admin of your organization, you can add as many admins or moderators as you need. Not satisfied with just default roles? You can add your own for specific tasks, like platform developers who can create and manage bots for the organization. Besides now you can personalize your Cliq to your heart’s content—set your own icons, create your own color scheme for your client’s theme, and add a custom domain.
2018. Enterprise messaging platform Eko raised $20M
Enterprise messaging platform Eko is getting ready to take on Slack, Microsoft Teams and other enterprise messaging apps in Europe. The startup announced today that it has raised a Series B of $20 million and opened offices in London (which will serve as its new commercial headquarters), Amsterdam and Berlin. The company claims that its revenues have more than tripled in the past year and that it now has more than 500,000 recurring paid users. Of course, any enterprise messaging startup has to contend with the specter of Slack and Microsoft Teams. Positioning Eko Communications as a rival to those services, however, isn’t totally accurate, because they are aimed at different customers. Many employees in those sectors still rely on messaging apps like WhatsApp or email to communicate, so Eko Communications seeks to make it easy for companies to transition from their ad hoc communication methods to a more secure and efficient system with tools like APIs to help them integrate legacy systems.
2018. Slack acquires email assistant Astrobot
Slack has acquired Astro, the startup behind email assistant, Astrobot. The deal, which marks Slack’s largest to date, will go a ways toward helping the popular enterprise chat platform achieve its vision of fully integrating workplace mainstays like email and calendars into its channels. Astrobot is a Slack app that integrates email and calendars directly into the chat platform. Among other things, it lets users search both at once, without leaving Slack. The standalone Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Alexa, and Slack apps will be shut down on October, with signups for new users being disabled immediately.
2018. Microsoft Teams gets bokeh and meeting recordings with transcripts
Microsoft adds a number of updates to Microsoft Teams and one of those is a feature that automatically detects faces and blurs the background behind a speaker during video meetings. But the more useful new feature in Teams is intelligent recordings. Teams can now automatically generate captions and provide time-coded transcripts for the replays. This feature is coming to Office 365 commercial customers now. If you want to create live streams and on-demand video for a wider audience inside your company, Teams is also getting that capability next month, together with Microsoft Stream and Yammer (which seems to be lingering in the shadow of Teams these days).
2018. Google Hangouts Chat got emoji reactions
Hangouts Chat, Google’s business-focused Slack competitor, is getting emoji reactions. That’s a feature that Slack has long had, so if anything, today’s move makes Hangouts Chat even more Slack-like than before. The new feature works just like you’d expect and just like in Slack; this update allows you to now quickly add a thumbs-up emoji to all those comments in Hangouts Slack Chat that you couldn’t care less about but where internal politics dictate that you should say something. You could also use them for a quick internal poll or to acknowledge a request where typing “yes” would’ve felt like too much work.
2018. Slack is buying, and shutting down HipChat and Stride
Slack is buying, and shutting down Atlassian's workplace group chats HipChat and Stride (that are Slack's competitors). Both tools will be discontinued and users - migrated to Slack. Hipchat was launched in beta form back in 2009, long before Slack’s debut in 2013. It mostly ruled its space in the time in between, leading Atlassian to acquire it in March of 2012. Slack quickly outgrew it in popularity though for myriad reasons — be it a bigger suite of third-party integrations, a better reputation for uptime, or better marketing. By September of 2017, Atlassian overhauled its chat platform and rebranded it as as “Stride”, but it was never able to quite catch up with Slack’s momentum.
2018. Slack acquired routine automation app Missions
Slack has acquired Missions, the app that allows Slack users to build tools to automate simple routines without code. Missions’ technology lets people create workflows for tasks that they might normally have to talk about inside Slack and then carry out the process off-chat. With Missions, Slack hopes that users can help teams boost productivity by making things more simple for a variety of repeatable processes. Other potential areas for the app to help users include managing approvals and rejections in the hiring process, as well as internal ticketing.
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.