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With the recent increase in remote work, many companies are having to pay for collaboration apps, such as Slack. Everyone knows Slack’s paid version is costly, but the free version is also extremely limited in functionality. Due to the limited functionality of Slack’s free plan, most companies resort to paying for Slack. See the problem?

Companies who use Slack pay more money to get work done, whereas companies who use the free version struggle to get any work done.

But what if you could have a free alternative that delivers equal or better quality than the free version of Slack?

Here is our list of free slack alternatives: 

  1. AirSend
  2. Chanty
  3. Dino
  4. SquidHub
  5. Riot.im
  6. Zulip
  7. Discord

In this blog post, we will discuss the main functionalities of each free alternative. Let’s dive into the seven best free slack alternatives. 

AirSend

At Home Cooking public channel AirSend. AirSend main channel view
AirSend public channel: At Home Cooking. Main channel view

AirSend is an all-in-one collaboration tool that provides all your business essentials through built-in functionality. These essentials include: 

  • Task management
  • File organization/storage
  • video/audio calling
  • Note tracking/management
  • Conversations
  • Office 365 and Email integration

Unlike Slack, AirSend offers extensive search history of conversations and more abundant file storage (100 GB vs. 5 GB). Additionally, compared to Slack’s busy UI design, AirSend takes the approach of clean and simple.

Finally, the most notable feature to AirSend is that when it comes to having multiple clients/partners, only the host needs to have an AirSend account. Guests and external parties can communicate via email, and their message will show up in AirSend. 

Chanty

Main channel view of Chanty
Main channel view of Chanty

Chanty is a simple AI-powered team chat tool. Chanty’s features include: 

  • TeamBook: a single hub for neatly organized tasks, conversations, pinned messages, and all the content you share.
  • Task management
  • Kanban board view
  • Control team spaces with roles and privileges 
  • Third-party integrations
  • Video/audio calling

There is also a paid version of Chanty ($3 per user/per month). In the free version, Chanty is limited to: 

  • Ten team members
  • One guest
  • 20 GB file storage per team
  • Up to 10 integrations

To get the calling features, users must pay for the business plan. Chanty is a useful tool for focused collaboration. Previous users of Slack will have less trouble transitioning to Chanty due to its similar design. However, people looking for a free slack alternative that doesn’t involve a Slack-like design, may not find Chanty to be a useful tool. 

Dino

Main channel view of Dino
Main Channel view of Dino

Dino is a modern open-source chat client for the desktop. It focuses on providing a clean and reliable Jabber/XMPP experience while having your privacy in mind. XMPP is an open standard for communication, mainly used for instant messaging. It is a secure battle-tested protocol developed by an independent standards organization. 

Features to Dino are: 

  • Encryption
  • Open source: anyone who downloads Dino can modify the tool to fit their needs best

Developed by Github, Dino is an ideal tool for developer collaboration. You can download Dino from certain distributions:

  • Arch Linux
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • FreeBSD
  • Gentoo
  • Guix
  • NixOS
  • Ubuntu
  • Alpine Linux Edge
  • Void Linux

While Dino is not limited to developers, most companies/collaborators may feel the UI/UX too complicated for everyday usage. Nonetheless, Dino is a good free slack alternative for those wanting to prioritize security. 

SquidHub

Image of SquidHub's main channel
Main Channel view

SquidHub is an ideal tool for project management and collaboration. The platform features: 

  • One Dashboard to view a shared to-do list, files, and team messaging
  • Third-party file storage integration
  • Direct messaging
  • Shared task list
  • Guest functionality
  • Audio/video calling powered through Jitsi integration

There is also a paid version to the platform ($4.99 per user/per month). However, the majority of the features listed above are only for premium members. There are limits to the free version: 

  • Two groups
  • 1000mb storage
  • Unlimited search

For small teams and projects, SquidHub is a useful tool. For organizations larger than $50 people, the free version may not be ideal. 

Riot.im

Main channel view of Riot.im
Main Channel view of Riot.im

Riot.im is an open-source interoperable collaboration app that builds bridges with users who use other team chat apps. They are currently running on Web, iOS, and Android. Riot.im features: 

  • Conversations
  • Integrations
  • Security
  • Open source and open standard

Ideally, Riot.im provides a convenient communication solution to partners who use different team chat apps. The platform is available on Windows, iOS & Android, and Linux.

Zulip

Main channel view of Zulip
Main channel view of Zulip

Zulip combines the immediacy of real-time chat with an email threading model. With Zulip, you can catch up on meaningful conversations while ignoring irrelevant ones. Zulip features: 

  • Aesthetic messaging
  • Markdown
  • Drag and drop 
  • Integrations and API’s
  • Configurable notifications

Zulip solves the lack of organization and context in Slack channels. Users who heavily use Slack have to manually scan through hundreds of messages a day to find content relevant to them. The drive behind Zulip is asynchronous communication. Zulip’s free version is limited to: 

  • 10,000 messages of search history 
  • 5GB file storage

Discord

Main channel view of Discord
Main channel view of Discord

Discord is a great platform that enables all-in-one voice and text chat. Slack and Discord carry almost the same UI design. If you are looking for a “busy” design, Discord may be a good free alternative. Further, the selling point to Discord is that they give you full control over your server. 

Creators of a server can establish roles, permissions, and organize channels. Like AirSend, users with Discord can seamlessly switch between private and public channels. Additionally, Discord does not offer integration with third-party apps you might use for work.

While Discord is not limited to the gaming community, the majority of the audience are gamers. Additionally, while it is also a free chat tool, Discord lacks some functionalities needed for project management/collaboration. Nonetheless, Discord is a good free Slack alternative. 

Conclusion

The question that needs to be asked it, why pay more money to be productive when you could save money and be equally or even more productive? With Slack, companies will be paying more to get work done.

We have provided a list of the seven best free Slack alternatives. These free Slack alternatives will not only save you money but also allow you to get equal or more work done. Each tool has its pros and cons, but they all provide equal or better functionality/quality than Slack’s free version. 

Want to know more about AirSend and Slack? Click here to see which tool is better for you.

Welcome back to our podcasts series! It’s been a while since we last made one of these, and with all the commotion going around, we felt that it might be time to make another post on the latest podcast. Today’s podcast theme is accounting. Without further ado, let’s dive into the best three accounting podcasts of 2020. 

The Abacus Show

The Abacus show is a podcast centered around accounting careers and job searches. This podcast is excellent for first-time accountants looking to get into the industry. The Abacus show also features top thought leaders, teachers, and accounting professionals. They share their experience to help you become a top performer.

The episode we recommend for first-time listeners is: “5 simple tricks to find accounting jobs faster.” 

“5 simple tricks to find accounting jobs faster.”

In this episode, learn the five simple things you can do today to speed up your job search. While listening to the episode, Hannah Morgan, a job search strategist, mentions some notable advice. Bob the CPA and host of the Abacus show preface with a question: 

Bob the CPA: “What would you say is the fastest way to get your job search going?”

Hannah Morgan: “People don’t like hearing this, because their natural inclination is to jump right on the job boards. I have to say that the first thing that people need to do before they embark on a job search is really be clear about what their strengths are, what their weaknesses are, and really begin to pinpoint what they are best suited, and what they want to do.’

Some ideas and questions to consider while listening to this episode are: 

  • How to think about your skills and what type of job you want.
  • How to identify “Target Companies” in your area. 
  • When should you ask for help in your job search?
  • Why have sires like LinkedIn become so important?
  • Coaching Note: a new way to think about goals. 

You can find the Abacus show on iTunes, Stitcher, or at their website. Onwards to the next accounting podcast. 

Accounting Best Practices Podcast

The Accounting Best Practices podcast covers essential information on a broad range of business subjects, including accounting technology, controls, closing the books, financing, payroll, and much more. Most episodes are just 7 to 10 minutes long and are jam-packed with information. You can find their podcast on their website, Spotify, iTunes, or Google Play. 

The episode we suggest for first-timers is: “Episode #286: Accounting for Investments.”

Episode #286: Accounting for Investments

 In this podcast episode, some key points made by Steve Bragg, host of ABP (accounting best practices), are: 

  • Discuss how and when you account for investments, buy security, brokerage fees, and service fees. 
  • Discussing trading securities- when a business may have debt securities are acquired with the intent of selling them in the short term for a profit. 
  • Discussing held-to-maturity investment and available-for-sale. 

As mentioned before, each episode is jam-packed with information. This podcast is perfect for accountants and those interested in accounting—moving on to the next podcast. 

Accounting Today Podcast

Accounting Today talks with thought leaders and changemakers from across the public accounting profession. This podcast is an excellent podcast for those already in the accounting industry who want to hear the latest accounting news. Think of this podcast as a newsroom that centers on accounting. You can find this podcast on their website, iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. 

A great episode to listen to for first-time listeners is: “The impact of Coronavirus on firm valuations.” 

The impact on Coronavirus on firm valuations

This episode focuses on the Mergers and Acquisitions landscape and what the future will look like with the pandemic. Some key points mentioned in the episode are: 

  • CPA firms and their interest in mergers and acquisitions due to the loss of clients from the pandemic
  • When can we expect to meet face-to-face with clients? 
  • The difficulty of conducting business through meeting platforms, such as Zoom 
  • The future of CPA firms and the virus impact- depending on the effects of the virus, there will be a boom in M&A
  • 2021 to be the busiest year for M&A

AirSend helps accountants by providing a versatile digital workspace to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you.

When it comes to the best workspace collaboration tools, we need to take a step back and address what elements need to be considered a workspace collaboration tool. Gartner’s definition of workspace collaboration is something that incorporates a persistent conversation space where people can collaborate in teams, communities, or networks.

Ideally, a collaboration tool should offer a seamless stream of conversations, similar to a river, and a place where collaboration can happen simultaneously. Each stream of conversation should also have a channel to flow through.

It should also be a tool that allows you to work internally and externally simultaneously. By that, I mean talking with clients or future business partners (external), while also being able to converse with team members in another conversation space(internal).

Now that we have defined what a workspace collaboration tool is let’s talk about the tools out there that could be considered the best. Here’s a list of what we think are the best workspace collaboration tools of 2020: 

  1. AirSend
  2. Cisco
  3. Google
  4. Ring Central
  5. Slack
  6. MatterMost
  7. Microsoft Teams
  8. Symphony
  9. Unify
  10. Wire

Each of these tools will be reviewed through the lens of a workspace collaboration tool, along with other various factors, such as usability, convenience, blueprint and functionality, and solutions. Let’s begin with what we believe to be the number one workspace collaboration tool, AirSend. 

AirSend

AirSend is a new and simple communication tool that brings all of your productivity essentials in one workspace. To have a successful collaboration space, users need a convenient platform, simple design, and provides a solution to a problem. In this case, the problem is context switching.

Most collaborative/communicative tools believe that to have a successful contextual workspace, you need a significant amount of outside resources. In other words, the “solution” is to integrate with other tools to get the job done. But this is not a solution. Instead, it is a substitute for a solution. While integrating with other apps is undoubtedly great, efficiency is a lacking factor. 

We spend most of our time switching between multiple apps to get what we need. Our time is not being appropriately used for productivity. AirSend provides a solution to this. AirSend’s vision/mission is to build a contextual workspace that improves the quality of life, maintain productivity, and increase focus. 

We need a workspace collaboration tool where communication can happen seamlessly. But seamless communication is not all you need for a useful workspace collaboration tool. It would help if you also had the essentials, such as a place to track and manage tasks, file share and organization, and a place where you can keep important notes for later.

Of course, some tools carry these capabilities through the integration of other apps. The main difference between AirSend and other workspace collaboration tools is that AirSend introduces these capabilities through built-in functionality. In other words, users do not need third-party apps to get the job done. 

We believe that by introducing built-in functionality, users can maximize productivity and minimize context switching. Imagine a tool where 80-90% of the user’s focus is through one medium. That is what AirSend is. Through a simplistic and clean UI, AirSend delivers built-in capabilities of task management, file sharing, note management, and centralized conversation through channels.

Finally, the convenience with AirSend is that it is available everywhere. Through desktop and mobile, users can stay always stay connected. 

Cisco

Cisco Webex Teams combines cloud software with workspace collaboration. Also known as Saas software. Cisco Webex Teams is a safe and secure platform that integrates with other business tools to help with user workflow. One of the more renowned aspects of Cisco Webex is its hybrid solution. 

The product offers multiple solutions, mainly to team collaboration, cloud calling, and video conferencing. With the cloud calling system, users can make calls from any device and any location. Cisco Webex offers its very own calling architecture, which gives users an easy path to the cloud. 

With Cisco Webex Teams, users can message, meet, schedule, share files, call, and brainstorm ideas through a whiteboard.

Designed for a utility purpose, Cisco Webex positions itself as an ideal team collaboration tool. The product appeals to what most buyers look for: 

  • A centralized conversation space
  • Content and application interaction

While Cisco Webex seems to solve some solutions to team collaboration through built-in capability, they do not appear to solve all the challenges. One of which is native task management. Additionally, for setting up meetings and calendar dates, a third-party application is required. 

Cisco Webex Teams is a great software. It is an excellent alternative for those looking for team collaboration and outside integration. Users will find the product’s usability exciting with neat trinkets, such as built-in screen capture. However, the product is lacking in some elements. If we want to boost collaboration/productivity, shouldn’t communication tools focus on minimizing integration?

Having a conversation workspace results in high performing collaboration. But to get work done, platforms need tools (preferably native to the software/product) and a simple UI to help guide the conversation workspace. Having the essential tools and UI guide the flow of productive conversations also means guiding the flow of getting work done. 

Google

Google is another SaaS software designed to combine cloud software with team chat. Like Cisco Webex, Google Chat is another possible solution for team collaboration.

Google Chat integrates with GSuite, which allows users to access and share files, and use all the essentials GSuite offers, such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides. The idea behind the product is to provide a more accessible alternative to user workflow by providing all the essentials in one.

One thing to particularly note is that Google Suite is a cloud office suite. Cloud Office Suites broke into the team collaboration/chat sector with a solution. This solution was to result in work getting done faster and smarter. Of course, we all want a tool that can enable us to get the job done with convenience, and that is what Google set out to do. Google Suite provides convenient solutions of:

  • Streamlining communication through email and chat
  • Carry meetings through Google Meet
  • Store and share files with a cloud-based server
  • Increase collaboration with GSuite itself (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.). 

To add to the convenience of collaboration, GSuite also offers third-party integrations. 

However, GSuite is not perfect. According to various reviews found on Capterra, there is a common negative theme: UI/UX. Multiple reports state the GSuite’s UI is clunky and usually takes users through a rabbit hole of complexities and confusion. Because of the poor UI, users also say that communicating with others is difficult. The difficulty in communicating with team members poses a negative impact on productivity.

After all, to ensure productivity, a platform needs a space for centralized communication. Google Suite is a reliable strong team collaboration tool. With advanced capabilities, users can save time switching between various apps to get work done. The only downside to the product is the complexity of the UI design.

RingCentral

RingCentral is a communication platform designed to bring a unique communicative experience. The specialty behind RingCentral is its cloud phone system. The idea behind the platform is to reinvent the communication experience with a tool that does it all in one: Messaging, video calling, and audio calling.

Additionally, RingCentral takes their product one step further by incorporating teamwork solutions: task management, teams and direct messaging, integration of apps, and convenience. 

The platform is most known for its seamless and easy-to-reach communication via the cloud phone system. With RingCentral’s cloud phone system, users can check voicemails at a glance, set up local numbers, and flip calls to any device.

They are reinventing the communication experience with convenience, which results in a new form of communication—a form of communication where work can get done seamlessly. 

Though the platform focuses on effective communication, RingCentral oversimplifies its UI/UX design, making it more complicated. Users say that the overwhelming simplicity of the product leads to the confusion of many unnecessary features. In other words, there are too many non-essential features in the product. The product looks cluttered with too many openly available features. 

RingCentral’s unique solution, unified cloud communication, pushes the conventional thought, and propels the communication medium’s new standard. By also adding team collaboration to the product, RingCentral is an excellent solution for both small and large businesses. However, with an oversimplified appearance, the product’s complexity could result in a lack of productivity. 

Slack

Slack is a team communication tool designed to replace email. The platform functions through the integration of other apps. Slack wants to minimize and replace the time we spend buried in our emails. The solution to the problem is presenting all the information we need in one place: a channel. 

Through channels, users can absorb the information they need quickly and efficiently. Additionally, with the concept of channel organization, users minimize time spent browsing through their conversation history. Image a platform that has separate channels for everything: 

  • Announcement Channel
  • Social Media Channel
  • Marketing Channel
  • Threads

Users can make a plethora of channels they need. Efficient teamwork/collaboration succeeds through the incorporation of channel organizations. Having channels is excellent for organized communication, but it is not what propelled Slack to its repertoire today.

Integrations

There is a reason why Slack is called “The King of Integrations,” and that’s because it is the king of integrations. Slack offers over 500+ integrations. From Google Drive to Asana, Slack’s vision is to enable workflow with everything in one space. 

The concept of the product is impressive. Imagine a tool where you can quickly absorb information in a matter of minutes, while also tracking tasks and storing files through a third-party application.

That is what Slack is: a team collaboration tool powered by integrating with other third-party applications. The functionality of the product sounds simple, but when testing the product, there are some complexities. 

One of the more significant challenges to the product is that Slack is a communication tool. To use Slack, users need to sign up for many of the third-party applications that Slack offers. Some of these applications are also not free, which means putting more money toward external products.

The second biggest challenge is that Slack is not ideal for multiple clients. For example, let’s say you are a business that is sustained by client relationships. If you were to choose Slack as your ideal communication medium, you would need to have multiple Slack accounts to have a client-to-client relationship. 

Having the capability of making public and private channels, sharing files within channels, and having bots to help guide productivity is excellent. However, Slack lacks built-in capabilities. Instead, their concept of organizational readiness focuses on third-party apps.

Integrations are not terrible, but it is also not as efficient as we would like it to be. The reason is that we are not minimizing the context switching. We are still spending an enormous amount of time switching between various apps.

MatterMost

Mattermost is an open-source enterprise team communication platform that provides organizations with messaging and file-sharing tools for web, PCS, and mobiles. The company enters the team chat market industry as the first of its kind at the enterprise level: an open-source encrypted chat platform. 

The problem most enterprise-level team chats face is the lack of security and privacy. Especially when developers send information-sensitive data through third-party apps. MatterMost provides the solution for DevOps and remote work:

  • The Cloud: deployable to both public and private clouds
  • Integrations and plugins
  • Atlassian
  • Encryption + Selh Hosting messaging
  • Security

MatterMost has the potential to further grow into a more robust and secure tool. Being open-source, DevOps and users can customize the product to whatever best fits their needs.

In four years, the platform has accomplished many of the common issues team communications faces. However, the product is not finished. There are still many upcoming features, such as call and audio (currently in beta). In the future, users can expect the product to be equal with the other highly ranked team communication tools. 

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a cloud-based solution designed for business communications to help teams manage chat, meet, file sharing, and team discussion. User workflow is also improved tremendously with the addition of Office 365. Boiled down, Microsoft Teams is three items: 

  • The Cloud (One Drive)
  • Office 365
  • Communication (teams and outlook)

Similar to GSuite, Microsoft Teams mission is to enable work getting done faster and smarter. However, like most tools that strive to solve all of the team collaboration challenges with a “simplified” solution, they lack a particular element; and that is designing a simple product.

Microsoft Teams follows this theme by also delivering a sophisticated tool. According to reviews on Capterra, most users agree that the UI to Teams is not well made, making the product’s usability challenging to use.

Additionally, according to a survey we made several weeks ago, users who used Microsoft Teams mention that the integration is not the best it could be. Especially with project management tools. 

Microsoft Teams has the right idea of combining One Drive with team productivity applications. It is a great way to change how employees work. But with a poorly made UI, changing how people work to be more efficient will be difficult. 

Symphony

Symphony is a team collaboration tool made for the finance industry. One thing to note is that platforms designed to solve a specific problem or market to a particular audience, like Symphony, offer specific solutions. With Symphony, they are data encryption, compliance, and certifications. Symphony also offers various features: 

  • Bots and apps
  • Automated trade flows
  • Collaboration capabilities: messaging, file share, and conferencing

Lately, workspace collaboration tools that adhere to both internal and external usage gain traction to industries that involve finance, consultative advice, contracting, etc. Majority of the workspace collaboration tools we see now attract internal workflow.

But, few team chats have focused on the concept of business-to-client communication (external). Symphony is one of the few workspace collaboration tools that tackle the external business-to-client conversation. 

Symphony drives productivity with a kanban-like design, so users can place what’s most important first. Finally, the product is a great tool to have secure conversations with clients and enterprises. 

Unify

Unify is the Atos brand for communications and collaboration. Unify’s product is Circuit. Circuit (Unify) enables organizations of all sizes to transform the way they collaborate, creating a more connected and productive workforce. This solution would result in improved team performance and business efficiency. 

Unify is also available through web and mobile collaboration. The platform features: 

  • Unified Communication 
  • Voice Messaging
  • Voice Conferencing
  • OpenScape Cloud/Business

One of the more desirable concepts to Unify is its ability to deliver more productivity with less complexity. The way the platform provides this solution is with the OpenScare Business. With its hybrid communication to its deployable cloud services. Like Cisco Webex and RingCentral, Unify also has its very own product line.

Similar to RingCentral, Unify presents a new kind of collaboration that focuses on communication. However, the product lacks some collaboration tools that could better help streamline communication. Some of the tools Unify is lacking in is task/project management and calendar management.

Unify is an extension of team/social collaboration. The addition of the OpenScape Cloud and hybrid communication is a nice touch. But again, with a focus on communication, some elements of collaboration are lacking. 

Wire

Wire is a modern-day collaboration tool that meets advanced security and user experience. Similar to Symphony, Wire focuses on business-to-client and team-to-team communication.

What’s particularly worth mentioning is that Wire offers guest room access making it easy for client interaction to happen. 

Wire features: 

  • Personal and group chats
  • Conference Calls
  • Screen/file sharing
  • Availability status
  • Mentions 
  • Integrations

Wire allows you to securely add Calendars, Financial information, Development progress, Corporate News, or CRM information to conversations. With the focus and solution on security, users can send encrypted messages without fearing a breach.

Additionally, the simplistic UI design of the product makes it easy to use. Some reasons to consider Wire would be: 

  • Security/encryption
  • Guest Room functionality 
  • Integration

What do people look for in workspace collaboration tools?

Several weeks ago, we had surveyed what people looked for in team chat apps. The results were surprising. Below is a chart of what people look for in the current team chat industry. 

To find out more about the survey, click here

Summation

When looking for a workspace collaboration tool there are three common core capabilities that you need to consider: 

  • Integration/ built-in functionality
  • Security and compliance 
  • UX/UI
  • File sharing

These three capabilities are the makeup for workspace collaboration. With a common problem comes a unique solution, and a unique solution emerges a new form of thinking.

Each tool listed today provides its unique solution to a common problem that we face in the team chat industry. There needs to be a channel organization or space where centralized conversation can happen to encourage seamless workflow. Secondly, there needs to be some sort of easy access to integrations or built-in collaboration tools. Finally, there needs to be a tool that has a simplistic design. 

AirSend’s Mission

If we want to change the way people work, we need to address what is preventing us from being productive? We believe that one of the issues that prevent productivity is having too much context switching.

One-to-three hours of our day is wasted everyday switching between apps to get work done. The introduction of more built-in functionality would solve this problem. 

We use AirSend as our digital workspace for our marketing team. Even though AirSend is our product, we sincerely believe that AirSend can help your organization, too. Give us a try and let us know what you think!

AirSend is a versatile digital workspace to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you.

We are back with another blog post on Discord vs. AirSend Design Edition. We recently wrote about Discord vs. AirSend Community Edition, which you can read about by clicking here. In this blog post, we are going to get a little bit technical on UI and UX capability on both community platforms. After all, when choosing the ideal chat/group software, two of the most important decision factors are UI and UX. 

Without further ado, let’s talk Discord vs. AirSend: Design Edition.

UI Design

UI is the design and visual appeal of a product, basically the user interface. Additionally, UI is used for branding, planning/creating product layouts (wireframes), typography, and visual design. You know when people say, “appearance is everything,” or “first impressions are the most important”? Well, it’s true. When deciding on a product to use, the first thing we notice is visual design. What and where are the layouts, the color chosen, the font, size, and color of texts, and even graphics.

More often than not, when a product does not catch our eye, we are less inclined to use it. Now that we have given an idea of what UI design is like, let’s take a look at Discord and AirSend.

Discord

Based on the first appearance, we can see that Discord’s UI is incredibly busy looking. On the right-hand panel, you can see a list of the members, moderators, patrons, and creators of the server, all in different colors.

Alternatively, on the far left side of the panel, there is a list of servers. Next to the panel of servers is another panel; which are the customized channels created for the specified server. There are also voice channels. In the middle is the conversation space. 

The great thing about Discord’s UI is that it is organized. However, having the layout super organized, leaves the product to feel and look a bit overwhelming to some users.

Additionally, servers that have a lot of channels with an amazing amount of notifications to them can appear exhausting to look at or even exhausting to check.

Finally, with servers that have over 200+ members, the conversation medium can appear daunting. This is especially true when you have multiple people chatting simultaneously on several channels. 

AirSend

With AirSend’s UI design, users can immediately see that it is a cleaner look. There is not so much clutter compared to Discord. Instead of showing members on the right-side panel like Discord, AirSend has built-in functions. These functions are Actions, Files, and Wiki. We will explain those features in the UX section of this blog. On the left side panel, are channels. In the center is the conversation space.

Remember that the basic layout of Discord is the server, channels, and conversation space. AirSend eliminates the complexity that Discord presents by creating a simplistic layout. Instead of having three steps to getting to the conversation space, AirSend has two. Channel to conversation space. Having a simplistic UI allows for increased focus. 

Think about it. With AirSend, users can easily shift their focus from one context to another. The context representing the channels. With Discord, most users have a harder time focusing because for one the UI is busy, and secondly, it takes quite a few clicks to get to the designated conversation space. 

While both platforms are arguably designed for productivity, it all really comes down to what design you look for that can guarantee maximized productivity. Let’s get into usability.

UX Capabilities

UX short for user experience is a person’s emotions and attitudes about using a particular product or service. A person’s emotions and attitudes are influenced by the functionalities and capabilities of a product or service. Hence a cycle of user experience. It is also important to note that there are some attributes that make UX a success. Those are:

  • Valuable
  • Usable
  • Useful
  • Findable
  • Credible
  • Desirable
  • Accessible 

Usually having a product that carries these attributes are what defines a product successful. Let’s get into the comparison

Discord

Let’s get to the bottom line of Discord’s UX.  With Discord, you can, 

  • Pin messages
  • Hide members list
  • Tagging 
  • Mute notifications
  • Create invites if the creator of the server gave permission
  • Assign roles to everyone in the channel 
  • Create bots

In summation, Discord has a lot of capabilities and functions. Discord is ideally targeted to the gaming community, so having a complex design with access to code, create bots, assign roles, etc, is really helpful. But sometimes not all features are findable. I use Discord quite often, and until recently, I had no idea you could organize your servers with other servers.

As far as the desirable aspect, there are some things I personally still desire. Like, read receipts. Discord has no read receipts, so you don’t know when a community member, or a coworker, reads your message. Discord is definitely useful to a certain extent. The gaming extent. As far as usability, Discord can appear overwhelming at times, and still finding out new features after three years of using the software can be surprising. 

AirSend

So the golden egg with AirSend is that everything is located in one space. AirSend lets you seamlessly switch between channels, with a ready mind to focus. You can assign tasks to anyone who is in the channel, easily switch to organizing files, and working with others to creating a collaborative shared workspace.

There is also a public link feature for creating intimate groups of shared interests. Finally, there are customizable features to AirSend, such as uploading a channel background (great for branding) and uploading a channel logo. 

Results

AirSend and Discord are both wonderful products. AirSend exceeds Discord in terms of productivity. Discord exceeds AirSend in terms of community.

But, the bottom line is that UI and UX go hand-in-hand. Yes, there are specific attributes that make UI and UX  succeed in their own way, but without having the other element, it will become difficult for the product to succeed. 

One of our goals with AirSend is to deliver the ideal team chat tool. A tool that can be used to communicate with team members as well as outside clients. That being said, we know we still have plenty of work left to do. To further develop an excellent product, it requires feedback. Our solution: a team chats app survey. What better way to develop a product than by the voice of the people? 

We thought that by creating a survey on team chat apps, we would hear the most honest feedback of what people look for in a team chat app. We received some very fascinating feedback, and we want to share them with you. Please note that this survey does not pertain to AirSend or the company in any manner.  Additionally, we think it will be more exciting if we release the results to each question every week. Without further ado, let’s dive in with a bang and show the most impressive results.

Question Two: What do you look for in a Team Chat App?

Capture from Survey

As you can see from the results having a team chat app that is easy-to-use with a 58.33% vote takes the lead. After that comes, 

  • Collaboration/All the Above: 54.17%
  • Organization: 41.67%
  • Security: 37.50%
  • Design: 33.33%
  • Customization: 29.17%
  • Community: 20.83%

Hypothesis

Based on the results listed above, it can easily be concluded that the vast majority look for an easy-to-use team chat. From the graph above, we can speculate that most people look for a team chat app that is clutter-free, with the right amount of UI. Having this outlook will help users get work done faster. In essence, team chats that people love to use should also be easy-to-use.

As I’m sure you are already aware, we preach that AirSend is a simple and easy-to-use communication platform. So, seeing these results made us thrilled. As previously mentioned in other blog posts, we want to create a versatile uncomplicated team chat tool. A tool that doesn’t require over 500+ integrations, multiple accounts, and confusing UI’s and UX. 

We believe that with AirSend’s clean and simplistic UI design, the usability of the product will be effortless. We offer all the built-in tools required to help get work done faster, such as task management, a shared workspace (a.k.a.the wiki), and premium file storage. 

Did you know that we are offering AirSend Pro free for one year if you sign up before May 15?

Finally, we want to conclude that we use AirSend for our marketing teams. Even though AirSend is our product, we sincerely believe that AirSend can help your organization, too. Give us a try and let us know what you think!

AirSend is a versatile digital workspace to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you.

Welcome back to our blog! In today’s blog post, we are going to do something a little different. We are going to list the top seven best team chat apps for Android. The ability to work from any device and any location is the new trendsetter in the work industry. This leads to efficiency and increased productivity. With that being said it is essential to have a team chat app that can work across computers, smartphones, tablets, and any other smart device out there. Here are our top seven team chat apps for Android: 

  1. AirSend
  2. Flock
  3. Slack
  4. WhatsApp
  5. Hangouts
  6. Telegram
  7. Teamwork Chat

Without further ado let’s dive into the seven best team chat apps for Android. 

AirSend

It is our blog post after all. And it would be weird if we didn’t believe AirSend was the ideal team chat app for all platforms. AirSend is an all-in-one do-it-all team chat platform that carries built-in file integration, built-in task management, and a built-in “about” section. AirSend also carries a clean and sleek UI design to enable easier usability. 

Further, unlike most other team chats, we have all your channels located in one place! No more signing in and singing out of extra accounts. Now you can easily switch between conversations with just a click of a button. Finally, at the top of a channel is your built-in tools bar for easy access and visibility to take care of all your business needs. Assign and complete tasks, copy and move files, edit your wiki, and manage your close-knit groups! The downside to AirSend is that we currently lack audio and video calls.

Summation: AirSend is an easy, simple-to-use app that lets you have a seamless conversation with minimum context switching. With built-in tools and minimized integrations, users can now get work done all with a click of a button. 

Flock

Created back in 2014, Flock is designed to make communication and collaboration effortless. Flock’s android app carries

  • In-app video conferencing
  • Google integration
  • Notes
  • Mailing list to all flock channels and team members
  • Bots- which are created as separate channels
  • Flock Assistant

And many more. We would be here all day if we listed all the features Flock has to offer. Flock’s users ID’s are also tied to a unique URL made for each user. A downside to the app is that unlike with AirSend, Flock doesn’t have a place for task descriptions. This can be a bit difficult if team members have multiple tasks and no context to go off of. Further, all features listed above are located on the top right corner of the screen, and from there takes you to another area of the app. As a new user, I found it a little confusing to maneuver through, as I wasn’t sure where each feature was taking me, and how to exactly get back to the channel I had made.

There is also the choice to make a private and/or public channel, however, there are no given directions on which channel is public and which channel is private. Additionally, while looking at your tasks for one channel, you also have the option to look at tasks for your other channels, which as a design choice, can seem overwhelming. Finally, Flock allows you to create multiple teams with either the same email account you signed up with or a new account. 

Summation: Flock is a neat team chat tool that carries a bunch of features. However, with poor UI/UX design the app is hard to work with. Having a difficult app also makes it hard to communicate with others. Especially when communicating through different teams.

Slack

In Slack’s android app, the maneuverability is not that complex compared to the website. On the left side-bar panel, you have your threads, channels, and direct messages. However, as the same on their website, the app requires one sign-in per workspace. Each time you try to create or join a workspace from the app, Slack sends an email verification. This can be a bit frustrating when trying to talk with other clients and/or teams.

Further, more often than not the signal-to-noise communication is extremely low. What this means is that your channel is continuously blowing up with what is most likely not important information. Finally, with the Slack app for android, there are no read receipts. 

Summation: Slack is a great team chat tool if you only have one team. They offer channel organization and integrations which makes the app a little difficult to get through, but it is much easier compared to the website.

WhatsApp

Mainly used for casual conversation, this end-to-end encryption app is known to be a solution for team communication. Similar to Telegram, the premise is to have conversations. However, unlike Telegram, WhatsApp has more to offer. The app offers

  • Backup from Google drive
  • Can make phone calls
  • Can take pictures and record audio from the app
  • End-to-end encryption
  • Can do audio and video calls
  • Can set wallpapers
  • Export chat
  • Manage notifications
  • 24-hour stories

One of the major downsides to WhatsApp is that all media and pictures shared in the channels are automatically downloaded to the native galleries. As a personal user, it is difficult to try and stop this feature, and it becomes increasingly annoying. Finally, there is no task-management, which can be increasingly hard when you have multiple tasks. 

Summation: You should use WhatsApp if you do not mind seeing other people’s pictures and media in your galleries, like having conversations, video, and audio calls in a minimal design, and are able to keep track of tasks through another medium. 

Hangouts

Since Hangouts is a google app, it requires google sign-in. The neat thing about the Hangouts app is that you can seamlessly switch between email accounts. Similar when accessing your Gmail through your android. There are also features of a video call and status updates. However, the UI is lacking, and there doesn’t appear to be any direct access to GSuite from the app. This can most likely throw a wrench in someone’s productivity.

Summation: Hangouts chat is a great app if you carry the majority of your business through GSuite and Gmail. However, there is no direct access from the app to GSuite, so getting work done via google docs, sheets, etc, will require another device.

Telegram

Telegram is the same premise as WhatsApp, but with fewer features that help get work done. The app also allows you to have private and public chats. In public chats, you can have up to 200,000 members and assign admins with different rights. They also have a similar UI design to WhatsApp. Finally, with all the features they mention on their website, it didn’t seem apparent through the app. However, compared to WhatsApp, the app seems to run smoother when hosting large groups. 

Summation: Telegram is a useful tool if you have a medium-size company. The app is also a good choice if you are looking for an alternative to WhatsApp.  The app does not carry a built-in task manager or a smooth way to share files.

Teamwork Chat

Aside from AirSend, Teamwork Chat is the next best app for UI design. The app features SSO and Gmail Sign in. However, you first need to make an account online before even signing into the app. Teamwork Chat is more of a project-management website. That being said, on the website, team communication is not as important as project management. Though the UI is impressive on their website, the mobile UI, thankfully, is not as overwhelming. The app features: 

  • Chat channels
  • Direct conversation
  • File sharing
  • Integrations with Teamwork Projects

Through first time usage, it seems that the app is mainly for chats and nothing else. If there are project management tools built into the app, it wasn’t apparent. That being said being able to work from Teamwork Chat, may not be a viable option

Summation: You should use the app if you already have an account with them and carry the majority of your work online. The app is also useful if you just need an app to chat with your team. 

Results

There are many team chat apps out there for Android. However, we feel that AirSend is the best option. Three reasons why: 

  • Built-in task management- makes work getting done easier
  • Move, copy, and share files with built-in file storage- no more downloading files to your phone
  • Built-in Wiki- have everyone in your team stay up-to-date with upcoming projects, meetings, and more.

We use AirSend as our digital workspace for our marketing team. Even though AirSend is our product, we sincerely believe that AirSend can help your team too. Give us a try and let us know what you think!

AirSend is a versatile digital workspace to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you.

Discord or AirSend? Which platform do you choose to make or join the ideal community? We are here to tell you. In this blog post, we are gonna give you a break down of what we think communities need, and which platform is best suited for these needs. Our breakdown method is going to cover five essentials that make a community great.

  1. Connectivity
  2. Community Size
  3. UI Design
  4. UX
  5. Capabilities/Features

Before we dive in, we do want to say, we love Discord. Aside from it being free, Discord offers quite a bit for team chats and community building. We also believe AirSend has the potential to one day reach the repertoire of Discord. To see how Discord fares as a team chat, click here. With all that being said, both platforms are going to be judged and analyzed solely on these five essentials and nothing more. Without further ado, let’s dive into the community battlefield: Discord vs. AirSend. 

Deep Connection

The attribute of a strong community is to have deeper connections among conversations. When it comes to Discord and AirSend, one needs to ask which platform would be best for building connections with members? Which platform can you gain and receive the most connections with? 

Discord is known for its already preexisting groups. Due to the high amount of existing groups on Discord, some users may not find the platform a viable choice for creating communities. Especially, if there is already a community out there. Most of Discord’s communities also have well over 500 members. Due to the high volume of members, some who are looking to connect with others may find Discord a bit difficult to use.

Alternatively, AirSend’s latest feature of public channels allows for deep connections to be made. Discord is a great product for joining communities. However, by choosing Discord, you may also have to sacrifice some attributes, such as building genuine connections with others.

Finally, in terms of deep connections, we feel that we must also mention invite links. The question is, which platform is easiest to invite members?? The answer is both! Both Discord and AirSend communities have instant invite links. Next on our agenda is community size.

Community

As previously mentioned, Discord is known for having large communities. Part of the reason Discord has large communities is because the platform is originally marketed towards gamers. There are a ton of gamers out there, so it would make sense that Discord’s communities are naturally large. We will mention later why building small communities with Discord is a bit hard. For now, let’s continue talking about community size.

AirSend is a great platform for small and medium-sized communities. However, whenever it comes to community size, you have to ask yourself how genuine do you want your connections to be? Both platforms offer the ideal connection and community size. But remember, the larger the community, the harder it will be to maintain a real connection. This is often because of the signal-to-noise ratio which decreases as the community size increases. What this means is that users will often feel like they are being spammed with messages.

UI Design

Ask yourself this question, what platform do you envision your fellow members using the most? Which platform will be the most aesthetically pleasing? The comparison is simple. With Discord, you have a similar design to Slack. The view looks busy with a bunch of colors, messages, channels, gifs, memes; Basically, everything you could imagine in a text chat, all visually appear on the screen at the same time.

AirSend’s UI

Lastly, the way Discord is laid out, each room requires a channel made. For instance, you make a server, and in that server is a channel for announcements, a channel for rules, a channel for what the community interest is, a channel for sources, etc. This is nice if you really like well-organized channels, but this also takes time away connecting with others because you will be continuously switching from channel-to-channel.

Discord’s UI

Alternatively, AirSend has a clean UI design which makes the usability extremely easy to use. Both platforms are visually appealing in their own way. It is all a matter of choosing which design suits your community more.

UX- Usability

Now, even though both platforms have their respective aesthetic look, when it comes to choosing the right tool to host your community, usability needs to be accounted for. Discord is one of those platforms where if you aren’t tech-savvy, you won’t be using the platform to its maximum potential.

Further, Discord is one of those tools that require time spent to learn the product, such as integrating bots, using mark-up and markdown language, HTML, permissions for members and moderators, and many more. There is an overwhelming amount of features to Discord that can appear intimidating. Especially if users aren’t tech-savvy.

AirSend’s usability is much easier in comparison. Though we do not currently have all the customization that Discord has, we do like to think we have easier usability. With clear instructions to guide you in making your private and/or public channel, you do not have to spend time researching and learning how to use the product.

Further, unlike discord, we offer built-in file storage, task management, and a built-in “about-section” all in one area. This eliminates the use of extra channels and makes communication flow easier. With task-management you and your members can remind each other of meetings, assign tasks to complete (like finishing a book for a book club), and best of all, with our task management, everyone stays in the loop. 

Capabilities/Features

We have finally reached the end of our blog post. So far, we have covered the four essentials of running a community. Those are, 

  1. Connectivity
  2. Community
  3. UI Design
  4. UX

Our last topic of discussion is the capabilities and features of the tools. Boiled down each tool offers extensive features and capabilities. Arguably, Discord may have more to offer in terms of features, such as integrations, bots, custom emojis, moderators, and many more.

However, with AirSend, we believe that while having a lot of features is great for a community, connecting should be the priority. With the poor signal-to-noise ratio happening in Discord, users will have a hard time building discussion, relationships, and interests.

Last but not least, when it really comes down to choosing the platform for your community, make sure it is a platform you and your members enjoy using and can build memories upon.  

AirSend is a versatile digital workspace that helps communities to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you.

Recently, there has been an emphasis on alternatives to Microsoft Teams for team communication. The reason is that team chats, like Microsoft Teams, often forget that simplicity is the key to productivity. 

Microsoft Teams major selling point is that it works with Office 365. It only makes sense that if you rely on most of your work through Office 365, that you would also use Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams UI design is similar to Slack, so those transitioning will find it easy-to-use. Though Microsoft Teams carries the team’s chats, meetings, files, and other apps in one place, some users find it difficult to use. Finally, Microsoft Teams daunting prices are questionable to the product’s worth. Does having to pay more money than what you are receiving worth it? 

We realized that Microsoft Teams is not for everyone. We realized that there is a market for team chats that are more affordable, simple, easy-to-use, and versatile. That is why we made AirSend. 

AirSend is a perfect team chat app that not only allows you to have seamless conversations, but also to share/organize files, track your tasks, and keep notes. 

Though we like to think we are the best, we also take the time to acknowledge our competitors who also deliver. Here is a list of our seven best alternatives to Microsoft Teams

  1. AirSend
  2. Discord
  3. Slack
  4. Riot.im
  5. Hangouts
  6. Wire
  7. MatterMost

In this blog post, we will discuss specific features and functions, pricing tiers, and the pros and cons of each platform. Without further ado, let’s dive into the seven best alternatives to Microsoft

AirSend

It would be weird if we didn’t believe our product was the number one alternative to Microsoft Teams. AirSend is the prime product dedicated to seamless conversation and collaboration. AirSend features ideal collaboration tools, such as task-management, premium built-in file storage, and personalized notebooks made for each channel. 

Most importantly, AirSend’s productivity train is continuously chugging, which means that we are constantly delivering new updates and features. New updates and features mean new ways for efficient communication and collaboration. 

Pricing

If you sign up before May 15th, you can get AirSend Pro free for one year! In the picture below are the features that come with AirSend Pro.

To see what each plan’s specific features and functions are, click here to view our pricing page. 

Pros to AirSend

As said before, AirSend’s biggest positives are seamless conversation and built-in collaboration tools. But, AirSend doesn’t stop there. The biggest alternative to Microsoft Teams, aside from our clean and simplistic design, is that we offer Office 365 integration. This means, that you can still rely on Office 365 to get your work done, but now with easier and faster communication. To see what we mean by this, read our blog post

Finally, we offer more storage and sufficiently better pricing. 

Cons to AirSend

While we offer all the tools necessary to help have a seamless conversation, we also do not currently offer audio or video calls.

However, our built-in wiki tool is a great place to paste your Zoom meeting link for easy in-app audio and video conferencing.

Discord

Discord is a great alternative to Microsoft Teams. While the product is originally meant for gamers, they offer a lot of features for a free communication tool, such as an all-in-one voice and audio chat. They also offer channel organization, only placed in a more complex UI design. 

Pricing

Another benefit is that the product is free.

There is also a Discord Nitro in which you get more customizations than you would with the free version.

Customizations can range from animated emojis, and creating a unique tag for your profile. Annually, Discord Nitro is $99.99. Monthly it is $9.99.

Finally, there is Discord Nitro Classic, which has everything the Nitro plan has, except for a Server Boost. Annually it is $49.99, and monthly it is $4.99. 

Pros to Discord

Unlike Microsoft Teams, Discord has amazing channel organization. Additionally, like AirSend, Discord offers a built-in community. While having seamless communication, you can also be a part of the community you love. 

Cons to Discord

As said before, the product is originally meant for gamers. That being said, the product lacks task management. They also do not have a clean and simple design. Because of this, some users can find Discord a bit overwhelming to use. 

Slack

Slack is known as the king of integrations. That being said, Slack’s main functionality is to get work done through third-party integrations. 

Pricing

Here is an image of Slack’s current pricing. Some key things to note is that with the free plan, there is a limit to integrations and search history. 

Pros to Slack

Slack is originally known as a communication tool. The product also offers channel organization, threads, private and public channels, and built-in voice and audio calls. 

Cons to Slack

The biggest con to Slack is its overwhelming UI design and multiple tabs. Slack also requires you to create an account for each team you join. This can become troublesome when trying to manage your day-to-day tasks.

Finally, in order to get work done, Slack users mostly rely on third-party integrations, which also requires separate accounts. If you are looking for a team chat tool that has built-in features to help with workflow productivity and minimizes account sign-ups, Slack may not be ideal. 

Riot.im

The selling point for Riot.im is that they are an open-source, interoperable collaboration app. Don’t panic! There is nothing complicated about this. Matter of fact,  this just means that Riot.im has the capability to build bridges with users who use other team chat apps. They are currently running on Web, iOS, and Android. 

Pricing

Riot.im is currently free, with future plans to have paid, hosted accounts.

Pros to Riot.im

The major pro is that Riot.im can connect to other chat teams, such as Slack, Gitter.im, IRC, Twitter, and SMS. The other positive is that Riot.im gives you the option to host your own open-source servers.

Cons to Riot.im

Riot.im lacks other tools needed to make a successful team chat software. While the feature of building bridges to other team chat software is certainly a game-changer, Riot.im lacks the ability to have integrated task management and built-in notes. Though it is much easier to use compared to Microsoft Teams, Teams offers more features to get work done. 

Hangouts Chat

Hangouts Chat is the same concept as Microsoft Teams, except it is owned by Google. The perk and perhaps the biggest selling point is the G Suite integrations. 

Pricing

Because Hangouts Chat and Meet are integrated with GSuite, you have to pay for the GSuite Plans.

The basic plan is $6 monthly, per user, with the main limitation of 30 GB to your Google Drive.

The next plan is Business, which is $12 monthly, per user and an unlimited Google Drive Space.

Finally, there is the Enterprise plan, which is $25 monthly, per user.

Pros to Hangouts Chat

Hangouts Chat is a good alternative to Microsoft Teams in that they offer better pricing. Essentially if you want a team chat app that is integrated with the tools you work with, like G Suite, and for a significantly better price, Hangouts Chat is the choice. 

Cons to Hangouts Chat

One of the common issues seen with Hangouts Chat is that several users fear that Google will shut down integrations that are often used.

Finally, Hangouts Chat does not support built-in audio and video calls. Rather, you must have a separate app, Hangouts Meet. If you are looking for a team chat tool that carries built-in audio and video call, Microsoft Teams would be the better choice. 

Wire

Wire is a modern-day collaboration tool that meets advanced security and user experience.

Pricing

Wire carries three price plans: Wire Pro: 4 Euro, Wire Enterprise: 8 Euro, and Wire Enterprise Technology. To see their features, click here.

Pros to Wire

Wire carries all things needed for collaboration. They carry personal and group chats, conference calls, screen and file sharing, availability status, mentions, and message reactions. Best of all, Wire has a guest room feature, in which you can talk with clients or even conduct job interviews.

Cons to Wire

One of the downsides to Wire is that they do not carry built-in task management. They also lack project management tools. Having a lack of these tools may make it hard for teams to collaborate and get work done. 

MatterMost

MatterMost is a wonderful communication tool to have that is specifically designed for having a  private cloud and an opened-sourced channel.

Like Microsoft Teams, MatterMost targets large enterprises. However, unlike Microsoft Teams, MatterMost implements self-hosting capabilities. With self-hosting capabilities, users can have greater control over privacy and security. 

Pricing

Luckily, before fully committing to MatterMost, there is a 30-day free trial. With the E10 edition (basic) and a minimum of 10 users, the price is $39 per user. Annually making it $390.

There is also an E20 edition, which is an advanced enterprise edition that roughly charges $8.50 monthly.

Because the E20 edition is made for larger corporations, you must get a quote from MatterMost before continuing to pay. To see what each plan offers, click here.

Pros to MatterMost

Though MatterMost is priced on the higher end, MatterMost offers premium control over privacy and security. They also offer over 600 integrations 

Additionally, you can run the messaging platform behind your organization’s firewall.

The way we see it, MatterMost is great if your organization is large enough to have or require self-hosted team messaging.

Cons to MatterMost

With MatterMost’s almost overwhelming design, the UX becomes difficult to maneuver. After researching some alternatives MatterMost had to these cons, we believe that aside from AirSend’s built-in wiki capability, Microsoft Teams would be the better choice.

Result

As said before Microsoft Teams is good to use if you rely on Office 365 for your daily needs. But, there are other team chat apps that offer 365 integration, without the Teams. Still get work done relying on Office 365, but get work done efficiently with a better-designed communication app. 

We use AirSend as our digital workspace for our marketing team. Even though AirSend is our product, we sincerely believe that AirSend can help your team too. Give us a try and let us know what you think!

AirSend is a versatile digital workspace to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you.

Often times, Accountants need a reliable communication platform. They also need a platform in which they can effectively get work done, such as task management, notes, and most of all, top-notch file organization. It can be pretty difficult to have various platforms to manage all your work. That is why we made AirSend.

AirSend is designed to help get the work done all from one place. We offer seamless conversation through a clean and clear easy-to-follow design. Further, we offer built-in task management, built-in file storage, and a ready-made note section. One of our latest features, which is extremely helpful to those who have clients, is our Microsoft integration.

With our latest integration, you can now manage all your tax statements, bookkeeping records, forms, and more all with a click of a button. Having this integration eases the extra time of downloading and uploading the same files- only edited.

Another neat feature to have when creating your client portals are channel templates. Essentially, copy the channel template, which carries all your standardized forms for new clients, into your newly created channel. No more digging through files to finding the right forms.

We also carry a powerful search system in which you can find everything with ease. A huge stress reliever. Finally, the coolest feature of them all is our new feature, public channels. For more information on how to make a communication client portal with AirSend, we have attached a video.

The best part of all, we aren’t stopping with what we currently have. We are continuously unleashing new updates to help with maximum productivity.

AirSend helps accountants and professionals create a versatile digital workspace to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you.

The phrase “team chat ” has become synonymous with the phrase “team collaboration.” As new communication tools are being developed, so are collaboration features. As we know it, 2020 is the year where team chats are breaking boundaries.

Many companies are developing the “do-it-all” chat software. Ideally, the “do-it-all” chat software should combine collaboration features that allow work to be done with minimal effort. In other words, have all the business essentials in one place. That way you minimize the extra tabs and workspace. 

In this blog post, we are going to share our list of groundbreaking team chat tools of 2020. Each tool’s description will have the features and functions, pricing, and the pros and cons to them. Without further ado, let’s dive into the 25 best team chat tools of 2020.

AirSend

Capture of AirSend’s homepage

It would be weird if we didn’t believe AirSend was the lead groundbreaking tool for team chat and collaboration. One of the great features with AirSend is that it carries the ideal collaboration tools needed to get work done. Tools, such as task-management, premium built-in file storage, and personalized notebooks made for each channel. 

Most importantly, AirSend’s productivity train is continuously chugging, which means that we are constantly delivering new updates and features. New updates and features mean new ways for efficient communication and collaboration. 

Pricing

If you sign up now, you can get AirSend Pro free for one year! In the picture below are the features that come with AirSend Pro.

Image of AirSend’s Pricing

Pros to AirSend

Compared to other team chat tools in which both parties need an account, AirSend only needs one person to sign up to have a conversation. This feature is called email-to-channel. To learn more about this feature, read our blog post. Rather than switching between many communication tools, you can now keep all your conversations from one place. 

Cons to AirSend

While we offer all the tools necessary to help have a seamless conversation, we also do not currently offer audio or video calls.

However, with our built-in wiki tool, which can be used as a place to keep notes, you can paste your Zoom meeting link for easy in-app audio and video conferencing.

Chanty

Chanty is a simple AI-powered tool with an easy-to-use interface. One of the big selling points to Chanty is that they keep a balance between features and usability, hence the simple and easy-to-use design. They also come with built-in task management and unlimited messages.

Pricing

Chanty is free! They also carry a Business plan which runs about $3 user/month. The only difference between the free and business plan is that business carries audio and video calls. 

Pros to Chanty

Like AirSend, Chanty is constantly developing. As of right now, they are in the process of developing audio and video calls. Additionally, collaboration with Chanty is endless.

Cons to Chanty

While Chanty is a great team chat and collaboration tool, they are not ideal for large teams. In their free plan, there is a limit of 10 users and 10 GB of storage per team. 

Microsoft Teams

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One of the biggest selling points to Microsoft Teams is the smooth integration of Office 365. This becomes useful if you depend on Office 365 for your daily tasks.  Furthermore, Microsoft Teams is great for keeping all your team’s chats, meetings, files, and other apps together in one place. 

Pricing

When it comes down to pricing, Microsoft Teams can be a little daunting. The free version of Teams allows chat and collaborations. However, under the free plan, there are partially included essentials, such as:

  • meetings and calls
  • productivity apps and services
  • security and compliance. 
  • Limited storage: 2GB per user and a total of 10 GB is shared among your team. 

There is also a $5 monthly plan that is not much different from the free version, except an increase in storage (1 TB per user). Finally, there is the $12.50 monthly plan. This plan includes everything.

Pros to Microsoft Teams

As said before the great thing with Teams is that it allows for smooth integration of Office 365. Users have the capability to edit, delete, and pin messages. Users can also create a new thread and share files, provided it fits with the limited storage. If you use Office 365 daily, Teams might be worth considering. 

Cons to Microsoft Teams

There is plenty of room for Microsoft Teams to grow. After thorough research of use cases and reviews, there are many aspects where Microsoft Teams is still lacking. Some use cases have mentioned that setting up the app was not an easy task.

Additionally, users must set up a unique email for each user in their team. Microsoft Teams also does not support drag and drop functions.

MatterMost

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MatterMost is a wonderful communication tool to have that is specifically designed for having a  private cloud and an opened-sourced channel.

MatterMost targets large enterprises. They also implement self-hosting capabilities. With self-hosting capabilities, users can have greater control over privacy and security.

Pricing

Luckily, before fully committing to MatterMost, there is a 30-day free trial. With the E10 edition (basic) and a minimum of 10 users, the price is $39 per user. Annually making it $390.

There is also an E20 edition, which is an advanced enterprise edition that roughly charges $8.50 monthly.

Because the E20 edition is made for larger corporations, you must get a quote from MatterMost before continuing to pay. To see what each plan offers, click here.

Pros to MatterMost

Though MatterMost is priced on the higher end, MatterMost offers premium control over privacy and security.

Additionally, you can run the messaging platform behind your organization’s firewall.

The way we see it, MatterMost is great if your organization is large enough to have or require self-hosted team messaging.

Cons to MatterMost

MatterMost lacks video and audio conferencing, and users cannot share screens. With MatterMost’s almost overwhelming design, the UX becomes difficult to maneuver. After researching some alternatives MatterMost had to these cons, we believe that aside from AirSend’s built-in wiki capability, Microsoft Teams would be the better choice.

Slack

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The way we see it, Slack is the king of integrations. Additionally, Slack’s goal is to replace email. That being said, they provide all the tools that you would get with email into Slack.

Pricing

Here is an image of Slack’s current pricing. Some key things to note is that with the free plan, there is a limit to integrations and search history.

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Pros to Slack

Slack is built as a communication tool, so it offers a variety of options when it comes to conversations. Conversations happen in public or private channels and can further be separated into threads. Slack also allows audio and video calling.

Cons to Slack

According to several use cases, Slack’s UI design can be a bit overwhelming. Slack’s noise-to-signal ratio is also really high, making it hard to be productive. Further, they carry steep prices that may not be in peoples’ interest at the moment. Finally, Slack only offers third party file storage and task management.

Flock

Flock is one of the more promising team chat software. Flock is incredibly easy to use, and with integrations from Google Suite, and a built-in shared to-do list, productivity seems promising.

They also carry other features, such as guest accounts, one-way announcement channels, and a five-column interface. They also support video and audio calls.

Pricing

With Flock, there are three pricing plans: 

  1. Free
    • Unlimited messaging
    • 10,000 searchable messages
    • 10 public channels
    • 5GB total per team
    • Single team admin
    • 1-1 Video calls
  2. Pro Plan: $4.50 monthly
    • Unlimited search history and messaging
    • Unlimited private and public channels
    • 10 GB per team member
    • Multiple team admins
    • Group video calls
    • Screen sharing 
    • 24/7 priority support
  3. Enterprise Plan: $8 monthly
    • Includes everything plus 20 GB per team member

Pros to Flock

Flock offers built-in tools, such as app integration, polls, to-do lists, the ability to create public and private channels, reminders, and many more.

Cons to Flock

With recent reviews and case studies, a major con to Flock is its five-column interface. Having a busy interface can make users feel overwhelmed.

Much like Discord or Slack, having a complex UI design can leave the user experience lacking.

Furthermore, specific features designed for team collaboration is nice, but some of them feel unnecessary.

Rocket.Chat

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Rocket.Chat is an open-source team chat software.  With a similar Slack UI design, Rocket.Chat carries seamless conversations, along with a full range of customization. They also carry the similar function of making public and private channels.

Pricing

Rocket.Chat has umbrella pricing. What we mean by this is that they carry two major plans, and underneath those plans are the subscribed plans.

The first plan we will go over is the Self-Managed plan, in which you can host your own channels. 

  • Self-Managed Plan
    • Community Version is Free
    • Pro Plan- $30, per user, annually; $3 per user, monthly
    • Enterprise Plan:  Quote

The next major plan is the SaaS plan, which is a cloud offering hosted by Rocket.Chat

  • SaaS Plan
    • Bronze Plan: $20 per user, annually; $2 per user, monthly
    • Silver Plan: $40 per user, annually; $4 per user, monthly
    • Gold Plan: Quote
    • Each plan requires a minimum of 10 users

Pros to Rocket.Chat

One of the cool things with Rocket.Chat is that you can easily migrate and export files.

There is also real-time automatic translation, end-to-end encryption, LiveChat, and endless customization.

Cons to Rocket.Chat

Though having an open server is great, the maintenance to one is not that easy. Having your own open server means you also have to manage your own backups, security, and knowing how to fix things in case of failure. And if you’re not that tech-savvy, Rocket.Chat may not be a good fit for you.

Telegram

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Telegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed. The selling point to Telegram is that it is available on many of the most widely used platforms. Telegram is also free.

Pros to Telegram

With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, and videos to people who have Telegram, and to those who are in your phone contacts. You can also create groups for up to 200,000 people or channels.

They also have cool features like bots, secret chats, self-destructing messages, and support large files. If you are looking for a free communication tool that carries a lot of features, Telegram may be worth considering.

Cons to Telegram

Though Telegram carries a lot of features, they lack the features and functions for team collaboration. Like WhatsApp, Telegram is made for casual conversation with friends and family.

Facebook Workplace

Facebook Workplace

Introduced in 2016. Facebook Workplace is a team chat tool that prioritizes connection through broadcast and announcements. With the same layout as your personal Facebook account, Facebook Workplace allows you to connect with employees and have everyone on the same page.

Pricing

Facebook Workplace carries three tiers of pricing. We will list the top features that come with each plan. 

Free: 

  • Up to 50 teams
  • Group video calls
  • 5 GB storage per person
  • Auto-translate
  • Live-video sharing
  • Available on mobile apps

Advanced: $4 per user, per month

  • Unlimited teams
  • Group video calls
  • 1 TB storage per person
  • Organization chart
  • Surveys
  • Safety check

Enterprise: $8 per user, per month

  • Everything included. 

Pros to Facebook Workplace

Facebook Workplace offers integrations of G Suite, Office 365 and Dropbox. And it’s like Facebook, but adapted for work. So anyone can start using it right away. This can also be seen as a negative, and here’s why.

Cons to Facebook Workplace

Because Facebook Workplace carries the same UI design as the normal Facebook, collaboration and communication can seem a bit unusual. If you are looking for a tool that has more of a professional layout, Facebook Workplace may not be the ideal solution. 

Ryver

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Ryver is a team collaboration tool that makes managing your team simple and hassle-free. Similar to Slack, Ryver’s goal is to solve the world’s email problem and replace the outdated way many teams collaborate. 

Pricing

Ryver offers three plans: 

  • Starter: $49/monthly
    • Up to 12 users
    • Unlimited chat
    • Unlimted file sharing
    • Task management
    • Voice and video calls
  • Unlimited: $99/monthly. As of right now, they are currently offering the plan at $79/monthly
    • Everything included in the starter plan
    • Unlimited Users
    • Custom invite links
  • Enterprise: Originally $199/monthly, but right now it is being offered for $149/monthly
    • Everything included from the Unlimited plan
    • Single Sign-On (SSO)
    • Premium Support
    • Advanced team management
    • Testing Sandbox

Pros to Ryver

Essentially, Ryver is a combination of Slack and Trello. The selling point is that they surround their platform around a kanban based idea. They also include forums, teams, and one-on-one interaction.

Cons to Ryver

Aside from Ryver’s steep prices, they also require third-party integrations. Their biggest client for integrations is Zapier. This means that the majority of your integrations need to come from Zapier. This would be counterproductive for companies looking for a team chat that is easy-to-use and does not require a lot of strict integrations.

Glip

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Glip is a collaboration software that offers free messaging, real-time text, voice, and video, task management, screen sharing, shared calendars, and note tracking.

Pricing

Glip carries two plans: the free version and the $5 per user, per month. Between the two plans, almost everything is the same. The key differentiator is the shared minutes. In the free version, there is a limit of 500 minutes, and in the paid plan it is a limit of 1,000 minutes per user, per month.

Pros to Glip

Glip has quite a few built-in options. Users can create and assign tasks, schedule meetings, set deadlines in a shared calendar, and keep track of notes. There are also unlimited integrations.

Cons to Glip

After studying quite a few use cases, there are common themes mentioned that ultimately are cons to Glip. For starters, they have fairly working features, however, Glip doesn’t have any individual feature that excels.

Additionally, Glip forces you to download its proprietary app, RingCentral Meetings. You cannot integrate other video conferencing apps. Finally, the interface is messy, and there are problems with trying to integrate apps. If you are not tech-savvy Glip may not be ideal. 

Fleep

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Fleep is a team communication tool that lets you chat with any other Fleep user out there. Similar to Skype, all it requires is an account and you can connect to anyone else who has an active Fleep account. 

Pricing

Fleep carries three pricing plans: 

  • Free
    • 10 GB File Storage
    • Native apps
    • Unlimited 1:1 conversation
  • Business: 5 Euros, per user, per month, billed annually
    • 100 GB File Storage
    • Teams
    • Organization Settings
    • Task Management
  • Enterprise: Must have a Quote
    • 100 GB Storage 
    • Includes features from the Business plan

Pros to Fleep

Fleep is an open network that allows you to connect with anyone in the app. There are also unlimited integrations. 

Cons to Fleep

Like Skype, Fleep is user-based and not team-based. This makes it hard to communicate with other people specific to your team. 

Jostle

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Jostle is a cloud-based simple intranet solution. They offer communication, company culture building, internal bulletin board, and much more.

Pricing

Jostle is priced on the number of employees your company has. To give an overview, we went with the minimum required. However, the higher the employee count is, the cheaper the prices are. 

15 minimum User: 

  • Silver Plan: $9.33 per user, billed annually
    • Core Intranet
    • Integrations
    • 2 powerups
  • Gold Plan: $13.33 per user, billed annually
    • Core Intranet
    • Integrations
    • Single Sign-On (SSO)
    • 5 power-ups
  • Platinum: $16.00 per user, billed annually
    • 8 power-ups
    • Features from Gold Plan

Pros to Jostle

As said before, Jostle carries features that help with company culture, productivity, and collaboration. Features, such as bulletin boards, news articles, calendar entries, and announcements.

Cons to Jostle

While the product is amazing for building company culture, it is not the ideal solution for communication. The UI design makes it hard for users and teams to communicate effectively.

Gitter.im

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Gitter.im is a chat and networking platform that helps to manage, grow, and connect communities through messaging, content, and discovery. Though it is made community building and targeted towards developers, it also works well as a team chat app. The best part, they are free.

Pros to Gitter.im

Gitter.im allows for private and public communities. It is also incredibly easy to use, and there is unlimited integration. Finally, the UI is visually appealing.

Cons to Gitter.im

As said before, Gitter.im is originally marketed towards creating communities. So the features and functionalities are community-based. However, if this is not a problem, Gitter.im would be worth a shot. Finally, Gitter.im carries a design similar to Reddit.

Wire

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Wire is a modern-day collaboration tool that meets advanced security and user experience. 

Pricing

Wire carries three price plans: Wire Pro: 4 Euro, Wire Enterprise: 8 Euro, and Wire Enterprise Technology. To see their features, click here.

Pros to Wire

Wire carries all things needed for collaboration. They carry personal and group chats, conference calls, screen and file sharing, availability status, mentions, and message reactions. Best of all, Wire has a guest room feature, in which you can talk with clients or even conduct job interviews.

Cons to Wire

One of the downsides to Wire is that they do not carry built-in task management. They also lack project management tools. Having a lack of these tools may make it hard for teams to collaborate and get work done. 

Jitsi

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Jitsi is a free open source video conference software. Jitsi thrives on their new form of communication, video conferencing. In other words, all communication happens over video. The selling point to Jitsi is that they are one of the few video conferencing software that offers encryption-based calls.

Pros to Jitsi

The big pro is that Jitsi is free to use. Arguably the second biggest pro to Jitsi is that it is open-source, and you can make your own servers. Jitsi also does not require accounts. Users have the option to create accounts for the purpose of attaining transcripts and meeting history. 

Cons to Jitsi

Compared to other video conferencing software, Jitsi does not support Saas, iPhone, iPad, and Android. They are also very limited in integrations and features. Further, Jitsi does not carry On-demand webcasting, record&playback ability, nor whiteboard.

Discord

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Discord is known for its all-in-one voice and text chat. While Discord is originally meant for gamers, they offer a lot of features for a free communication tool. Discord also offers channel organization, only placed in a more complex UI design. 

Pricing

Another benefit is that Discord is free.

There is also a Discord Nitro in which you get more customizations than you would with the free version.

Customizations can range from animated emojis, and creating a unique tag for your profile. Annually, Discord Nitro is $99.99. Monthly it is $9.99.

Finally, there is Discord Nitro Classic, which has everything the Nitro plan has, except for a Server Boost. Annually it is $49.99, and monthly it is $4.99. 

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Pros to Discord

Like AirSend, users with Discord can seamlessly switch between private and public channels. Discord also does not offer integration with apps you might use for work.

But if your team only uses text, voice, or video conferencing, you should be fine. Lastly, Discord is the only chat in this list that offers push-to-talk features, along with an instant invite link. 

Cons to Discord

Discord is great for team communication. Additionally, with a busy UI design, you feel like you are doing more with less functionality. However, it is important to remember that Discord is specifically meant for gamers. So, the UI will be more complex than what the average business chat needs.

Lastly, like Slack,  the noise-to-signal ratio is extremely high with Discord. Because of this, distractions can happen and important information can get buried among the chatter. 

Flowdock

Flowdock is a real-time team chat software that brings all of your workplace conversations, work items, and tools in one place. With Flowdock, you can prioritize work, solve problems, search and organize across teams, locations, and timezones.

Pricing

Flowdock carries three plans: 

  • Free- up to 30 days with Standalone features
  • Standalone: $3 per user, per month
    • Unlimited flows
    • Endless history
    • Infinite integrations
  • Enterprise: $9 per user, per month
    • SSO
    • Integration-auto removal
    • Data-encryption
    • API 
    • Administration 
    • Custom Data Retention policies. 

Pros to Flowdock

Some pros are having organized conversations, message tags, bots, file-sharing, integrations, custom emojis, and gifs. 

Cons to Flowdock

One of the main cons to Flowdock is that the organization leaves to be desired. The main feature of Flowdock is its shared inbox, where project management tools, customer feedback, and version control systems are stored. Though the threads help with organizing conversations, there is not much else for users to custom organize their workspace. 

SquidHub

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SquidHub is a collaboration app for people who want clarity, simplicity, a bit of fun, and a great way of working together. 

Pricing

There are three plans:

  • Basic: Free
    • 2 groups
    • 1000 MB Storage
    • Unlimited search history
  • Premium: $4.99 per user, per month
    • Unlimited:
      • Groups
      • Storage
      • Search 
    • Copy groups
    • Organizational view
    • Permission control
    • Disable message board
  • Enterprise: Must have Quote

Pros to SquidHub

Aside from its fun name, SquidHub makes it easy to find files, optimize communication, share a task list, have a built-in calendar, and many more. Best of all, SquidHub’s design is like that of a kanban, leaving the organization at its finest. Finally, SquidHub’s UI design makes it easy-to-use.

Cons to SquidHUb

Like Slack, SquidHub does not offer built-in file storage, rather you have to integrate third-party file storage platforms. If file-integration is not a concern for you, then SquidHub is definitely worth a shot.

Convo

Convo

Convo is a team communication app that brings all business essentials into one place. Essentially, you can use this tool as a central place for having discussions, collaboration, and making faster decisions in real-time.

Pricing

There are three plans: Free, Pro, and Enterprise. For the Pro and Enterprise version, it is custom pricing. To see what each plan has to offer, click here

Pros to Convo

One of the things Convo likes to preach is fewer meetings, better collaboration. Ideally, this would mean having real-time chat and file sharing. Further, you can customize your notifications. Finally, a nice touch is that they offer acknowledgment posts, that way your message is heard loud and clear. 

Cons to Convo

A downside to convo is that the UI design is a bit overwhelming. They have multiple ways in which you can carry a conversation via instant chat, group chat- private and public, and email integration. They carry a lot of neat features, but the communication is being sacrificed at the hands of collaboration features and integrations. 

Proofhub

ProofHub is a team communication software that brings all your project communications together in one place.

Pricing

They carry two plans

  • Essential: $45 monthly, billed annually
    • 40 projects
    • Unlimited users
    • 15 GB Storage
    • Core features
  • Ultimate: $89 monthly, billed annually
    • Unlimited projects and users
    • 100 GB storage. 
    • Core features
    • Advanced custom roles
    • Custom workflow

Pros to ProofHub

Some highlights to Proofhub is that they have 1:1 chats, group chats, and tagging. They also carry a similar Kanban design to help with visual appeal.

Cons to ProofHub

Unfortunately, the majority of Proofhub relies on third-party integration. While it is nice to have a built-in Kanban, it is hard to make up for the lack of other built-in features. For those who are opposed to integrations, or do not feel comfortable connecting personal tools to work, Proofhub may not be the ideal choice. Finally, they carry features that can appear overwhelming and not needed. 

Asana

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Asana lets you work anytime, anywhere. With Asana, keep remote and distributed teams, and your entire organization focused on their goals, projects, and tasks. 

Pricing

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For a list of features each plan carries, click here

Pros to Asana

Some of the many pros to Asana is its color-coded tasks, email integration, google drive integration, and time tracking through integration with EverHour.

Cons to Asana

Though Kanban-style is great, a downfall to Asana, which inhibits the use of Kanban, is that tasks can only be assigned to one member per team. Further sub-tasks are difficult to work with, and the interface can sometimes feel overwhelming with the graphics. Finally, some users have reported that Asana sends too many emails of tasks being due. This can be sometimes annoying. 

Twist

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Twist is a chat platform built by an internationally distributed team at Doist. Ideally, Twist makes it much easier to keep track of a conversation and refer back to it later. They also target remote teamwork, making it suitable for an organized communication hub, share updates, and keep track of messages after several years. 

Pricing

There are two plans for Twist

  • Free
    • Access to 1 month of comments/messages
    • Up to 5 integrations
    • 5GB file storage
    • Unlimited guests
  • Unlimited: $5 per user/per month
    • Unlimited everything

Pros to Twist

Some highlights to Twist is the organization of threads to keep discussions in order. This is helpful for companies that have a lot of employees. Unlike most other chat platforms, Twist lets you disconnect to focus on your work. It is similar to a “do not disturb” mode that you would find on your phone. 

Cons to Twist

A con to Twist is that in their free package they do not offer as much compared to other team chats. Twist gets the basic job done, but if you are looking for more usage in a free tool, Twist may not be ideal. 

Bonus: to see what are the latest free communication tools for remote work, read our blog post

Troop Messenger

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According to Troop Messenger, their chat software integrates multiple features and functionalities on a single interface offering ease of use and heightened user experience. Troop Messenger comes with all the basic functionalities needed for group chats: voice-video calls, screen sharing, file sharing, and filtering content.

Pricing

Troop Messenger comes with three price plans:

  • Premium: $1 per user/ per month
    • 7-day free trial of enterprise
    • 150 GB of storage
  • Enterprise: $5 per user/per month
    • 1 TB storage
  • Self Hosting: $5+ per user/per month

To see their feature and function list, click here

Pros to Troop Messenger

Troop Messenger allows users to send messages or attachments to multiple users. Troop Messenger also features an unread message filter, which helps for looking at missed messages. Finally, a big plus is that they carry self-hosting and API delivery options. This is beneficial for large companies.

Cons to Troop Messenger

At its core, Troop Messenger is a chat app, and its collaboration is second. Troop Messenger carries little-to-no integrations. The lack of integration compromises for the overwhelming features that come with the platform.

Zulip

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Zulip combines the immediacy of real-time chat with an email threading model. With Zulip, you can catch up on important conversations while ignoring irrelevant ones. Zulip is an emerging leader of business collaboration tools.

Pricing

Below is a capture of their latest image pricing

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Pros to Zulip

The selling point to Zulip is that they are arguably the best at handling synchronous and asynchronous communication. Zulip carries a lot of features and integrations. They also have a nice design for the messaging itself. With its amazing email threading model, Zulip allows users to catch up on important notifications/conversations while muting the irrelevant ones.

Cons to Zulip

Functions and features aside, the UI design of the whole platform is not desirable. True, the messaging is visually appealing, but the overall design leaves the feeling of a “senior-citizen” aesthetic. Personally, the brand colors remind me of my grandmother’s bathroom who had the same color scheme.

Conclusion

These are what we believe are the latest 2020 groundbreaking team chat tools, however, this list barely scratches the surface. There are many amazing team chat tools out there. We look forward to seeing our future competition and hope that each team chat tool rises to the challenge. 

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