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8 Slack Competitors. What Team Chat Tools Are Leading the Way?

Slack competitors

Slack has quite a buzz. With 10 million+ daily users and more than a $27 billion valuation, it is undoubtedly one of the most popular team communication platforms.

However, Slack has gained a lot of competitors throughout the years (Microsoft Teams, Facebook Workspace, to name a few) that offer highly competitive features and packages. And since Slack’s price tag is quite high many tools deliver more affordable solutions. So, who is breathing down Slack’s neck? Let’s find out.

1. Chanty

Chanty interface

Let us start with Chanty—a simple team chat that we are passionately building. Our app lets you communicate with your colleagues via text messages, audio / video calls, or voice messages on the go. 

Similar to Slack, chats are organized into public, private and one-to-one conversations. We’ve made sure all files and links that your team shares are neatly organized and easy to find.

The built-in task manager lets you turn any message into a task, assign it to team members, and get notified when the task is done. You can also keep track of your own to-do list for the day. 

Audio and video calls with screen sharing are also available in Chanty, as well as voice messages.

If you are looking for a fast and secure team chat with built-in task management features you should definitely give it a try. Our customers appreciate the clean interface, friendly UX, and unlimited message history in the freemium plan.

Moreover, you can connect Chanty with a myriad of apps through Zapier. 

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If you have any questions about Chanty, feel free to leave a comment. Otherwise, feel free to join our close-knit community of Chanty users and give our app a try ⬇️ We are looking forward to your feedback.

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2. Rocket.Chat

Rocket.Chat

Rocket.Chat is an open-source alternative to Slack. Besides messaging, it offers audio and video conferencing through native integrations with Jitsi and Pexip. Users can chat via direct messages, channels, discussions, teams and threads.

Rocket.Chat enables users to talk to their colleagues via their platform even if they’re not using Rocket.Chat on their end – making it easier to stay in touch with external collaborators or even clients. Due to its security features and the possibility of on-prem hosting, it’s used by organizations in highly-regulated industries such as government, healthcare, and finance.

Rocket.Chat has a free plan and a paid enterprise plan that starts at $7/user/month (with minimum 25 members) or $35/agent/month (with minimum of 5 agents).

3. Flock

FlockFlock is an Indian platform that appeared a year after Slack. Since 2014, it argues to have witnessed a growth rate of over 200%.

Last year Forbes claimed that Flock is “richer in features” when comparing to Slack, while also having “deep integrations.” “The broad multiple languages support goes in its favor,” as stated by the Forbes contributor. However, at our review, we noticed that Flock’s interface seems overloaded, less convenient and user-friendly. We also found that Slack has a wider stack of options when it comes to notification settings and easier file sharing.

While comparing the free plans of Slack and Flock, the latter lets 8 users participate in a video conference (compared with only two users in Slack). Besides, Flock has unlimited integrations with apps – although it has far less of them than Slack. Flock’s paid plan starts with $4.50 a month while Slack’s Standard plan is about twice more expensive.

4. Ryver

Ryver

The main feature Ryver boasts is having a Trello-like native task manager. It suggests turning any messages into trackable tasks can happen with the push of a button. Also, Ryver claims their tool is more agile, while Slack’s free version is too restrictive. Among its considerable pros – a built-in integration with FreeConference app, allowing audio/video conferences with up to 400 people.

However, when testing Ryver, our team faced some possible disadvantages. The main one might be the integrations issue. Ryver integrates via Zapier which requires a Zapier paid account if you use integrations heavily. Also, Ryver seems to have a quite stuffed interface, no notifications for specific keywords or @mentions, and a search with no file or date-specific options.

Ryver has recently changed its pricing from free to a starter plan at $69 for teams of twelve and more regardless of the features required, which frustrated some users. Other plans include a standard package that charges $129/month for up to 30 users, and a medium package that charges $4.67 for 30+ users.

5. Facebook Workplace

Unveiled in the fall of 2016, Workplace is very much alike regular Facebook. Users can make posts, view updates, discuss projects in groups or watch live video broadcasts. The tool supports screen sharing, file sharing, reactions, mentions and GIFs. What’s also important – Workplace accounts are separate from user’s personal ones and vice versa.

At the same time, Workplace is a closed, private universe – it belongs to your business only. So when collaborating with people outside your company, you might have to use some other tool. Also, considering the recent Facebook privacy scandal, the issue about data protection naturally arises. Facebook assures Workplace relies on industry-leading security tools and that its hosting practices are audited by independent third parties.

Workplace is free for non-profits. Premium would cost $4/active user/per month.

6. Fleep

FleepFleep is a messaging service founded by Skype’s ex-Product Manager Henn Ruukel.

He regretted that the famous video chat tool would never focus on typed messaging. So he came to create his own startup.

Basically, Fleep is a tool that combines worplace chat and email into one platform. It faces the issues that have plagued many email users. At times, it is confusing which thread we are using, when did we introduce a new person to the thread, etc. Fleep’s technology strives to solve such issues.

When our team tested Fleep we noted that it would probably suit you if you communicate outside of your team more than inside. Among its pros are clean interface, unlimited message history, and unlimited integrations. (However, there are not so many of them when compared to Slack). Fleep’s business plan starts with €5 per user, per month – which increases the file storage capacity tenfold (among other features).

7. Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams

It’s been half a decade since Microsoft Teams stepped into the game. Apparently, the tool has become the go-to for large enterprises, engaging 650,000 organizations across 181 markets.

Microsoft Teams integrates with other Office 365 apps and supports third-party plug-ins – these are actually the key features of the tool. MS Teams allows users to share files, create meetings, and much more, all in one chat platform. There are also some neat features Microsoft is adding to Teams, such as cloud recording that will enable one-click meeting records, with automatic transcription and time coding.

However, there is one big thing experts would like to see in MS Teams – the sign up process for small businesses should be more simple. When Chanty explored Microsoft Teams, we found out it’s quite difficult to start, along with a complicated interface, while customer support has a room for improvement.

Microsoft Teams is available as a part of Microsoft Office 365 subscription. For businesses, the price for microsoft team essential package starts at $4/user/month, business basic plan starts at $6/user/month and business standard plan starts at $12.50/user/month.

8. Mattermost

Mattermost is an open-source Slack competitor designed specifically for software engineers to improve communication and collaboration.
You may send and receive direct messages through both private and public channels of communication. The tool distinguishes itself from Slack by providing a self-hosted option, which is ideal for individuals that require greater data security.

Playbooks in Mattermost are a great tool for team collaboration because they are pre-made, customizable checklists that help you organize your work. In addition, you never need to worry about your colleagues forgetting their assignments or due dates due to its efficient features.

From the pricing perspective, Mattermost has a free plan that allows up to 10k messages, 10 GB free storage and a professional plan that offers $10/user/month.

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Chanty is a team collaboration hub with unlimited searchable message history. Chanty offers team communication, audio calling, video conferencing and task management with the help of the Kanban board.

6 comments

  • Do any of these slack competitors allow you to ‘view recent messages’ across channels? Slack does not do this and this is a significant limitation is usability for these services. Also, an article that compares functionality across these services would be very interesting.

    • Hi Gerard,

      Thanks for your question. In fact, Chanty has this feature. You can view the entire history of all channels available to you as well as your one to one conversations. To do this, navigate to Teambook -> History. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need further assistance.

      Cheers,
      Olga

  • I tried to sign up for Chanty but to no avail. Apparently, my (quite valid) email address was rejected.

  • Hi Olga!

    I am looking for the right platform for my needs. Allow me to explain my situation:

    • I am teaching several live classes, which I also want to start serving online. Groups of about 6 people each, about 30 in total.
    • Through the year the people in each class change (old students out, new students in).
    • I want to be able to communicate with all students at once, with each class separately and with each individual separately.
    • Students need to be able to talk to eachother within a class together and individually. Maybe also in a ‘community room’, accessable for all classes.
    • File sharing is only from me to students. No big files, no large quantities.

    Questions:
    • Would this all be possible at Chanty? And at other platforms like Flock, Zoho Cliq and Rocket Chat?
    • Would Chanty be my best choice?
    • What would I need on paid accounts at Chanty?
    • Do I need a kind of slots to be able to change old with new students?

    Thanks in advance!
    Max

    • Hi Max,

      Thanks for asking. We’d be happy to tell you more about Chanty and how it can help you solve your business case. It’s impossible to fit everything in one comment so please visit our website and start a live chat with one of our experts. Thank you!

      Olga

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