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We’ve Tried 7 Slack Alternatives during 7 Weeks (Our Team’s Feedback)

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It looks like you’ve tried Slack and it doesn’t meet your needs. You’re not alone.

Perhaps you’re looking for a tool that’s faster, less complicated and more affordable than Slack.

We’ve been there too and we’ve actually tried a few Slack alternatives to find the app that suits our need the best. Here are the apps we tried: 

  • Chanty
  • Fleep
  • Flock
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Ryver
  • Glip
  • Hangouts Chat

By the way, we used to have Stride and HipChat on this list until recently, too. However, Slack acquired both tools with plans to migrate their users. Since both of them are discontinued since February 2019, we won’t put them on our Slack alternatives list anymore.

In any case, we’ve used Slack and realized that it doesn’t meet our needs perfectly. Since we realized that there’s a market for a team chat app that’s less complicated and more affordable, we decided to create a tool of our own – this is why we created Chanty.

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Chanty is a super simple, AI-powered team chat app. Before we created the app, we spent at least a few weeks researching and actually using our competitor apps which we mentioned above. So, this article is based on our own experience with using these apps.

The apps mentioned on this list are the few that we’ve chosen as the very best Slack alternatives. These are the apps that are the top Slack alternatives, in our humble opinion.

There are 100+ Slack competitors. Or are there?

If you do a quick Google search for “slack alternatives”, you’ll find lots of results that mention various apps as Slack competitors. The problem is, a good number of these tools are CRM apps which are hardly a Slack competitor, which can confuse you. 

The reason for listing CRMs (and other types of apps) as Slack competitors is probably just to add some numbers to their posts. If you want to know the real number, you can head to alternativeto.net and find out that there are more than 100 different Slack competitors out there. However, we are here to focus on quality, rather than quantity, so here are the very best.

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Why do people choose Slack?

There are three main reasons why people use Slack as their application of choice. Communication, collaboration and notifications. It lets you chat with your team, share files and use different integrations, as well as stay up to date with notifications, all the while taking your communication away from your email inbox. Here is what we had to say about Slack in a video:


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If you want to find out more about Slack in detail, you can read our Slack review. Let’s briefly discuss the advantages of using Slack instead of its many competitors.

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  • It’s hip. While talking to a large number of CEOs and founders, I found that they all love Slack. No matter their management styles, their industry and niche and the size of their company, everyone knows about Slack. It also has this air of being cool, probably thanks to its fancy bots and the fancy copy on their website. Usually, when I ask people what’s cool about Slack, they have a hard time explaining it. It mostly boils down to “It’s popular and everyone else is using it”. Integrations are one of the best parts of the app, but very few Slack fans actually integrate Slack with their other apps at work.
  • Integrations. At the moment of writing, there are more than 800 different integrations for Slack. If you don’t know what integrations are, here’s the best way to explain it. When you integrate your other work apps with Slack (such as MailChimp, Zendesk, Salesforce, etc.), you can get notifications from them within Slack in real-time. You don’t have to open any of these apps and check them all the time – you have everything in one place. It acts as a single notification hub for your workplace.
  • Powerful search. When you create a lot of messages daily, you’ll have to search for them quite frequently. Slack allows searching through messages and files, and even the content within the files. More precisely, you can search through Google Docs, Office and Dropbox files which you shared in Slack. There are advanced search operators (such as quotation marks) that let you search for a specific phrase, for example.

Okay, now that was enough about Slack, let’s take a look at some of the top Slack alternatives. Hopefully, you’ll find the one that suits your needs the best.

The top Slack alternatives in 2019:

1. Chanty

It’s our blog, after all, so we’re putting Chanty as the first one on this list. We’ve been building Chanty for the past 3 years as the strongest Slack alternative out there. Putting our love for technology and communication together, we’ve created an app that people love using. If you haven’t tried Chanty yet, this up-and-coming team chat app is definitely worth your time.

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Chanty vs Slack. How is it different?

The main goal of Chanty is to create an intuitive experience for our users. For this reason, we focused on making our onboarding and user interface as simple and clean as possible. You may get the feeling that using Slack is getting more complicated, with more features being added every day. At Chanty, we want to keep the right balance between features and usability. This is why we stay simple but also have enough powerful features which teams need to work effectively.

Compared to Slack, Chanty is faster and more affordable (up to 75% cheaper) and it offers twice as much storage compared to Slack. You can view all your files, links, tasks and conversations in our Teambook. Chanty also comes with a built-in task manager – you can turn any message into a task, assign it to someone from your team and get notified when it’s done. By the way, there are unlimited messages, even in the freemium plan. That means that you can have an unlimited number of messages and search for them. On the other hand, Slack only allows 10,000 messages in their free plan. 

Here is a neat video on how you can use Chanty to improve your team’s productivity:
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In the past few months, Chanty has rolled out a number of useful features. You can now connect a large nubmer of apps using our Zapier integration. Moreover, you can use high-quality audio and video calls with your team members. Also you can send voice messages besides just writing text.

We are strong believers in work-life balance. We continue improving our app so you can spend less time working and more time getting some rest. Feel free to give Chanty a try, we look forward to your feedback!😊

2. Fleep

The first thing you should know about Fleep is that you can send a message to anyone who uses this app. All you need to know is their email and you can connect with any Fleep user out there. In theory, this app should fit somewhere between email and a team chat app. Instead of creating a sandbox such as Slack, Fleep’s idea is that you can communicate with anyone who uses the app.

Fleep vs. Slack – how do they stack up?

We personally asked the Fleep staff about the differences between Fleep and Slack. This is what they answered us:

  1. Fleep is an open network and you can chat with anyone who’s using the app. If you want to be a member of several teams or projects at once, you need one account only. In Slack, you need an account for each team you’re in.
  2. Fleep is completely free if you don’t need admin controls, i.e. you don’t need to control your company’s accounts and conversations. The cheapest paid package is called Fleep for Business and it costs 5 Euros per user per month.
  3. In the free Fleep package, you get unlimited message history and unlimited integrations.

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Our experience using Fleep

The way that Fleep is set up, with users being in the focus, actually makes it more complicated for use in teams. It’s similar to Skype but with the option of sending and receiving emails. This isn’t such a bad idea, but then again, Skype is not ideal for team communication.

Just like Slack, Fleep also has an option to send a message to yourself. In other words, you can click on your own name and send yourself a note or copy and paste a link so you can save it for later. Fleep has the same option and you can create unlimited monologues with yourself. It’s kind of easy to get lost in them, but the good news is that you have the option.

Here is how our team scored Fleep:

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Fleep summary

You should use Fleep if:

  You communicate more outside of your team than with your team members

  You’re not a fan of emails

–   You need more than 10,000 messages in Slack’s history for the free plan

3. Flock

Founded in 2014 in India, Flock is a messaging app that has been around almost as long as Slack. Besides standard messages, it supports group chat, video and audio calls, screen sharing and more. You also get polls and to-do lists, which require third-party integrations in Slack. Flock is available in several languages, including Spanish and Portuguese.

Flock

Flock vs Slack. What’s better?

We went and asked the guys from Flock what makes them better than Slack. Here are some of their points:

  Flock claims to have a better UI than Slack. We decided to test this out and we spent a week using Flock. We found out that the 5-column interface can be a bit complicated.

  According to load time and file sharing tests, Flock is faster than Slack.

  Flock is cheaper than Slack, with plans starting at $4.5 per user per month.

  Flock offers an unlimited message history and unlimited integrations in the free plan.

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Our experience with Flock

Compared to other team chat apps on this list, we’ve used Flock the longest. The interface and design are pretty good. We especially loved their parakeet green color for the app. As mentioned before, the interface is split up in 5 columns, which is a bit too busy. However, Flock turned out to be fairly easy to use.

We had one big issue though – we lost our message history one day and couldn’t access it for over 8 hours. It happened on the third day of testing Flock. We couldn’t access a single private or channel message, which slowed us down for the day significantly.

For Flock (and all other apps on this list), we created a grading scale based on these parameters:

  1. Is it easy to use on a scale from 1 to 5? (5 – very easy, 1 – not easy at all)
  2. Is it easy to start using, on a scale from 1 to 5 (5 – very easy, 1 – not easy at all)
  3. On a scale from 1 – 5, how do the features of the app meet your business needs at work? (5 – perfectly, 1 – not at all)
  4. How many technical issues have you experienced when using this app? (5 – no issues, 1 – lots of issues)
  5. How likely are you to recommend this app to your friends? (5 – very likely, 1 – very unlikely)

Flock

Flock summary

You should use Flock if…

  The disappearing message history in Slack makes you mad

  You don’t mind being left without your message history for more than 8 hours

  You want a cheaper price than Slack

  You want a Spanish or Portuguese interface in your team chat app

4. Microsoft Teams

The main target audience for Teams is the enterprise sector. However, it’s obviously had some inspiration from Slack, judging by the way it looks and feels, so we decided to take it for a spin.

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Microsoft Teams vs. Slack. Are they similar at all?

One of the biggest selling points of Microsoft Teams

is that the app integrates with Office 365 seamlessly. This makes it especially useful if you already depend on this suite for your daily operations. The great news is, if you purchase a Microsoft Office 365 package, you’ll get Microsoft Teams included, all for $12.5 per user per month. If you want just Teams, it’s $5 per user per month.

If you’re interested, we have an in-depth comparison of Microsoft Teams vs Slack on our blog.

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Our experience using Microsoft Teams

Setting up this app was not an easy task. We assigned it to the most patient guy in our team, who spent an entire day setting it up as part of the Office 365 Business Premium package. If a guy with over 15 years of experience in development can’t install and set up an app within a day, something’s not right.

Particularly annoying is the fact that you have to set up a unique email for each user in your team, such as user@teamname.onmicrosoft.com

which you have to use every time when you log in. If you forget your email or password (which happened to me, twice), tough luck – it’s another 30 minutes of struggle to get them back.

If you want to properly set up Teams by yourself, make sure to have an experienced admin on your team. And by the way, the app does not support drag and drop. 

Microsoft Teams is a great product. However, the user experience leaves much to be desired. According to our team, although it is difficult to set it up, Teams meet their business needs.

To end this section on a positive note, I really love the Microsoft Teams video:
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Microsoft Teams summary

You should use this app if:

  You already have a contract with Microsoft and have no choice but to use this app

  You have no problem with obstacles when using apps

  You use other Office 365 products every day

  You have a boatload of patience

5. Ryver

Launched in 2015, Ryver came into the team chat app game when Slack was already doing great. To get the upper hand, Ryver decided to attack Slack by using Twitter ads.

The main selling point of Ryver is the combination of team communication and task management. It’s something like putting Slack and Trello together. The idea of this mix sounded interesting, so we were eager to try it.

Ryver vs. Slack – what’s the difference?

According to the Ryver team, having both communication and task management in a single tool is crucial for productivity. Besides the native task management feature, they also have integrations with Google Drive, Dropbox and Box, so you can choose and upload files directly from the cloud. The app allegedly integrates with more than 500 different apps through Zapier.

We successfully connected several apps to Ryver. The thing is, Zapier only lets you handle up to 100 Zaps in their free plan. If you need lots of integrations every day, you will have to pay for a Zapier plan, which costs around $250 for 50,000 tasks. So, your free Ryver plan could lead to a paid Zapier plan instead.

Comparing with Slack, setting up Zapier is much more complicated. Each integration you set up has to be tested, which can take quite a bit of time and a few errors. In case you’re interested, we wrote an in-depth comparison of the two tools on our blog. The main takeaway is that Slack’s search options, notification management and integrations are much more advanced and intuitive. 

Of course, price is one of the main considerations. The freemium Slack plan is fairly limited, so you will have to switch to a Standard plan (starting at $6.67 per user per month) or Plus (from $12.50 per user per month). Ryver’s pricing has changed over the years and since December 2018, they no longer have a freemium version, even for small teams. The tool costs $49 per month for teams up to 12 users and $99 per month for unlimited users. You can get the Enterprise package too, starting at $399 monthly.

Ryver also comes with audio and video calls as native features. We tested them out and the quality was pretty good. However, there were no advanced call features. You cannot record calls (like in Microsoft Teams) or react with emojis to what a colleague has said in the call (like in Slack). However, the quality was pretty good.

Chanty team is testing video calls in Ryver

Chanty team is testing video calls in Ryver

In Slack, there is a limit to 15 people in audio and video calls. If that’s not enough, you can use any video conferencing tool for meetings with your entire team.

Our experience using Ryver

The first time I opened Ryver, it seemed confusing and not very intuitive. What’s the difference between Forums and Teams? What do I do with All Hands? Tasks were split up under Task Stream and Personal Tasks. Overall, the user experience seemed like it could be much better.

Ryver’s user interfaceRyver’s user interface

Ryver conversations are organized in Open forums, Private teams and Direct messages, similar to Slack. Also, there are Topics, similar to threads in Slack.

We also tried the task management part of the app, which didn’t go as smoothly as planned. I wasn’t able to assign tasks to my colleagues from the message that I sent to her. Search results couldn’t find any forums or teams I was looking for, which is why Assign to field was disabled. Therefore, I couldn’t assign any team member to a task.

I created ‘SMM’ Team in RyverI created ‘SMM’ Team in Ryver

I couldn’t find it when setting up a taskI couldn’t find it when setting up a task

I asked the Ryver support team and they said that Tasks have to be initialized before using them. To do this, you need to click on Tasks within a Team or a Forum.

“Tasks” tab within a Team“Tasks” tab within a Team

This didn’t seem all that intuitive and it wasn’t so easy to figure out what we had to do. Here is our team’s rating of Ryver:

Ryver ratingRyver summary

You should use Ryver if…

  You like using Kanban for your projects

  You don’t mind potential UI and UX issues

  You need lots of integrations and you’re already paying for Zapier

6. Glip

Glip is a team chat app launched by the company RingCentral. It was released in 2013, just like Slack. According to Peter Pezaris, founder and CEO of Glip, here is how it’s different:

“With Glip, we are introducing a new wave in team collaboration – one that keeps conversations at the center of teamwork.” 

Glip wants to improve the way teams collaborate by combining instant messaging, video calls, task management and team calendars in one application.

Glip

Glip vs Slack – what’s the difference?

Compared to Slack, Glip gives more built-in options. You can create and assign to-do lists in the Tasks portion of the app, schedule meetings and set deadlines in the shared calendar and keep track of your notes and thoughts in the Notes portion of Glip.

If you want to use video conferencing in Glip, you have to use RingCentral Meetings. In Slack, you can hop on a video call directly from the app. Glip forces you to download an additional piece of software, which is not very handy. Moreover, you cannot integrate other video conferencing apps into Glip. On the other hand, you can hook up a variety of them to Slack, including Google Hangouts and Appear.in.

As a freemium Slack user, you face quite a few limitations in terms of message history and the number of integrations. Glip gives you more in its free plan, which, by the way, costs less at $5 per month per user.

Our experience using Glip

We created our first team space in Glip and we were welcomed with a surprise. We were all members of different teams and we couldn’t see everyone who joined. Some time and a lot of thinking later, we realized that Glip creates a separate team space for each email within a different domain. You don’t get any notification or explanation for this, so you kind of have to figure it out on your own. The bottom line is: you better make sure that all of the emails you invite are within a single domain.

Glip interfaceGlip interface

Glip is similar to Slack in that you can communicate privately, one-to-one and in public conversations. There is also that cool features where you can “talk” to yourself and leave notes and links. One thing that we did not like as much is that you cannot forward messages from one conversation to another. 

Once you download the RingCentral Meetings app, you can enjoy video calls with your team and share your screen. In the free plan, you get 500 minutes of video chat with up to 100 people, which is better than Slack’s offer in the free plan. 

Using the built-in to-do lists, you can manage your tasks directly in Glip. However, you can also hook up your favorite project management tool using integrations. Some of them include Asana, Jira and Trello, among others.

If you want to connect Glip with a third-party app, you might run into some problems. For example, we wanted to hook it up with Confluence. This took us eight steps and writing a few lines of code to get started. So, if you want to manage integrations successfully, you need someone with a tech background in your team.

Steps to setup the Confluence integration in GlipSteps to set up the Confluence integration in Glip

We’ve used Glip for one week in total. One day, we opened the app and our entire message history was completely gone and there was no real reason for it. We tried getting in touch with the support center, but that didn’t help either.

Here is our overall impression of Glip:

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Glip summary

You will like Glip if:

  All of your employees’ emails are on one domain

  You like uploading images and turning them into stickers

  You have someone tech-savvy on your team who deals with integrations and onboarding the entire team

  You don’t have a problem with your entire message history disappearing randomly.

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Also, we’ve written a great article on Glip vs Slack so you can check it out if you want more details.

7. Hangouts Chat

Google released Hangouts Chat as its messaging platform in February 2018. It’s available as a part of the G Suite package and it’s deeply integrated with the rest of the G Suite tools. One of the major perks is being able to view files from Drive and Docs directly in conversations.

Hangouts chatHangouts Chat interface

Similar to Slack, there is a dedicated space for group conversations in Hangouts. It’s called Rooms and it’s something like a channel in Slack. Also, you can send private and group messages within the tool. There are more than 50 integrations available, including tools such as Asana, Box and Zendesk, but there is no Zapier integration.

There are currently 28 supported languages in the Hangouts Chat interface, which is more than any other app in this list. You can add up to 8,000 members to each Hangouts room.

Hangouts Chat vs. Slack – which works better?

First of all, Hangouts Chat doesn’t have a freemium version of the app, unlike Slack. Second, Hangouts Chat organizes communication in threads, while Slack has public channels.

Rooms in Hangouts chat

Third, all Rooms in Hangouts Chat are private by default. Unless you invite someone to a room, no one in your G Suite can view or join it. On the other hand, when you create a channel in Slack, you can choose if it’s private or public.

Our experience using Hangouts Chat

When we explored Hangouts, we found out some unique features. For example, there is a Smart Reply feature, similar to what you have in your Gmail inbox. When you start typing, Smart Reply will suggest the right word to you.

However, the notification settings aren’t all that great. There are no notifications specific to rooms and there are no time settings for the Do Not Disturb mode. However, you can adjust your settings for web, desktop, mobile and email applications.

Notification settings in Hangouts ChatNotification settings in Hangouts Chat

Hangouts Chat summary

When comparing their functionality, Hangouts Chat seems not to be as good as Slack, but it is fairly easy to use. 

If you have a G Suite subscription, using Google’s messaging platform seems like a reasonable choice. However, bear in mind that you cannot use Hangouts Chat for free. 

If you do choose this app, you need to be comfortable with using Threads to communicate. Also, make sure to check if your favorite integrations are supported.

Will Hangouts Chat replace Slack at some point? It’s difficult to say.

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The results of our voting

The Chanty team has used different team chat apps for several weeks. In the end, we completed a survey that had 20 questions.

The results are summarized in these charts. The maximum number of points that one app could get Is 250. As you can see, Flock is ahead of the competition and Glip is slightly behind. Fleep and Hangouts Chat are somewhere on the same level.

Our goal with Chanty is to create a team chat tool that ranks higher than the competition. We want to create something that is easy to use and start and something that meets your business needs at work. Feel free to give it a try and let us know what you think!

The article was updated March 2020


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Olga Mykhoparkina

Olga Mykhoparkina is a Chief Marketing Officer at Chanty – a simple AI-powered team chat. This powerful and free Slack alternative is aimed to increase team productivity and improve communication at work.

Having a 9-year experience in digital marketing field, Olga is responsible for Chanty’s online presence strategy, managing an amazing team of marketing experts and getting things done to change the way teams communicate and collaborate. Follow Olga on Twitter @olmykh or feel free to connect on LinkedIn.

68 comments

  • Hey Olga,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. So far we’ve tried Slack and Flock with our team, but they don’t seem to satisfy all of our needs at the time. Chanty sounds like a breath of fresh air. I’ve signed up for your beta test and looking forward to try it out.

    • Hi Angela, thank you for your comment. We’ll make sure to give you Chanty early access as soon as possible 🙂

  • Cool stuff, Olga! We have a similar dilemma. Half of the company is using Slack, while others go for completely different messengers.

    I’m not the biggest fan of Slack, because it’s way too complicated, heavy and has the 10k message history limit. I really enjoyed the way you’ve make a side to side comparison of messengers and how openely you write about it.

    Hope to see Chanty in action soon.

  • This is a great blog post. I appreciate the humble mention of chanty and the detail you’ve gone into about the other slack alternatives.

    Signed up for beta access. Looking forward to checking it out.

    • Hi Rob, I appreciate your comment. We’ll make sure to give you early access as soon as possible. It would be great to receive your feedback on our product.

  • This is truly a helpful article. I’m looking for a collaboration tool for my client and I. My client is all over the place so some of the apps listed here I’ll definitely consider.

    • Hi Aurora, thanks for your comment. Hope you’ll find the right tool for your client. Feel free to sign up for Chanty early access, we’ll be happy to receive your feedback.

    • Hi Jabbar,

      Thank you for your comment. We don’t have the exact pricing yet, however, the monthly plans should start at $4 per user per month, or $3 per user per month when billed annually. Also, if you are a small team and you need a simple communication tool, freemium Chanty version should work great for you.

      Should you have any other questions, please, feel free to contact us at info(at)chanty.com

      Best,
      Olga

  • Hi, We’re using Ryver, and start April.. it’s not Free anymore (well, it’s still free for 6 user though..:( ). It’s seem they start to pivot their business model, and current model is simply not good for company’s long term. Having Communication+Task Management is a plus. But for SMB, that has roughly around 20 team member, pricing is little bit pricey compare to some other platform. Anyway, the need to change their message from “Team communication tools must be free” to “Team communication tools must be $99”

    Nice Articles !

  • Hi Olga,

    Does Chanty have the capability to make threads in conversations or files shared? For organization purposes.

    Thanks

    • Hi Andrés,

      Thank you for your interest in Chanty. Unfortunately, there is no threads functionality yet in the current version of Chanty.
      However, we’ve received a number of similar requests from our customers, so we’ve added this feature to our 2018 roadmap.

      We could contact you once this feature is delivered if that’s OK.

      Meanwhile, feel free to get in touch with us in case you have more questions regarding Chanty.

      Cheers,
      Olga

      • Every app that adds threading after the fact fails at it. Slack threading sucks, Flowdock’s is slightly better but still fails. Threads have to be designed in from day 1, like Zulip or Twistapp.

        • Hey Bryan,

          Thank you for your comment. As we get to threads functionality at Chanty, we’ll totally take a look at Zulip and Twistapp vs Slack and Flowdock. UX is a high priority for our team, therefore, we’ll make sure our threads don’t suck 🙂

          Cheers,
          Olga

    • Hi Jeff, thank you for your interest in Chanty. In fact, we plan to roll out integration with Zapier and IFTTT in Q3 2018. This way you’ll be able to integrate Chanty with a custom CRM. As for public API, unfortunately, we don’t plan to work on it in 2018.

      Cheers,
      Olga

    • Hi Chris,

      Thank you for your comment. As Chanty is currently in beta, we don’t hide the fact that some of the features are still missing in our team messenger. However, we are working hard to deliver the great product to you guys. That said, we’ll be certainly adding Chanty analysis once we reach that public launch milestone.

      Feel free to reach out in case of any other questions.
      Cheers,
      Olga

  • This is really useful, are you planning to include authentication with active directory and/or identify providers such as Okta with Chanty? I’ve signed up for the beta trial and looking forward to seeing how it stacks up against the competition

    • Hey Nick,

      Authentication is important for us and we’ve got SSO via GSuite on our roadmap.
      Sure, we will consider other services and add them to our roadmap once we make a public launch later this year.

      Cheers,
      Anastasia

    • Hey Jeff,

      Thank you for your question.
      We are investigating the opportunities in China and by the time of public launch later this year we’ll do our best to make our services available in China.

      Cheers,
      Anastasia

  • Hi Olga,

    I just wanted to point out another worthy alternative for the list Crugo.com I hope you will give it a try and let us know what you think 🙂.

  • I’m impressed with the organization and real world data collected for this marketing/competitive review. I’ll be giving it a try.

    • Hi Skip, thank you for reading our article. Looking forward to receiving your feedback on our tool. Good luck!
      Olga

  • one more problem with flock. if you sign up using google auth, it asks for the following permissions – and you cant login without granting them.
    1. all your contacts
    2. all users on domain
    3. manage all calendars
    4. manage all files on google drive

    growth hack much ?

    • Hey there, thanks for addressing the issue. I’ll be soon revisiting the Flock section of the post and pay closer attention to granting permissions.

  • Now that stride is going away maybe a new market for chanty ? I’ve been using discord and is working just great…. not perfect as any solution

    • Hi Eduardo,

      You are right, the market is changing. Now when HipChat and Stride are soon shutting down, many people are looking for affordable yet effective team communication tools. Since Slack doesn’t offer on-premise solutions, a lot of HipChat users are unhappy about having to migrate to Slack. Others aren’t ready to pay $6.67 per user per month. Slack is getting more complicated becoming a really cool, but advanced tool. At the same time, we are aiming to stay simple and easy-to-use for small and medium teams that are not ready to spend days to customize the app to fit their needs. We want to be that instant fit for them. The market is big enough and I’m sure there’s enough space for every team communication tool out there.

      Cheers,
      Olga

  • I am surprised that you don’t consider G Suite a competitor to Slack, whether you think G+ is a viable platform or not.

    • Hey Larry,

      Thank you for another comment. We’ll be soon adding Hangouts Chat review to the list. Meanwhile, you can check our recent article on HubSpot covering the top Slack alternatives including Hangouts Chat: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/slack-alternatives
      Should you have more questions, feel free to contact us here in comments or email us at info (at) chanty.com

      Best,
      Olga

  • Chanty does sound great! We thought we’d found our Slack alternative with Stride only to be let down again after their announcement that they’ll be migrating their users to Slack… Hoping with can get on Chanty sooner rather than later!

    • Hi Adriana, thank you for your comment. We aren’t going to migrate our users to Slack so you can feel free to give it a try:)
      If you contact us at info (at) chanty.com we’ll make sure to grant you an access. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  • I just sign up to test with my team. We are a new team that work until now in tow differents countries and we at first use Skype but we were just 4 guys, now that the team inchrease we need a better tool to communications and i found very interesting Chanty. Looking forward to see the video and voice calls these year. I hope this is the right tool for us.

    • Hi Viktor! We’ve just released voice and video calls in Chanty. You are welcome to test them. Looking forward to your further feedback!

  • I like the tone of the Slack support team. They are very patient.

    One thing i like about Slack (or the Slack concept) is that its reasonably platform agnostic, and the features in the Windows and Mac applications are similar if not identical.

    Similarly for the mobile apps.

    What I can’t stand is the failure on the Mac and iOS side to fully utilize and integrate the tools available within the Mac OS and iOS. i.e., on the mac side, there’s virtually no use of Apple’s contextual menu / right click feature on selected text.

    Slack doesn’t even have their own custom dictionary so you can’t add words inside Slack’s spell check.

    On the iOS side, there’s no way to pick a louder sound from the iOS choice, you either have to use these tinky soft sounds that Slack uses, or accept the old tri tone that Slack misnames “Device default” or something but its not.

    Also, can’t drag images from Photos into Slack, and there’s no preview so if a user drags the wrong photo in, they have to wait for it to be loaded (and seen) before deleting it.

    Does anyone know if any of these Slack alternatives better implement the Mac and iOS feature set?

    TIA

    • Hi jf. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Good point about ‘drag&drop pictures’! As for the rest, I’m not sure there’s a team chat tool on the market that implemented each of the macOS/iOS features you are talking about. But it’s great to hear your ideas on improving the apps. Regards!

    • slack is a hybrid app – so it only has OS container differences. Anyone creating a cross-platform app in 2019 would be crazy to invest in native when even Apple are moving to hybrid.

      It surprises me when people create different experiences for different platforms ignoring the fact some people use multiple.

  • Thought most of your negative points about Rivvr where unusually specific. You didn’t ever talk to their strong points, I’m guessing this is really your main competitor? I guess you had to ‘honestly’ bag the competition as this is really a sales-leader, not a technical comparison as you are a competitor, something not made clear in the title – great mislead to onboard customer – ethics much? conflict of interest much? The title leads the reader to think you were looking for something, when in fact you are comparing YOUR competition.

    Hangout is _really_ unintutive, yet you suggest it could take over slack… #right.. Hangouts AI suggestions now also suffer from being US centric, so outside the US, you have to use US-centric responses rather than common local terms. (used to work great when devs where in AU)

    Unfortunately ethics seem to be missing in most US #startups these days – seems like a right of passage to mislead to onboard early on.

    • Hi Dawesi, thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate it!

      We do talk about Ryver’s strongest point which is the Kanban-based task manager. We mention it in both – Slack alternatives and Ryver vs. Slack – articles.
      The concept of ‘Slack alternatives’ is about the unbiased comparison. We’ve tested these tools with our team and expressed our honest opinion. Also, we don’t keep back that it helps us in building our own Chanty team chat. As for Hangouts Chat, I don’t really suggest it could ‘take over Slack’. There’s a question mark in the article title. Hope you understand what I mean.

      Regards, Aleksey.

  • I mentor high school business classes – Virtual Enterprise International. Starting last year, I introduced them to BaseCamp3 (free to students). Both classes did well (top 6 in CA completion and 1 in top 10 in NY International business plan competition. They loved the features of BC3 and have already established new accounts for next year. Our key focus this summer will be training and refining productivity features.

    • Hi Bill. Thanks for your comment!
      I don’t think Basecamp can be considered as a Slack alternative, as it’s a project management – not communication tool. In case you are interested, we compared the apps in our ‘Slack vs Basecamp – Who Is to Win?’ article.
      Glad you’ve found a PM tool that works for you and your students. If you ever need a team chat, we highly recommend you try Chanty.
      Regards!

    • Hi Francisco,
      Thanks for your feedback. Hibox being a task management tool doesn’t really seem like a Slack alternative. We’ll consider including the app in other reviews, though.

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  • I came here as I was searching for a way to replace Slack with Discord on my business teams and also for supplemental family communication purposes. But having seen this site and browsing along, I am now more… confused as I am now considering your product named Chanty. I work for my a government agency in my country. I don’t know whether to thank you or to say ”darn it” 😁. I guess I should thank you for the comprehensive comparisons and for offering another product to seriously consider.

    • Hi Jeffrey,

      Thank you for your comment, we’ll be happy to have you among our customers. You should certainly give Chanty a try, you won’t regret it 🙂

      Cheers,
      Olga

  • all the reviews are written in tandem with Olga. seems like all of them are sitting in the next cubical to Olga… its so like crypto scene language…

  • Where are your comparisons to messaging stables like WhatsApp, WeChat and Telegram? I just downloaded Slack and was quite surprised at the price. With three free alternatives I cannot fathom the motivation to pay money for something I already get for free.

    • Hi Charlie,

      You can find Slack’s comparison with WhatsApp in our earlier post: https://www.chanty.com/blog/whatsapp-vs-slack-team-spotted-champ/
      WeChat and Telegram will be added shortly, stay tuned. As for free vs paid team chat, there are quite a few advantages of a work chat compared to a personal chat. In fact, it makes a big difference – you get a dedicated workspace where your sister and law and your best friend don’t disturb you with the non work-related messages. You can view and manager your links, files and messages. You can turn a message into a task and assign it to your colleague. There’s much more than that, you can actually read more in our WhatsApp vs Slack article.

  • Hi Olga,
    I work for a small (less than 10 people) not for profit organisation in the UK. I was about to trial Flock with a view to using the paid version if the trial was successful. The reason for choosing Flock over Slack was that Flock operate a $1 per user per month pricing for not for profits whereas as Slack’s price is way higher. As a charity we have a legal duty to get the best VFM in the UK so we would have to have a compelling business reason not to use Flock. (We need the extra functionality that comes with the paid version.) I have just come across your system and, before I leap into a Flock trial, I thought I’d ask if you have a NFP price plan? If you have I’d appreciate a quick Skype call to check out whether we are going for the best product for our needs.
    Thanks for any help you can give
    Adrian

    • Hi Adrian, thank you for reaching out. Absolutely, we provide 50% discount to the non-profit organizations. I’ve passed your email to Nikita, our business development manager, he’ll contact you shortly and explain all the benefits your company will get with Chanty.

  • This article needs to be updated regarding Ring Central GLIP.
    1) The video conferencing component of GLIP is now integrated into the application. RingCentral Meetings as a separate application is no longer required. It should also be mentioned that the video conferencing runs on the Zoom platform, which is one of the most robust and well-known interfaces.
    2) I have used GLIP for 5 years and have never experienced the loss of data. The “disappearance” of the message stream seems bizarre. The most likely explanation is user error — one of the team members inadvertently deleted messages, or deleted and recreated the team (which would reset the messages).
    3) No mention is made of interoperability in the article. GLIP has one of the best and feature rich mobile applications.
    4) GLIP’s primary market is corporate, where the users will have the same domain for emails. Therefore, GLIP automatically creates a team for emails on the same domain, and treats those with the same domain as “co-workers.” Any number of teams can also be created by inviting “guests” with different email domains to join a team. There is no restriction on the number of guests that can be added.
    5) Last, and most important, unlike the competition, GLIP is virtually free to use. The only practical restriction is 500 minutes (over 8 hours) of video conference per user per month. Most users will never need to consider the $5/mo paid account. The full version GLIP is also included in the RIngCentral Office VOIP phone plans which start at $25/user(line).

    • Hi Joe,
      Thank you for the detailed feedback. We will definitely take it into consideration. We are glad you read our blog!

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    • Hi Botulf,
      Thanks for the suggestion! We might actually get to review their solution and add their tool to our chart as well.

      • Hello, Please let me know if you need help getting started with Mattermost. We’d love to be included in the review.

        • Hi Leah, thanks for reaching out to me. Sure thing, I’ll get in touch with you for more details. Have a great day!

    • Hi Donald,

      We are glad to hear that you want to try our team chat app. Please share your feedback about Chanty.

  • Thanks for the tips. We will be reviewing Chanty soon. Alternatives to the big name brands are what we specialize and with it being 75% more affordable we can’t wait to test it out.

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