What are the alternatives to Slack?

Slack remains one of the best known collaborative communication platforms. Slack has been around since 2014 and facilitates teamwork with its many features: group messages, voice and video calls, private messages, file exchange and sharing, group channels and more. But Slack is certainly not the only collaborative communication platform on the market, there are even many platforms on the market.

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> Rocket Chat, a customizable chat program

Rocket Chat is one of the best open source and free tools, it is an alternative to Slack and is ideal for companies who want to host their own instant messaging service!

It has many features, such as audio and video conferencing, screen sharing, live chat, voicemail, unlimited interface customization, link preview… And this tool even includes automatic translation in more than 35 languages!

Price: The basic version of Rocket Chat is free. On the other hand, to benefit from more advanced features, you will have to pay 3€ per user, per month.

> Fleep, for centralized and transparent communication between employees

If you don’t want to rely on email for your internal communication, try Fleep, one of the most widely used alternatives to Slack.

Fleep combines messaging features with tools such as group chat, audio and video calling, screen sharing option, “light” task manager, important message marker, image and document backup, etc…

Fleep can easily integrate with other plugins, APIs and applications such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Trello, or even JIRA, for file sharing. Not to mention the fact that it is compatible on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows as well.

Price: the basic version of Fleep is free. On the other hand, to benefit from more advanced features, you will have to pay 5€ per user, per month.

> Stride, for team communication

Designed by the software publisher Atlassian, Stride is a chat software that works on the principle of thematic “rooms”.

Like the alternatives to Slack, the tool looks like it, it consists of instant messaging, voice and video calls. Stride however focuses a lot on the productivity aspect and offers the option “Actions and decisions”, it is very efficient to ensure the follow-up and keep a traceability of your decision making. The “focus mode” (similar to Slack’s “do not disturb” mode), on the other hand, allows you to focus on a specific task by cutting off notifications.

Price: Stride’s free formula gives unlimited access to all exchange functionalities, as well as 5GB of memory and 25,000 messages.

> Ryver, the messaging software for the enterprise

Ryver offers a combination of all the essential functionality of a good internal com’ software: group messaging, intuitive task management, workflow automation, unlimited file sharing, audio and video calling, thematic discussion.

With Ryver, you have your chats, files and emails all in one place. You can access it from any platform: Mac, Windows, Linux or Android.

Price: Ryver works as a package depending on the size of the team: $49 per month for 1 to 12 users, $99 per month for more than 13 users. The enterprise version is available starting at $399 per month.

> Mattermost, the team messaging tool

Mattermost is another collaborative tool in SaaS mode, which includes the main features of Slack: file sharing, chat channels, instant messaging, comment threads, etc… And is available in French! In its free version, Mattermost gives access to unlimited storage space and integration.

Also, the software is self-hosted, which allows it to secure all your private projects.

The integration is a little less provided than Slack’s: Mattermost only integrates with about fifty applications (including Github, Trello, and Jira), compared to a few thousand for Slack!

> Flock, the cross-platform service

With Flock, employees from the same company can work efficiently together, even remotely. All on an intuitive and very nice interface! Features include group chat, audio and video conferencing, file sharing, guest account addition, one-way announcement channels. Flock isn’t much different from Slack except maybe you can turn a discussion into a task by creating to-Do lists for you and your team.

Price: Flock is available in both free and paid versions. However, to take advantage of the broader features, count $3 per person per month (which is cheaper than Slack for relatively similar options).

> Microsoft Teams, the chat group by Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Teams is the ultimate tool for collaboration between team members from any device (PC, tablet or smartphone).

With Teams, you benefit from a chat group, integration through Office 365 applications, audio and video chat and thematic conversations. With this even more pleasant: it allows you to schedule all your meetings!

All these tools, combined with Microsoft’s expertise, make it a complete and powerful collaboration tool for both startups and SMEs.

In terms of price, Microsoft Teams is freemium for up to 300 users (for basic features) and from $6 per month for more advanced features.Slack remains one of the best known collaborative communication platforms. Slack has been around since 2014 and facilitates teamwork with its many features: group messages, voice and video calls, private messages, file exchange and sharing, group channels and more. But Slack is certainly not the only collaborative communication platform on the market, there are even many platforms on the market.

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