(Published on May 30, 2019 | Updated on June 22, 2020)
When it comes to workplace collaboration, none does it better than Slack. It’s got an almost flawless interface and some really great features.
Slack is owned by Stewart Butterfield, the same person who founded Flickr. And despite its awesome features, the software has its downsides too.
For one, the desktop application eats up a lot of storage space. The number of messages can also be too overwhelming to a point that it becomes a distraction. Important messages get buried by all the new ones and most of the time, it’s almost impossible to find them.
Also, how secure is slack? Unlike other popular messaging apps, it doesn’t have an end-to-end encryption signal. This means that all its encryptions are controlled by its administrators. They can look at and go through your messages whenever they want to. So, obviously, passing on sensitive information is quite risky.
Slack’s Plus version which has features suitable for businesses requiring SSO and Compliance Exports costs as much as $15 per person per month. It’s not the most expensive there is but its certainly on the upper end of the spectrum. There are lots of other great project management software with similar features at less than half the price.
So if you’re on the lookout for other workplace communication tools, here are the best Slack alternatives for 2020 you should check out:
This platform comes in handy when your team is already using various other collaboration tools by Google. You can easily integrate this with Google Drive, Docs and Calendar among others. It’s also compatible with ZenDesk, UberConference, and HipChat. Aside from instant messaging, it also allows video conferencing and in-app location sharing using Google Maps.
Google Hangouts is completely free. But if you’re planning to avail of the whole Google Business Suite bundle, be prepared to shed around $3 to $25 a month per user.
If your team is fond of using Facebook, Microsoft Yammer’s interface will be familiar. It functions more like a social media site than a messaging app.
You can create individual groups within the platform which facilitates faster collaboration. Its instant messaging feature allows the archiving of conversations and secured file sharing.
Microsoft is offering it as a standalone product or as part of the Office 365 bundle.
3. Zoho Connect
Zoho, one of the best slack alternatives for 2020, lets you connect with your teammates in real-time. Its interface looks more like a social media site with a live activity feed. Like Yammer, you can create distinct groups where members can participate in a live discussion. It also has a Calendar view which lets you manage and sync all your events. It’s currently being offered at $1 per user per month for the first 100 users.
Fleep’s main advantage over other Slack alternatives on this list is that it lets you communicate with both Fleep and non-Fleep users from other organizations. Its email integration feature makes it possible. Apart from that, it also has a lot of built-in project management features that let you manage tasks more easily.
The basic version is available for free while the business version starts at €5.
This is an open-source software which means its entirely free. You can also customize it to better suit your team’s needs. Unlike Slacks, Rocket.Chat lets you send voice messages and do video conferencing. It also has a help desk chat your teammates can make use of.
If you’re looking for a Slack-like interface but with advanced features, Flock is for you. In addition to instant messaging, it lets you do audio calls or video chat both as a team or to individual members.
File sharing has never been more convenient too with its drag and drop interface. Retrieving shared files is also a lot easier as you can always search for them whenever the need arises.
A free version is available for small teams and includes up to 10k messages and 10GB file storage for the whole group.
Watch your email transform into a real-time collaboration platform. You can message the team directly from your email and interact with them in real-time. Headers and email signatures are removed so you won’t have to deal with endless dizzying message threads.
It’s free for personal use but businesses have to shell out $5.99 per user per month.
Workzone is basically a project management app with collaboration tools thrown in. Apart from file sharing, users can also leave comments on the tasks posted. It has a calendar and to-do lists for the whole team which helps you easily monitor projects and stick to deadlines. It also got a one-touch button for instant messaging.
It’s much like Slack except that it’s got a lot of other additional features. With Glip, you can do both personal and group video chat, screen sharing and integrate third-party applications. You can also use it on any device which makes it more convenient if you’re out of the office most of the time.
At $49 per month for up to 12 users, Ryver offers unlimited messages, video chat, and data sharing and integration with no ads. It’s an efficient collaboration software best recommended for large enterprises.
How about you? Do you have anything to add to this list of best Slack alternatives for 2020? What do you wish you had known about Slack before using? Tell us in the comments!
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Judy Ponio has extensive experience in both private and public firms where she learned the ins and outs of the corporate world. She now shares that accumulated knowledge in this blog.