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Top 10 Team Chat Apps (as of December 2018) For Business Communication

Team Chat Apps (as of December 2018)
posted on 14th December 2018
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The Scottish-American business magnate Andrew Carnegie once said that teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

He couldn’t have been more precise because time and again teamwork has proved to increase the efficiency of projects by distributing the workload so that great results are achieved on time and with quality. However, hiring skilled resources is just the beginning of building a good team.

Once a team is created, an organization needs to provide the teams the platforms and resources to make their collaboration continuous. Besides providing good equipment and facility, there has to be a forum or medium where ideas can be exchanged and peer reviews can be sought.

And that is exactly where instant business chat apps need to be deployed.

Team chat apps are carved out to provide functionalities essential for communication in team projects.

However, choosing the right business chat app among the hoard of such apps can be a tedious task involving a lot of time.

Therefore, to save time–the most precious possession these days–we’ll provide an overview of some of the best chat apps that businesses should deploy for better communication in team projects.


Troop Messenger

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troop_messenger


It has recently entered the market and has a load of weapons in its arsenal for the most effective team collaboration.

It not only allows teams to exchange digital information but also has a feature that allows managers and team leads to monitor those chats by checking the contribution of team members.

It is one of the most secure chat apps, which also offers a colossal storage of 1 TB. The best part about Troop Messenger is that it is free for download in Android and iOS


HipChat

hipchat
hipchat


It is gradually becoming very popular for team collaboration because it allows sharing files from a variety of HipChat apps for web, mobile, or desktop computers.

Besides,

it also allows embedding photos and other types of media. It offers unlimited one-to-one chat and 5 GB storage for free and group video chat and other advanced features such as group screen sharing from $2 per user per month. It also offers unlimited storage in this plan.


Campfire/Basecamp

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basecamp


The campfire was merged with Basecamp sometime back but continues to offer some of the best features for team projects.

It is considered as a group chat tool for Internet-based companies by allowing managers to assign tasks, group notes, and download files.

Besides, it also offers regular chat features such as group chat and conference calls.

It is priced at only $99 a month, and whether one has a team of 5 or 50, that price doesn’t change.


Google Chat/Hangouts

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google-hangouts


Since a long time, Google Chat has been allowing people to communicate and collaborate without any charge.

However, there were some privacy concerns, and therefore, it was often less preferred for internal communication. It offers chat features such as one-to-one chats and allows a total of 9 participants in group chats in its free subscription plan.

An enterprise version of hangouts is called Hangouts Meet and its subscription plans start from $5 per month per user.


Grove IRC

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grove


One of the newer startups, Grove is a private IRC (Internet Relay Chat) host, which manages chat rooms.

It allows the use of a desktop or mobile client to help a user to connect to a company’s server. It can be used for private as well as group chats.

Its subscription is free for up to 5 users and goes as high as $125 per month for up to 50 users.


Redbooth

redbooth
redbooth


Previously known as Teambox, Redbooth is an instant messaging app for business.

Besides offering the features of group chats, file sharing, and conference calls, it also offers features such as delegate and assigns tasks for project management.

It has a free subscription plan that allows companies with less than 10 users to run their account for free, indefinitely.

This plan offers a 2 GB file storage space and supports up to 2 workspaces.


Flowdock

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flowdock


Branded as a team inbox with chat, Flowdock is available to download on mobile devices as well as desktops.

It provides group chat conversation in the form of threads and also allows for one-to-one flows. It also provides a tagging functionality to group threads together for easy filtering.

For video conferencing, it invokes its appear.in feature. It is free for up to 5 users indefinitely.

For more than 5 uses it offers a 30-day free trial plan.


Stride

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stride


It is from the same team that built HipChat and offers similar functionalities as HipChat.

The difference between the two is that unlike HipChat it is not self-hosted but offers additional features such as converting chat into a to-do list. It offers the many essential features of instant chatting such as file sharing, screen sharing, group chats, and conference calls.

Its free subscription plan supports an unlimited number of users and a total of 5 GB of storage space.


Telegram

Telegram
Telegram


It is a cloud-based instant messenger that offers all the essential features such as group chat, one-on-one chats, and file sharing, among other features.

One of its advantages is unlike many of the other chat tools, it does not ask the user to manually set up a chat backup; it does so automatically.

Its free subscription plan supports 3 users, 10 scheduled messages, with up to 2 recurrences and a maximum of 5 minutes of time lag.


Podio

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podio


A product by Citrix, Podio is considered as a full backend management suite. It allows users to keep all their content, context, and conversations in one place.

Besides the regular chat features, it also offers integration with other products such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Zendesk.

Its free subscription plan offers only task management, apps, and workspaces, but to enjoy the actual features of Podio, one has to shell out around $24 a month!


Conclusion

These team chat apps can help an organization to maintain great teams by providing seamless interaction regardless of geographic boundaries and time zones. They help in enhancing productivity, economize on the costs of communication as well as drastically reduce time to accomplish projects.

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Mohsin Ansari

Md Mohsin Ansari is the Digital Marketing Analyst at Troop Messenger - a business messenger that comes with all the requisite features. It is a viable Slack alternative that is spreading its wings across all industries by bringing all the internal communication at one place. Mohsin is accountable for analyzing the market trends, demographics, and dealing with all promotional and media channels.

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