Top Group Chat Apps for Business
Communication is the key to everything. At Samepage we like to say great conversations lead to great content. Unfortunately, in today's world of flexible work schedules and distributed teams, it can be difficult to have the informal conversations that help move work forward. There are a number of chat applications to help you communicate no matter where your colleagues are.
Slack is the top group chat app for business if you're measuring by hype. Just about everyone is familiar with the platform, so I won't take too much time covering it here. Slack's interface is straightforward with channels and users on the left-hand side. You can set up the channels as you like giving your team lots of flexibility.
And who doesn't love Slackbot? Slack's party piece is the openness of the platform. Dev teams love that they can build custom integrations for Slack. And for large organizations Slack recently released their Slack Enterprise Grid, which allows administrators to connect and administer several Slack instances across an organization.
As an alternative to proprietary SaaS messaging, Mattermost brings all your team communication into one place, making it searchable and accessible anywhere. It’s written in Golang and React and runs as a production-ready Linux binary under an MIT license with either MySQL or Postgres.
Ryver set their sights on Slack from day 1. Ryver is designed for Slack users - just about all of the functionality in Slack is there - but it's 100% free. There are no premium versions, no tiers, no tricks, just free team chat.
Besides being free, Ryver offers threaded topical discussions that they say help teams cut through the flood of messages on other services and have more productive conversations.
If you're already using Yammer it's probably because you work for a PC shop... not that there's anything wrong with that. Yammer is Microsoft's team chat platform.
It's best for those already using Office 365. That's pretty much all there is to it.