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Instant Messaging Tools

Sometimes you don’t need to schedule a meeting to come to a decision. These tools help streamline team communications and support remote workers.

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Slack

Slack is where work flows. It's where the people you need, the information you share, and the tools you use come together to get things done

PRICING

Free tier available. Paid accounts start from £6.30 per user/per month

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Key Features

  • Brings all your team's communication together in one shared location
  • Native voice and video calls with screen sharing is built in
  • Create public and private channels

Great for

  • Communicate with your colleagues by using instant messages
  • Share documents instantly
  • Slack indexes the content of every shared file so you can search within PDFs, Word documents and Google Drive files
  • Slack integrates with many 3rd party apps so you can bring them into your Slack channels

Be aware that

  • The free tier is limited to 5GB of storage
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Mattermost

Open source, private cloud Slack-alternative, Workplace messaging for web, PCs and phones. MIT-licensed. Hundreds of contributors. 14 languages. Secure, configurable, and scalable from teams to the enterprise

PRICING

Free tier available. Paid accounts start from $3.25 per user/per month (billed annually)

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Key Features

  • Workplace messaging with search and integrations
  • 1-1 and group messaging
  • Compliance reporting is available

Great for

  • Share files with team members
  • Advanced security is available, you can enable Multi-factor authentication and encrypted push notifications
  • Centrally manage thousands of users and hundreds of teams with advanced synchronization and automation of users and roles

Be aware that

  • Does not support video or phone calls from within the platform
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Ryver

Ryver is world-class team communication + a powerful Task Manager. Ryver can convert chats into trackable tasks so that talk gets converted into real work

PRICING

Free tier available. Paid accounts start from $99 per month (unlimted users)

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Key Features

  • Combines chat functions with task assignments
  • Flat fee payment model with unlimited users and features
  • Create private and public chat channels

Great for

  • Assigning tasks in the same tool as you use to communicate
  • Add an unlimited amount of users to your account
  • Integrate with 3rd party tools like Zapier and Gmail
  • Invite guests to enter certain chat channels

Be aware that

  • The free tier is limited to 6 users
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Flock

Flock, the best team communication app & online collaboration platform, comes with team messaging, project management and other great features that improve productivity and boost speed of execution

PRICING

Free tier available. Paid accounts start from $5 per user/per month

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Key Features

  • Create group or individual chat channels
  • Share attachments with your team
  • Video and audio calls are included on Flock

Great for

  • Creating polls for your team members
  • Share files and attachments
  • Send snippets of code to your team members
  • Mute specific channels so that you do not receive notifications

Be aware that

  • The free tier is limited to 5GB of storage
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