The Top 10 Slack Alternatives for Small Businesses

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Update 6/28/2018: This piece has been updated to add new Slack alternatives and to remove communication tools that no longer make the cut.

For the Boomer generation, freedom meant car ownership. They shrugged off their overbearing parents and zipped around the country in Impalas, Mustangs, and Cortinas. Boomers coveted the open road, independence, and even disconnection.

For Millennials, liberation is access to the internet.

Millennials, as a community-oriented generation, tend to be plugged in at all times. For a majority of young people, being completely disconnected for an undefined period of time is terrifying—and it’s not just disconnection from the internet, but disconnection from their peers.

Slack alternativesGiven that Millennials now make up a majority of the workforce, it’s no wonder that online communication tools have reached new heights.

Project management software companies such as Asana and Crocagile are dedicated to rethinking email. “Social media” is not just a household word but an essential networking phenomenon.

And chat? Be it for personal or for business use, chat has evolved far since the days of AOL Instant Messenger.

The big daddy in business chat is Slack—so much so that a reviewer from The New York Times wrote:

“Slack has a few unusual features that make it perfectly suited for work, including automatic archiving of all your interactions, a good search engine and the ability to work across just about every device you use. Because it is hosted online and is extremely customizable, Slack is also easy for corporate technology departments to set up and maintain. These features have helped turn Slack into one of the fastest-growing business applications in history.”

Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times

Slack is not only highly effective at what it does—becoming a crossover success with Millennials who use it to go seamlessly from discussing business projects to chatting about “Game of Thrones”—but it even offers a robust free version.

It’s no wonder Slack has cornered much of the collaboration software market.

For now.

Slack offers more features than some teams may want to deal with, even in the free version, and the cost to upgrade ($8 per user, per month when billed monthly) may strain the budget of smaller organizations.

Innovation breeds further innovation, and Slack alternatives that address those concerns are emerging more quickly than Apple fans on iPhone release day.

10 free Slack alternatives for simple collaboration

With hundreds of chat options, I distilled the top Slack alternatives using these parameters.

Each top Slack competitor must:

    • Offer a free option


    • Cost less than Slack to upgrade to the least expensive paid version


    • Be scalable to accommodate at least 500 users


    • Work well for small and midsize businesses (though may have options for enterprise companies)


  • Offer an iOS and an Android app

With that in mind, I compiled the top Slack alternatives that meet those parameters.

The products are listed in order of upgrade cost per user (least to most expensive).

1. Rocket.Chat

iOS | Android

A screenshot of channels and chat with memberAn active chat with channels and members list in Rocket.Chat (Source)

Rocket.Chat, the Brazil-based collaboration tool, is designed for “communities and companies wanting to privately host their own chat service or for developers looking forward to build and evolve their own chat platforms,” according to their LinkedIn profile.

The app itself is open source, with more than 850 developers contributing to the project. Because it’s open source, that also means that you’ll never have to pay a dime for Rocket.Chat, and you’ll always have the fully featured version without any limitations.

The downside to open source is that you can’t call up customer service if you’re having an issue with Rocket.Chat (though you can seek help in the online forums on GitHub) and the project is constantly under construction.

Rocket.Chat has pretty much every feature Slack has and positions itself as a Slack alternative, but if you find a feature that is missing, you can request it on GitHub.

A cool bonus feature on Rocket.Chat is real-time automatic translation in more than 35 languages. That same feature requires a plug-in on Slack.

Upgrade cost: Completely free

Notable integrations: GitHub, Zapier

2. Fleep

iOS | Android

A Fleep discussion about Project Grudly running on a tabletA Fleep discussion about Project Grudly running on a tablet (Source)

Fleep may have a whimsical name, but it’s a serious communication tool. In fact, the Estonian company calls its product “an ideal way to communicate.”

While many of these tools set out to replace email or make it obsolete, Fleep recognizes that email isn’t really going anywhere anytime soon. So instead of trying to ignore that email exists, Fleep integrates with it—similar to Google Hangouts in Gmail—allowing users to Fleep chat with each other from their email inbox.

That’s not the only way Fleep looks to open more lines of communication. Fleep is an open network, so users can chat with other Fleep users regardless of their platform, organization, or team. You can even Fleep non-Fleep users, as long as you have their email address. They’ll just get your Fleep as an email.

The free version even includes unlimited conversations and full message history. The team is still working on a built-in personal task management tool for the paid version.

Upgrade cost: 5 euros per month, for unlimited users (about $5.90 per month)

Notable integrations: Toggl, Jira

3. Stride

iOS | Android

Preparing to mute distractions like the Muting distractions such as the “this is fine” dog in Stride (Source)

Not to be confused with the “ridiculously long-lasting” sugarfree gum of the same name, Stride is a new (2017) collaboration app from Atlassian, the software development team behind project management tools Jira and Trello.

Group chat is the centerpiece of Stride, with rooms in place of Slack’s channels. You also get group video chat, even in the free version.

One of Stride’s biggest standouts is the “Actions and Decisions” feature, which allows users to pin milestones to the sidebar. When other users click on those highlights, they are whisked to the exact point in the chat where those decisions were made, helping cut through the clutter.

Because it’s so new, some users report that Stride is still working out bugs that cause occasional crashes. Still, Stride makes a lot of sense for current Atlassian users, and it packs so much into the free version that collaboration tool shoppers should at least give it a spin.

Upgrade cost: $3 per user, per month

Notable integrations: Bitbucket, Google Calendar

4. Flock

iOS | Android

A screenshot of the full Flock interfaceA screenshot of a chat with the design team in Flock (Source)

Flock was designed to help teams cut down on email and foster more lightweight, on-the-fly communication. Sound familiar?

Like Slack, Flock also lets users form team channels, send instant messages, and share files.

So what makes Flock different? Flock offers videoconferencing calls for up to four users for 20 minutes, even in the free version.

On the downside, some users find that Flock’s bots and automated text and email notifications can become a bit much and are tricky to turn off.

Flock is best for small teams that are looking to test the waters with a user-friendly collaboration tool and that also need group video chats for four people or fewer.

Bonus: Flock even has an integration that lets you order an Uber from within the app.

Upgrade cost: $3 per user, per month

Notable integrations: Asana, Uber

5. Ryver

iOS | Android

A user composes a Post in a Public Relations team channel on RyverA user composes a post in a public relations team channel on Ryver (Source)

If Slack focused on third parties—such as vendors, partners, contractors, advisers, and investors—instead of solely internal teams, it would probably look a lot more similar to Ryver. With no limitations on members and guests, Ryver includes plenty of room for expansion both internally (collaborators) and externally (clients, freelancers).

Ryver is a versatile communication system. Since the free version comes with unlimited messages, posts, teams, forums, and storage, it’s a good fit for smaller businesses that need a flexible tool they can grow into without blowing the budget. There is also the option to upgrade for custom invite messages and more task users.

Though Ryver largely targets small and midsize companies, they are planning on pushing out more enterprise features in the first half of 2018, such as SSO, full audit history tracking, and retention policies.

Upgrade cost: $19 per five users, per month (about $3.80 per user, per month)

Notable integrations: Zapier

6. (HyperOffice Collaboration)

iOS | Android

Screenshots on web and mobile of the video chat and’s video chat and collaboration on web and mobile (Source)

Don’t let’s “free trial” verbiage scare you off—their “free trial” is really a free version with no time restrictions. (We clarified that for this article, but if that’s not your experience, please let us know in the comments!)

If your company wanes closer to the “midsize” side of small and midsize businesses (SMBs), check out Their free version offers three shared workspaces, 90 meeting minutes, and 5 GB of storage.

The platform largely focuses on insurance, real estate, and auto companies—in other words, companies that benefit from discretion and mobility. As such, offers SSL encryption, two-factor authentication, biometric authentication, and device management.

It doesn’t offer many integrations and relies on an “app builder” for plug-ins (though, it does integrate with essential digital asset management products such as Dropbox and Google Drive). That said, it’s a fully functioning communication and productivity tool, with calendars, contacts, tasks, document management, and notes, so there may not be much reason to use integrations at all.

Upgrade cost: $50 per user, per year (about $4.16 per user, per month)

Notable integrations: OneDrive, Box

7. Wimi

iOS | Android

A screenshot of a conversation with file attachments in WimiA conversation with file attachments in Wimi (Source)

Wimi set out to take the best of what Slack and its alternatives have to offer and made its own complete project management system. With major brands such as Sephora, Shazam, and Tesla trusting Wimi with their project management and communication needs, it’s clear that the app is doing something right.

Wimi offers threaded messaging, videoconferencing, and advanced document management and editing features (such as file versioning, workflow approvals, and tags). It also offers a huge number of integrations, including MailChimp, Slack, Asana, Trello, Jira, GitHub, and Freshdesk, and it also offers an open API and SAML V2.

The biggest gripe from reviewers is that Wimi’s mobile app is missing some key features, such as full calendar access.

Though Wimi’s free version offers unlimited messages and 10 GB of storage, it only allows for three participants, which could obviously be limiting.

For $5 per user, per month, though, you can upgrade to 10 TB of storage, unlimited projects, unlimited guests, and file sharing. If you like what you’re getting in the free version but need to expand, that’s certainly a worthwhile business expense.

Upgrade cost: $5 per user, per month

Notable integrations: Basecamp, Skype

8. Twist

iOS | Android

A screenshot showing the Twist collaboration tool in action, with users discussing work on an About Us page and a team retreatUsers discussing work on an About Us page and a team retreat on Twist (Source)

TechCrunch writes that, “Twist is Slack without the annoying distractions.”

Doist, the company behind Todoist (which is useful for practitioners of Getting Things Done), took some of Slack’s cornerstone features, such as threaded messaging, searchable history, and piles of free integrations.

Twist has a clean interface that is easy to jump right into, according to reviewers, and the free version comes with up to five integrations and 5 GB of total file storage.

In the free version, users can search only within the past month’s chat history—a limitation that can affect scalability. Additionally, Twist doesn’t offer videoconferencing or document management, so it’s best suited for small and midsize businesses that already have tools to meet those needs.

Upgrade cost: $5 per user, per month

Notable integrations:, Bindle


iOS | Android

The JANDI app operating on a laptop, Android, and iPhone devicesThe JANDI app operating on a laptop, Android, and iPhone devices (Source)

You might not have heard of JANDI yet, but it’s growing in popularity, with more than 100,000 installs on Android alone. This Korean company won Qualcomm Incorporated’s fifth QPrize competition.

JANDI was developed in Korea with an Asian audience in mind, but it offers fully translated English versions (including English tutorials and live chat). The app is filled with Aeni, or Korean animation characters, and references to KakaoTalk (South Korea’s most popular messaging platform), LINE (a popular Japanese communication app), and WeChat (a Chinese multipurpose messaging app).

But the same reasons that make JANDI a hit overseas—reliability, easy interface, and useful integrations—still hold true for North American users, and JANDI CEO Daniel Chan says that the development team is looking to expand into “new international markets (to) maintain good trajectory.”

JANDI emphasizes integrations with IT/developer and communication apps such as Zapier, Jira, and Dropbox, and offers videoconferencing.

The free version allows only one team admin and 15,000 messages. That might sound like a lot, but with up to 500 team members, those messages go quickly. This cap on message storage may prompt small and large organizations alike to upgrade to the second-tier plan, unless the company doesn’t mind losing its messages.

Upgrade cost: $5 per user, per month

Notable integrations: Dropbox, GitHub, JIRA, Trello, Google Calendar, Webhooks

10. Quip

iOS | Android

A screenshot of a busy user interface in QuipCollaborating in Quip (Source)

Quip is more than just a communication tool; it’s a full-suite, free collaboration software. Boasting clientele such as Facebook, Instagram, and EA Games, Quip has increased its profile since being acquired by Salesforce in 2016.

Reviewers find Quip to be reliable with a sleek interface, making it a great Slack alternative for those who just want to get stuff done.

Spanning industries—from HR to IT to sales to production—Quip’s target audience is simply teams. Scaling from small business to enterprise, Quip offers security (SOC 2 and SAML-based SSO), document management (uses a Google Docs-like commenting system to keep everyone on track), and unlimited chat history. Yes, even in the free version.

Quip’s greatest weaknesses include a lack of videoconferencing ability, a relatively high price point for what it offers, and an interface that some users find a bit clumsy.

The basic layout is much more reminiscent of Dropbox than Slack, so if you use Dropbox or a free Dropbox alternative to manage your work, then you should like Quip.

Upgrade cost: $30 per month for a team of five

Notable integrations: Giphy, Stripe

To Slack or not to Slack

Slack is one of the world’s top collaboration tools for a reason: it’s fun, reliable, and easy to use. But it also packs in a lot of features—more than some organizations will likely need. The cost to upgrade ($8 per user, per month) for features such as unlimited message search and group video calls might be a little high for smaller organizations. Hopefully these alternatives gave you a good overview of some of the simpler options that are out there for a little less.

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Tried Bitrix24 and Fleep. Liking both a lot. I am going to go on a limb and say that these two are actually better than Slack

Glad you’re finding something that’s working for you!

Bitrix24 looks like a good middle ground between email, social network and Slack. As much as I hated Yammer, Slack gets too noisy fast. Will see if Bitrix24 sticks with us or not, but it looks quite promising.

Have you evaluated Socialcast by VMware? We’ve been using them for the past year or so and we’ve had a ton of success with it so far. The software itself is more of a fully built collaboration solution with a web, iOS, and Android app, but they have a dedicated app specifically for the chat feature on the roadmap for Q2. I would encourage anyone evaluating chat solutions to check it out. It’s pretty slick.

some of you guys mention bitrix24, which is on our org’s list as well, ’cause it show very promissing based on the free “trial” we gave it.
but I am a bit puzzled b/c I was unable to find almost any info about it on the web. meaning reaviews, comparisons, discussion, etc.. almost nothing. like nobody uses this thing, no matter how cheap and good it is, compared to it’s much more costly competitors.. :/
any ideas why is that?

Thank you very much for your great and helpfull job!

Hey, nice list. It seems i have to try Pie and Rocket.Chat. Never heard of them before 🙂
Up to now, i can recommend Mattermost ( as a free and open source alternative.

Another one that my team is using is mattermost. Its an open source slack like and we loved it.

I work with ThreadKM which combines team chat with visual work management (kanban boards) – and can be integrated with your system(s) of record (e.g. your DMS). All in secure SaaS or on-premise (all with powerful search). The combination of capabilities is compelling to users and leadership. For more see:

Hi – interesting article. Just wanted to add another alternative: Matrix ( is an open standard and we also provide open source, apache 2 licensed implementations for web, android and iOS.

The goal is for Matrix to connect together all the various communication services and make them interoperate – infact we already have a bridge to Slack!

Check it out today via any Matrix-client, for example Vector (

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How does something like Yammer ( fit into this?

Although I use Slack internally for communicating with members of my team, I have had a few clients who use as a tool for communicating.

It offers many of the features that Slack, and it’s competitors / alternatives have, while providing lots of integration for other tools of organization.

Here’s a short list of integration options from Glip:
– Trello
– GitHub
– Asana
– Box
– DoneDone
– Google Drive / Docs
– DropBox
– Evernote
– Hangouts
– Harvest
– Jira
– Mailchimp
– Stripe
– Zendesk
– BitBucket
– PagerDuty
– Zapier.

Honestly I’ve had great experiences with Glip, and honestly think it should have an honourable mention, or make the list if you decide to revise.

For features and integration with other products, or platforms, they have early developments for an Integration API and aim to provide a public API in the near future.

Great note! I’ll keep them in mind when I update on a few months 🙂

We used Slack for a few months, but we quickly outgrew it. has done a much better job at satisfying our real-time collaboration and project management needs.

If you need end-to-end encryption, Balboa ( is a good alternative.

Right now, it’s the only option out there that does E2E chat, files, voice and video.

We recently released ClearChat into public beta. It’s end-to-end encrypted messaging for teams, thats also fully authenticated.

Missed the link –

If anyone is interested into why Slack, HipChat etc are all unsecure, we give a great comparison here:

I’ll also mention that ClearChat support file uploads up to 100GB in size.

You might want to check out TMail21 (“Power Threads for Teams”) ( TMail21 is not strictly a Slack alternative, but rather complementary to Slack. While Slack is great for synchronous communication, TMail21 is focused on asynchronous communication. It also has a Slack integration that deeply integrates asynchronous threads with Slack chat.

Synchronous conversation is great, up to a point, but it gets overwhelming as the number of users rise as there are only so many conversations one can keep up with simultaneously and the conversations are spread across many groups, channels and chats in a non-threaded manner.

Hi Rachel,
Can you (or anyone else) suggest any group messaging apps that are free (for a group of 8 people) and have a French-language version?


In case someone from IT field is deeply involved in this issue, please list the free open source alternatives to Rocket.Chat that can be installed on the server. Which one have the best potential for now?

NONE of these alternatives has encryption. So what’s the point ?

+1 for Glip!

I use slack exclusively for my day job b/c that’s what my company uses. I’m working on two side projects, outside of work, and for both of them I use, and PREFER Glip. I often wish we would switch to Glip at work but don’t think that could ever happen. Our developers love slack.

Great list – I am testing HipChat and am interested in clear chat, but the site has very very little info. Actually, i’m trying to use it for 1- team of chefs and 2 – Australian immigration service. I may need 2 different platforms – any ideas for something free with – chat, conference, documents, website, IOS + Android and is actually secure? is a great option (

Does anybody know if any of those options offer the possibility to record and post audio messages right from inside the app? I know slack and hip chat don’t. But it would be an awesome feature to teach pronunciation in language learning. Thanks for your help!

[…] even after it’s occurred. Slack is the 800-pound gorilla in this domain, but there are plenty of options to choose […]

Great Post Rachel!

Would like to point here one more LAN Chat software Output Messenger ( ). This LAN Messenger has all required business communication features including One-to-One Chat, Group Chat, Chat Room, Announcement, Fastest File Transfer, Remote Desktop, Screen Sharing and Internal Mailing etc. Try it for free to know more about its features.

[…] POPULAR ALTERNATIVES: Email, Hipchat, Yammer and others on this list. […]

[…] POPULAR ALTERNATIVES: Email, Hipchat, Yammer and others on this list. […]

[…] POPULAR ALTERNATIVES: Email, Hipchat, Yammer and others on this list. […]

All of the alternatives are great, but all of them are lacking something very important- combination of messaging and Task management.
Workgroup ( lets you turn important messages into action items. So chat, automatically becomes an action plan.

The problem with task management, is that nobody likes to open tasks.
Work groups starts with an open discussion, and then lets group members turn messages into action items, and assign them to the right person, before moving on to the next subject.

We are currently using for our team communication. Part of the decision has been that they are based in Germany and offer an end-to-end encryption for sensitive data. In addition, the tool also offers task management, calendars etc.

[…] POPULAR ALTERNATIVES: Email, Hipchat, Yammer and others on this list. […]

My team uses Hubgets for both communication and collaboration. Before implementing it, there was a nightmare with all the notifications coming in all day long – very distracting to the point we all became terribly frustrated. When management decided to do something about this and tested several apps, they chose Hubgets.

It has a different approach to communication between people inside a team from other tools I previously used, but what I like most is this presence setting nobody else has – when you set it up, based on some crazy algorithms the app doesn’t disturb you if you are busy working in a different browser window or if you are on the phone. Afterwards, when you free yourself up, you can check all the messages you received in DM, group chats or those your colleagues posted on the team board.

For me, life at work became much better with this tweak and somehow it also improved the way we communicate as a team.

Where is Zoho Connect?

You may also want to check out Gridle ( for all your team communication needs. It claims to bring together all forms of communication possible on internet today in one cloud based simple and beautiful environment. Takes care of your tasks, files, chats and video calls along with projects, teams and stuff!

So full disclosure, these guys are clients, but I came across a tool called FASTEE recently that’s genuinely impressive – lots of integrations, AI facilitated, encryption, all that good stuff. Check them out:

Not sure if you can turn chats into tasks though, like in Workgroup. That does sound cool.

Any update? Ms. Burger said she’d rewrite this article in a few months.

This post was updated in October 2016 :).

What about Microsoft Teams? Comes with Office 365… if you use that it might be an alternative, since it integrates well with the rest of the office stuff. is another tool which lets you communicate through chats, files, audio-video conference, tasks within teams and individuals. Its free forever for teams upto 5 without any message or file storage restriction. Here is a blog comparing both the platforms

I found another beast which has a list of must features + a robust & secured chat.

Gotta love the Millennial bashing at the top of the article. Top notch writing there.

Hi there. Thanks for your comment. I’m a little concerned about the “Millennial bashing” that you’ve brought up. As someone who’s spent a good deal of her career advocating for Millennials in the workplace, I’m curious how you would recommend altering the intro to be more inclusive–it certainly wasn’t written with the intention of a negative tone.

Some full articles on Millennials that I’ve written which may be of interest:

I look forward to your feedback!


Great article Rachel! Lot’s of good alternatives to Slack.

I would add Hibox to the list:

It offers a great chat interface but it’s integrated with task management and videoconferencing and has it’s own virtual assistant.

Give it a look 🙂



QuasselClient and QuasselCore are arguably the most useful IRC packages. Much lighter weight, older and more mature than any of the above, and easy to set up, and unlike any of the above: open source. If you have a good version control, wiki and bug tracking software, you’ll never need more than IRC for chat and Quassel keeps the history.

Great article! Have tried Hip chat & betrix, really helps. Wanted to add another tool for readers, which is completely for free and will always be. The name is Free unlimited chat, group chat, audio video conference, file sharing & storage. No limit on members, storage or history. Works like a charm! Hope you find this helpful!

Have you tried Cisco Spark? It has changed the way I work.

[…] it may seem that Slack alternatives are Skype or Viber, for example, there are many unique features that make this tool stand out among […]

I currently think that the combo Slack (for internal communication) + (for external communication) is a very powerful combo to handle communication on a global perspective. I don’t think any of the tools you are referring to are having any ecosystem comparable to the Slack app directory ecosystem.

Fair point. But when folks are looking for Slack competitors, Slack’s integrations aren’t necessarily the first thing that they’re targeting.

Hey! I really liked the article and for the knowledge of the readers, I wanted to add Flock to the list for I have been using it a lot these days in my team.
1. Flock is Free
2. Flock’s main features – direct and group messaging, video/audio calling and screen sharing, native apps, Flock App Store
3. Multilingual support (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian)
4. Social proof – used by 25,000+ companies across the world

[…] are observing a shift from existing project management software to collaboration software, like Slack and its alternatives.  Given that Millennials now make up a majority of the workforce, it’s no wonder that online […]

Use it works on windows, mac, linux, android, iphone etc…No login and ephemere.

Great review,

I tried some of described but so far I ll stick with Gettick, there is more tools so far. Why you did not include this service to your comparation? I would be interested about your opinion.

thank you.


I’m looking for a platform that enables staff both internal and external to my organization to participate. Do any of these have that capability? If not, do you know any that do?

A couple of months ago, I was put under difficult decision to find a better app than Slack or to stick to it and not like it. Eventually, I take the first road. I looked and tried some but I ended up with Brosix. I liked it because as an Admin I had all the correspondence saved, provided my colleagues with the chance to send files and chat securely, I offered them a new way to share ideas with Whiteboard and many more. We have paid for the whole year ahead and we not only found a better option for us, but also saved a lot of money in comparison to Slack.

Hello Rachel – thanks for the post, I found it very useful. There are some great alternatives on the list. We’ve recently launched a productivity and collaboration platform called Crugo. – We have also listed why we’re a great alternative to slack here: We would love to be able to get the chance to be listed and reviewed by you. I look forward to hearing from you.

I would recommend Brosix. It is an excellent alternative of Slack . I personally use it in my company and could say that it has improved office communication to the level I did not know it existed. It offers full set of features like File transfer, video call, co-browse and many,many more. Another very important thing about it is the high security it offers – 256-bit encryption.

Hi Rachel,

Just wanted to add a name on the list!

It’s called JANDI and currently, it is focusing on the East/Southeast Asian market

It really differentiates itself with the UI, because it is alot familiar to the popular group chatting applications such as KakaoTalk, WeChat, and Naver’s Line.

It has the integrations: Outgoing Webhook, Google Calendar, RSS feed subscription, Trello, JIRA, GitHub, BitBucket and Incoming Webhook

and it is a freeminium SaaS with 5GB provided to free users

[…] and Capterra, Rachel Burger, agrees. “Many workers are already used to collaboration tools like Slack and its alternatives. To them, particularly millennial workers, formal project management software, like Microsoft […]

[…] Capterra, Rachel Burger, agrees. “Many workers are already used to collaboration tools like Slack and its alternatives. To them, particularly millennial workers, formal project management software, like Microsoft […]

[…] and Capterra, Rachel Burger, agrees. “Many workers are already used to collaboration tools like Slack and its alternatives. To them, particularly millennial workers, formal project management software, like Microsoft […]

[…] and Capterra, Rachel Burger, agrees. “Many workers are already used to collaboration tools like Slack and its alternatives. To them, particularly millennial workers, formal project management software, like Microsoft […]

[…] and Capterra, Rachel Burger, agrees. “Many workers are already used to collaboration tools like Slack and its alternatives. To them, particularly millennial workers, formal project management software, like Microsoft […]

[…] Capterra, Rachel Burger, agrees. “Many workers are already used to collaboration tools like Slack and its alternatives. To them, particularly millennial workers, formal project management software, like Microsoft […]

[…] and Capterra, Rachel Burger, agrees. “Many workers are already used to collaboration tools like Slack and its alternatives. To them, particularly millennial workers, formal project management software, like Microsoft […]

[…] and Capterra, Rachel Burger, agrees. “Many workers are already used to collaboration tools like Slack and its alternatives. To them, particularly millennial workers, formal project management software, like Microsoft […]

Hi Rachel,

I’m co-founder at Missive a team messaging app that merges email and chat. I wrote a post comparing Slack to Missive that can help you quickly grasp the potential:

Missive was just named on Time magazine list of best 2017 apps:

If you ever want to profile us, just send me an email. ?

We have also used Slack for some time but eventually shifted to Ryver as it’s free.
We also use Bitrix, but only for CRM purpose and now it has unlimited users for free version also.

A lot of people use Slack for community management purposes, although it’s made for team communication. In this case a lot of people like our tool Mobilize ( for community management because we do use email, and for external non-company members, that gets higher reach than logging into Slack.

You can also try in beta – same features as some of the others for immediate discussions but also helps take those conversions into larger discussions if need be. Sort of an end to end solution.

Hi, this article is really useful for people looking for a software that can be used for work. Have you tried WorkDo ( It has more functions than chat and task as employees can apply leave and clock in directly from their mobile device.

It has chats, tasks, events, polls, notes, leave, attendance and expenses tools all in one app. It also has a web interface version.

The concept is to have a workplace and each team can create their own groups within the workplace. Each group also has the basic tools such as chats, tasks, events, polls, notes, albums and files.

How could you have not included Microsoft Teams? I use Slack, but really considered Teams as I’ve heard great things about it and it integrates into a lot of other tools.

Hi , Good Information. …we need to add one more slack alternatives which I have been using, Troop Messenger which is a free business communication app for teams providing direct and group messaging with the ability to create public and private groups.

and you can read the article written by farhana based on troop messenger and slack

Hi, Rachel. I want to respectfully challenge the ageism in Capterra’s assertion that Baby Boomers equate freedom with “car ownership,” whereas for Millenials freedom means “access to the internet and online chat”. Not only does this dismiss an entire generation into an arbitrary category, but you also use the past tense when describing Boomers, whereas for Millenials you use the present tense. The implication is that Millenials are new, relevant, the future, whereas anyone born before 1960 belongs to the past. I assure you, women and men born before 1960, so-called “Boomers,” are as engaged, passionate and career-minded today as any other generation.

I certainly don’t think you intentionally marginalized a whole group of people with your article, but that is the unfortunate effect. I hope you will revise this post to clarify and correct the problem.

Hi Brent. I appreciate the thoughtfulness of your comment; no one likes to feel marginalized or stereotyped.

That said, I do have a background in theory analysis; in fact, my first boss was Neil Howe, of the Strauss–Howe generational theory; I did research for him on a wide range of topics relating to generational theory. If you’re unfamiliar, Howe is best known for coining the term “Millennials” in 1992. While you’re certainly right, not every single individual is predictable under generational theory, but birth cohorts feel the ripples of major events at similar points in their lives. For example, the Great Recession impacted people in predictable ways–if you were born after (Gen We), you’ll have a childhood surrounded by continuous job growth with abstract warnings about the economy, but no memories of the recession itself. If you were born closer to 1990, you’d be entering adulthood and just beginning to understand fiscal responsibility. If you were born closer to 1970 (Generation X), you likely felt the economic squeeze the hardest, especially because of the higher chance of losing your job while in the prime of your working years while their parents’ and grandparents’ health were declining and their children, also crushed by the economy, faced their own difficulties with joblessness. Born in 1950? Your impending retirement likely became compromised and many avenues to downsizing to reduce their costs–like selling their homes–would ripple into the rest of their lives. This isn’t an unfounded generalization. Each of those claims has been proven several times over.

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8].

Happy to submit more citations if needed.

As a general rule of sociological study, the acceptable amount of diversity in a cohort is just the same as any other qualitative field established in quantitative data: statistical significance. While I recognize that not every single Boomer viewed car ownership as a rite to adulthood, a statistically significant amount of them did (a significant amount of research has proven this out; the links in this article are pretty comprehensive). The same is true for the assertion about Millennials that grew up at a time when consistent communication with their friends was possible. In growing up with this access to their community, it’d become painful to be cut out of it. The impact of that childhood reality continues to shape how Millennials prefer to communicate today.

Finally, your observation about the differences in tense for each respective generation dismisses all the text surrounding it.

For the Boomer generation, freedom meant car ownership. This notoriously independent group born between 1943 and 1960 shrugged off their overbearing parents and zipped around the country in Impalas, Mustangs, and Cortinas. Boomers coveted the open road, independence, and even disconnection.

That story isn’t true for Millennials.

It’s clear in the article that I’m not talking about Boomers today, nor am I talking about Millennials in 1975. I’m talking about how each cohort acted and act around the age of 20. Definitionally, there is no Boomer alive who is 20 years old. For Millennials, that assertion isn’t true; many of them are. Because I am referencing the present, so too does the verb follow.

The definition of “marginalization” is to “to relegate to an unimportant or powerless position within a society or group” (Merriam-Webster). By no means did this observation do so: there’s no assertion of which group is more powerful, nor is any claim unfounded.

I suppose the following could have been added to the article for clarity’s sake: It’s indisputable that Millennials will continue to be the largest generational cohort to make up the workforce for a long time. That’s a straightforward demographic fact. It’s also indisputable that Boomers are older than Millennials, therefore, in an absolute sense, there is no way to make the future of the workforce about Boomers and Boomers alone outside of science fiction. Nowhere in this article do I present any evidence that asserts anything that contradicts your statement that “women and men born before 1960, so-called ‘Boomers,’ [specifically 1943-60, if you want to get technical] as engaged, passionate and career-minded today as any other generation.”

Instead, it makes the assertion that a huge factor behind the rise of chat and ad-hoc project management software is due to Millennial preferences. That assertion has little to do with Boomers at all, outside of choosing not to mention them.

If you’d like to learn more about generational theory and analysis, I recommend Pew Social Trends, Howe’s monthly column in Forbes, and the Brookings Institution.

In addition to Slack, you may try tools like webex, R-HUB web conferencing servers, gotomeeting etc. for conducting online meetings, online conferences etc.

Nice blog. One more Slack alternative app is Wibrate. This app is really good and you can advertise with Wibrate( and drive more traffic more leads and revenue for your business. It brings you a Spam Free business communication. You can do team communication, team messaging, enterprise messaging, business messaging. You can share important business messages with this Free Text Messaging App.

Hi Rachel,

You didn’t mention about the frenchy talkspirt ?
talkspirit is a collaborative platform that mixes real time communication and asynchronous conversations in conjunction to answer all the needs of your organization.
Our servers are based in Europe for better data protection and we run businesses with more than 1000 users.
Feel free to test us, we offer a free trial at

Was surprised to see Glip wasn’t on this list considering I know multiple big corporations who use Glip.

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