5 Best Slack Alternatives for Collaboration Software

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Discover the top collaboration software that can help teams communicate faster, share files securely, and collaborate more effectively.

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Contemporary project management is not just about tracking tasks and milestones, but also about team collaboration: sharing files via online workspaces, setting up online meetings with video conferencing, or connecting with remote teams via real-time chat channels.

Buyer demand for collaboration tools has more than doubled from 22% in 2014 to 61% in 2018. And when it comes to team collaboration and communication, one of the most popular options available is Slack.

Beyond expected functionalities, its social-networking-like user experience appeals to many. The tool also integrates with third-party solutions, which allows teams to do much more with the tool such as running polls and surveys on Slack channels or directly posting emails in a newsfeed.

However, despite its wide user recognition, Slack might not be the right collaboration tool for your business. For instance, if collaboration to you means working on online whiteboards to brainstorm ideas, there are other tools that can do a better job. If you want real-time collaboration when editing a document, Slack isn’t the right tool either.

To help you find a suitable Slack alternative, we’ve analyzed the tools listed in Capterra’s collaboration software directory and whittled the list down to the top five alternatives.

This article looks at five highly rated Slack alternatives. See the full list of Slack alternatives here.

Selection criteria for the top 5 Slack alternatives

To be shortlisted, products had to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Comparable pricing: Products must be priced at or below $10 per user.
  • Core features: Products must offer core collaboration features such as chat, file sharing, and workspaces.
  • Minimum of 20 user reviews on Capterra (published in the last two years): Products must have at least 20 recent reviews on Capterra, which helps highlight the pros and cons of each alternative from real users’ perspective.
  • High “likelihood to recommend” rating: Products must have an average recommended rating of at least 9 out of 10 on Capterra’s site.
  • High “features and functionality” rating: The product must also have a minimum functionality rating of 4 out of 5 on Capterra’s site.

(Products are listed in alphabetical order.)

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5 Top Slack Alternatives for Collaboration

1. Blizz: Videoconferencing tool for team meetings

Blizz logo
Reviews: 31
Likelihood to recommend: 9.4
Features and functionality rating: 4.6

Blizz is a cloud-based solution that offers screen sharing, VoIP calling, video conferencing, and team chat. Users can schedule and send invites to online meetings, stream presentations, share files and chat during live meetings, and send post-meeting surveys.

Blizz is ideal for teams that are globally distributed, as they can quickly hold online meetings to discuss projects, hold training sessions, and share ideas.

Pros

Cons

Capterra reviewers say setup is quick and the interface is easy to use. Some users would like to see improvements in the mobile app, such as the camera activating automatically when reconnecting to a video call.
Users says the tool supports high-resolution videos and captures quality audio recordings. While users like the high-resolution video support, they mention that the software requires a high-speed internet connection to avoid delays during video calls.

How much does Blizz cost?

Blizz comes with one free plan and three paid subscriptions: Core, Crew, and Company. The paid plans start at $6 per month, for 10 participants.

Blizz video conferencing

Starting a video conference in Blizz (Source)

2. G Suite: Collaboration suite for document management

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Reviews: 7,323
Likelihood to recommend: 9.1
Features and functionality rating: 4.6

G Suite, also known as Google Apps for Businesses, is a cloud-based suite of collaboration tools including Meet, Chat, Docs, Slides, Gmail, Sheets, and Drive. The tools help teams collaborate on documents, share files, chat, and more.

As a Slack competitor, what differentiates G Suite is its document collaboration capabilities. Teams can create and edit documents in real time and store different document versions in Drive.

Pros

Cons

Capterra reviewers find the tool easy to use and intuitive. Users would like to see better formatting options such as the ability to add different styles and change document layouts.
Users say the ability to edit documents offline and sync them later is a useful feature. Some users would like simplified file sharing. For instance, a folder shared with them would get added to their Drive automatically.

How much does G Suite cost?

G Suite comes with three different subscription plans: Basic, Business, and Enterprise. The Basic plan starts at $6 per user, per month.

G Suite collaboration tools

Accessing collaboration applications in G Suite (Source)

3. Miro: Online whiteboarding tool for brainstorming sessions

Miro logo
Reviews: 105
Likelihood to recommend: 9.4
Features and functionality rating: 4.7

Miro is a cloud-based solution designed for visual collaboration. It comes with online whiteboard templates, screen sharing, video sharing, chat, and commenting. Users can create and share designs, visualize process workflows, and create mind maps.

Miro’s value is in its whiteboard functionality which helps teams, such as UI/UX designers or product development teams, discuss ideas and share plans on a common platform.

Pros

Cons

Capterra reviewers like the whiteboard functionality, which they say can be used for multiple purposes such as planning projects, designing sprints, and reviewing wireframes. Users say there can be a steep learning curve when it comes to understanding how the templates work and using the whiteboard to design visual ideas.
Users say the support team is quick to respond to queries and offers fast resolutions. Users would like to see improvements in the video and audio quality during online meetings.

How much does Miro cost?

Miro offers a free plan, as well as two paid subscription plans: Team and Company. Starting price for the paid plans is $10 per user, per month, billed annually.

Miro Online Whiteboard

Online whiteboard in Miro (Source)

4. Samepage: Centralized tool for project collaboration

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Reviews: 571
Likelihood to recommend: 9.2
Features and functionality rating: 4.6

Samepage is a cloud-based collaboration solution with team workspaces, chat, document editing, videoconferencing, team calendars, file sharing, and task management.

Samepage is similar to Slack when it comes to communications features such as shared activity feeds and chat. The difference is that Samepage offers additional project management functionalities such as milestone tracking and task management with Kanban dashboards.

Pros

Cons

Capterra reviewers like the collaboration functionalities of the tool such as instant chat, file sharing, and document editing. Reviewers would like to see improvements in the Android mobile app such as a better navigation controls.
Users like the drag-and-drop interface. Users would like a consolidated master calendar that lets them view tasks for different teams at a glance.

How much does Samepage cost?

Samepage offers one free plan and two subscription plans: Pro and Enterprise. The starting paid plan is $8 per user, per month, billed annually.

Samepage Document Comments

Commenting on documents in Samepage (Source)

5. talkspirit: Social communication tool for team productivity

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Reviews: 53
Likelihood to recommend: 9.2
Features and functionality rating: 4.5

Talkspirit is a cloud-based tool that comes with discussion boards, videoconferencing, chat, file sharing, activity feeds, and social-media tagging. Users can chat with individual users or multiple team members, share project documents, create group chat channels, and share information and announcements as news feeds, similar to social networking channels.

Talkspirit closely resembles Slack in terms of design and usability. The solution’s value is its team chat features.

Pros

Cons

Capterra reviewers mention that the tool offers an easy and intuitive interface that allows new users to quickly get on board. Some users mention the need for more third-party plugins and chatbot integrations.
Users like the fact that the tool has flexible white-labeling options for customizing the tool using their own brand colors and logo. Users would like better control over the notification functionality so they are not flooded by task updates.

How much does talkspirit cost?

Talkspirit offers a single subscription plan that costs $4.47 per user, per month when billed monthly, and $3.35 per user, per month when billed annually.

Comments in talkspirit

Viewing comments in talkspirit (Source)

Next steps for selecting the right collaboration tool

As a collaboration tool, Slack packs in a lot of features, but it might have more than what some organizations will likely ever need.

While evaluating Slack alternatives, even ones not among the five above, follow these steps to arrive at a suitable choice:

  • Decide on your budget: Determine a budget range to narrow your list to solutions that you can afford.
  • Create a required features list: Build a list of key features your business needs for team collaboration. This will help you shortlist products that both suit your budget and fulfill requirements.

For more information on collaboration software, read the following resources:

Looking for Project Management software? Check out Capterra's list of the best Project Management software solutions.

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About the Authors

Pritam Tamang

Pritam Tamang

Pritam is a Content Analyst at Capterra and Software Advice. He writes technology research reports centered around small business project management. His areas of interest are SaaS technologies, content marketing and agile/lean thinking.

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Helpful list. Here’s one more great slack alternative, that’s easy on the pocket: Zoho Cliq

Cliq is a great platform that helps you communicate, collaborate and manage your tasks, events, and workflows effectively. Collaborating with your team is easy through channels, audio, video calls, screen sharing, and group video streaming! Tight integration across all major Zoho apps is an added advantage and integrations with other productivity, project management tools are also available.

You can even build bots to bring in all your custom workflows right where your team communicates! I think it would be a great addition to this list.

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What abou Spike? As a freelancer that manages multiple clients and has to answer dozen of emails a day, I find it works best for me. It shows all your emails in a chat-like form so they’re all in one thread – no more clicking and opening different headers to find a specific correspondence, just simply scroll through like a iMessage or WhatsApp. It also has tools for collaboration like groups and video chat for mobile so you can get responses in real-time. Its definitely improved my productivity and made my work life much easier.

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

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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 talkspirit.com

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Nice blog. One more Slack alternative app is Wibrate. This app is really good and you can advertise with Wibrate(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=dnk.wibrate.me) 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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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
https://www.troopmessenger.com/blog/the-slack-alternatives-for-team-communication

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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.

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Hi, this article is really useful for people looking for a software that can be used for work. Have you tried WorkDo (https://www.workdo.co)? 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.

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You can also try ideabnb.com 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.

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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 (https://www.mobilize.io) for community management because we do use email, and for external non-company members, that gets higher reach than logging into Slack.

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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.

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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:

https://missiveapp.com/slack-vs-missive

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

http://time.com/4801316/best-apps-2017/

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

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Hi Rachel,

Just wanted to add a name on the list!

jandi.io

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

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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.

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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. http://www.crugo.com – We have also listed why we’re a great alternative to slack here: https://crugo.com/slack-alternative/ We would love to be able to get the chance to be listed and reviewed by you. I look forward to hearing from you.
Jane

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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.

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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?

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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.

Mario

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