HipChat is Atlassians professional and well-engineered solution for hosted group chat and video chat for companies and teams – fast, uncomplicated and in realtime. No matter how you use HipChat, whether you prefer group chats with the whole team or separated chat rooms with guest access for your partners – HipChat supports the direct communication and therefore enhances productivity and efficiency within the company.
A year ago Atlassian made HipChat free for teams of five, and since then the popularity of this application has been rising rapidly. As a reaction to this development, Atlassian now announces a new subscription plan that gives you unlimited HipChat users – for free.
Here are the two ways to use HipChat:
- HipChat Basic (free): Group chat and 1-to-1 messaging for every person on your team, regardless of team size. The free subscription plan includes @-mentions, notifications, attachments, guest access and provides apps for all common mobile devices.
- HipChat Plus ($2/user/month): All of the features of HipChat Basic, plus video calling, desktop sharing and unlimited, searchable message history.
What if I’m currently paying for HipChat?
You’ll get HipChat Plus automatically. Your features and price will stay exactly the same.
What if my team is currently using HipChat for free?
Starting today, you can add as many users as you want for free.
In order to make HipChat Basic free for larger teams, Atlassian added some new constraints. These constraints will not affect small teams while showing larger teams the value of HipChat Plus.
The new constraints are: file storage is capped at 5 GB (far more than the average team uses) and you can search the last 25,000 messages (about six months of messages for the average team of five).
Real team chat, instead of unsuitable solutions for companies
A lot of teams are using consumer chat services simply because they’re free. Features and real suitability for use fades into the background. HipChat gives you an idea how good chat can be when it’s actually designed for teams. Additionally the free subscription plan makes it easy for teams to start using HipChat without worrying about credit cards, invoicing, or expense reports.
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