When I spoke to Mike Cannon-Brooks, the co-founder of Atlassian, during AtlasCamp 2015 in Prague, I was a bit surprised that he wasn’t too afraid of classic B2C messengers as competitors for Atlassian HipChat. I am pretty convinced that Slack as HipChat’s main competitor right now is way overhyped. The solution may have grown faster than HipChat in the past. I still think that Atlassian is in it for the long haul and with their existing strong presence in the enterprise they are in a very good position to win the battle.
Group chat is a team focused application. We see our enterprise customers struggle and even be completely ignorant to its value and features. The common route for group chat to spread in an organization is still organically bottom up. That is often uncontrolled and chaotic.
This post introduces you to Fleep.io a promising competitor of the group chat rivals HipChat and Slack, that comes from the Skype founders and tries to solve ‘Email communication’ just as well. It’s small teams with lots of external communications in particular that might benefit a lot from Fleep.
As announced during the 2013 Atlassian Summit, HipChat Server 1.0 was just released. Atlasssian’s professional team chat and instant messaging solution HipChat can now be run securely behind the Firewall. Great news for businesses in search of a straight forward, quick and slim platform for team communication and for whom a Cloud Service is not an option. Plans for HipChat Server start at $10 for up to 10 users per year. Proceeds from sales of the $10 starter version will be donated to charity. Read about all the features in this post…