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slack vs x’ series
24 Nov 2018
Microsoft Teams Vs Slack: How they are different from each other?
 As mentioned in our earlier post that we have started crafting down the ‘Slack vs X’ series of articles to let users know the existing collaboration software and making it easier to discover the best outfit. At this moment, we are decoding the dissimilarities between Slack and Microsoft Teams, which are poles apart in their strengths and weakness. Since the advent of team collaboration software, Slack has been acknowledged as the cool kid. He delivers things in his way with a fancy interface and unique combination of features. Well, keeping analogies on the couch, team chat applications have waved goodbye to the internal email structure and phone calls at the organizations.   Table of Contents   Pricing GettingStarted Layout Messaging Notifications Video and Audio Calls Integrations Support Search   So, without further ado, here we go:   Pricing - Which Application Breaks the Bank? Your greenbacks go more for Teams than Slack. Yes, it is true. For those who are unfamiliar, Teams did not have a Freemium version like Slack; but in July Microsoft has announced that a new grade of Teams is available at no cost in order to stand in the Slack competitor bar. Now, since both the applications come with Freemium editions, the ball is in your court - whether to upgrade or not.   Slack Microsoft Teams $8 per person $6 per person   The pricing for Microsoft Teams starts at $6 per person if you remunerate monthly with which you can obtain Office 365 Business Essentials account that incorporates several Microsoft services such as OneDrive, Skype, Exchange, and SharePoint. And the next edition come on the scene with $15 per person for a month. Along with the aforementioned features, it provides Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Teams.   The pricing for Slack starts at $8 per person if you pay monthly and you get Slack alone. It does not compose of any paid-worthy feature such as single sign-on option, accurate uptime, administrations benefits, etcetera. Those expect extra bucks from your pocket which makes the bill oversized.   Upon taking into account the costings of both the applications, Slack charges almost the same without an involvement of business services. That being said, you are devoting to a huge package of services when you purchase a Microsoft package. And, both the applications offers enterprise-grade plans if you want to check out.     Troop Messenger (we) – a unified and user-friendly team messaging platform has made it official that the application is free until March 31st. Just saying!   Getting Started - Which Application Offers Smoother Setup? Well, it is not going to be a smooth road while deploying Microsoft Teams. Making the first move with Teams takes hell lot of time since you are expected to present a set of information such as personal data that includes business email (no cheating, okay?), mobile number, and credit card information(in case of premium version).   However, Slack’s deployment is as smooth as cheesecake. It does not ask you for any credit card or personal information unless and until it is a paid version.   In a nutshell, it took me almost seven minutes of time to deploy Slack whereas almost an hour for Microsoft Teams.   Wait.   For those who are in one hell of a hurry, we have compiled a quick synopsis of the differences between Slack and Microsoft Teams.   Features Slack Microsoft Teams Price  Free Standard ($6.67/month) Plus ($12.50/month) Depends on the version Office 365 you purchase Uploading Files  Multiple 3rd Party Integrations for online file sharing needs  Users can use their One   Drive/SharePoint document libraries for online file sharing needs Integrations 10 integrations limit in a Free plan, 800+ integrations in paid plans 180+ apps and services (as of July 2018) Message History Limit 10K messages in a Free plan, unlimited in Standard and Plus plans Unlimited in all plans Operating Systems Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android Mac, Windows, iOS, Android Screen Sharing Unavailable in the Free version, available in Standard and Plus versions Available in all plans Audio/Video Calls Available Available (powered by Skype for Business) Search Capabilities Can search messages and text within the files Can search messages, people, and files File Storage Limit Free plan: 5GB file storage for a team Standard plan: 10GB per user Plus plan: 20GB per user   Free plan: 2 GB/user and 10GB of shared storage Paid plans: 1 TB per organization       Layout - Which Application Gives Comfort Over Chaos? The layout of these applications appears like they have been cut from the same cloth. Like every team collaboration software, a left rail consists of channels or groups, conversations, tasks, and anything you have pinned to the top. The nucleus part concentrates on the details of the chosen conversation. And the right rail is subjective. For instance, Troop Messenger focused on the information that is one more layer deep such as filters, screen sharing and other contents of a conversation.   It has to be understood that both are having a small vertical dashboard for conversations, contacts, and channels. Coming to Slack, it is busy as the bee. It is visually intense with eight customized themes giving end users a chance to alter the dashboard of their workspace as they want.   Furthermore, if you are a member of numerous workspaces, you can choose a different theme for each workspace giving you a crystal clear workflow.   And Microsoft Teams does not short your expectations either. It gives you even more command over conversations with the help of personalized tabs.   Speaking technical, MT has an additional vertical that consists of tabs like Teams, Chat, Files, Meetings, and Activity.    Now, it is your turn.      Messaging - Which Application Made it a Cakewalk?   Both the applications offer instant messaging in one-to-one and groups/channels versions. These two applications have likewise messaging features such as supporting and sharing all types of media, editing, deleting, mentioning any member (in case of a channel) with @, threading etcetera.   By any chance of speaking about differences, Microsoft Teams holds the cup with advanced designing tools within its messenger such as the possibility of changing the font color.   Similar to WhatsApp, Teams also supports the feature of emoticon search. To elaborate more, when you are in a dilemma of which emoji to pick out, you can simply type the name of it and Teams get it for you. Also to messages, Slack permits you to reach with smileys whereas MT has limited it to Like (thumbs up) symbol.   Wrapping up, I would say that both Slack and Microsoft Teams have exceptional messaging features.     Notifications - Which Application is legend-ary? Since notifications is a significant feature in business messaging applications where end-users gets decided whether to halt or continue.   Speaking of these two, I would say that Slack has star-studded features in customizing the notifications. You can set up the alerts of your preferred keywords, you can set you to personalize your notifications in terms of Do Not Disturb for a predetermined time or you never want to hear from that person or channel at any point.   Slack even allows you to set distinct preferences for mobile and desktop versions.   In Slack, users can update the status automatically if you are going for a meeting or lunch or just taking a quick nap. When it comes to Microsoft Teams, the settings are umm, a bit feeble. You cannot customize channel notifications i.e., the settings are applied to all channels; you cannot personalize for one particular channel leaving the rest as active.   Also, Teams has provided only four options such as busy, available, away, and Do Not Disturb. Whereas in Slack, you can update the status as what you want. You can include text, image, emoticon and many more.   For instance, if you are on vacation, chillin’ in the beach, you can keep the status as clinking beer mugs followed by a text up to January 3rd.   Isn’t it legend-ary!? You tell me, please.     Video and Audio Calls - Which Application Offers Crystal Clear Outlook?   I have tested both the tools with my fellow workers in the office and we had a bit leisure doing this. It is a known fact that post the purchase of Skype, Microsoft has been producing new facets to the web or video conference in the business world.   Everything Microsoft works on responsive calling appears on Teams simultaneously. You can hold audio and video calls, web conferences within the house or offshore.   In addition, Skype has a built-in broadcasting feature where you can host a one-day meeting with almost 10, 000 other participants where Slack of it. You can even switch from a video call to instant messaging with just a button.   Besides that, Teams has an inbuilt feature of recording the call. And that recording will come into view of your chat feed once you are done with the discussion.   Teams is over Slack in video calling because you can only have one-on-one calls with a free plan and the group call head-count is limited to 15 whereas Slack has drawn a line at 80.     Integrations - Which Application is On Good Terms With All?   It goes without saying that Microsoft Teams is integrated with Office 365 apps where you would not find any issue in adding third-party services and Tools like Trello.   Although MT has a total of 180+ integrations while Slack has gone a long way in providing 800+ external integration systems.     Support - Which Application has a Better Helping Hands?   Let us assume that I want to make some X as an admin but I do not know how to do it. So, where should I look for? Looking left and right give any assistance? No, right?   Under these circumstances, Slack and Microsoft Teams both have decided to help you me out in their own way. In MT, the usual way to get help is through T-Bot. It pops up in your dashboard the moment you sign in. As you want to make X as admin, you can type as “make admin” in a message box and it fetches you the instructions of how to get it done.   In Slack, the simplest and flexible way to get help is to consult Slack’s Help Centre. I have to admit that Slack is few steps ahead in saving time and resolving the issue. When you just type the phrase “admin” the bot results the recommendations such as “how to remove Y as admin,” “how to make Y as admin” and much more.   End of the day, I believe that Google can obtain you the fast and accurate answers than inbuilt help centers of Slack and MT. Huh!     Search - Which Application says ‘try me?’   Sharing and exchanging files all-day long is one of the core activities in an employee life. Let it be of any format. In Slack, you can easily look through messages the files. It even allows you to search for the content that exists within the bounds of a file. So I decided to make sure of it.   I shared a user guide of 5000+ words with my colleague long ago in PDF format. I just typed the phrase “run user” to examine whether it would work or not. And guess what, it did! And why to leave MT behind? I tried the same thing with Teams and it provided me the accurate results too.   So, now - it is the time for the verdict: On the whole, Microsoft Teams is the finest application if you are possessing Business account already and you work more on Office 365 integrated applications. Slack is your way to go if you are looking for an adaptable and ardent interface that offers you a Freemium version and has some of the best third-party apps in the store.   Let us know in the comments section below if we had missed anything.   Disclaimer The aim of the article is to be informative. We intend users take an informed decision for an effective and productive experience. The comparison shown between Microsoft Teams vs Slack in the blog is only towards that end and has no intention of pitting one against the other team collaboration app brands. The images, logos, any concepts etc., used in this blog, purely belong to their respective companies or applications (Microsoft Teams and Slack). Readers are advised to consult and confirm from the respective service providers regarding details of features, latest updates, prices, and their policies before utilizing any of their services.This further informs the reader that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this blog solely belong to the author’s perception, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organization, committee or other group or individual. 
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productivity
16 Oct 2018
14+ Amazing Productivity Apps for Android and iOS in 2018
Work is engrossing. Enthralling. Buzzing.   The workplace is the platform where you learn more about you. But, at times we find ourselves in a productive rut. Where we just look out of the window so much that you are writing the scripts of people walking over the road or spending most of the time talking about ‘The Crown’ or if you are still reading this instead of working on that presentation.   Productivity Apps  1.  Evernote 2.  Troop Messenger 3.  Google Keep 4.  Pocket 5.  Grammarly 6.  Team Viewer 7.  Pushbullet 8.  CloudConvert 9.  Zapier 10.  MindMeister 11.  Google Drive 12.  HelloSign 13.  Screencastify 14.  Todoist   Nevertheless, worry not! The technology has got your back. With the advancements in mobile applications, you could make most of your time with these substantial productive apps that come for phones of all platforms, tablets, and computers:   Getting distracted at work is common for all of us. However, with the advancements of technology, you can stop getting distracted and stay productive   We list below as the 15 substantial productive applications that come for all operating systems and devices.   Evernote      Hello mate! Meet your second brain. If your brain works like mine, where hundreds of things run from family - work - date in the evening - friends; Evernote could be great for storing that ephemera. It is the notebook application for almost everything.   You can craft your ideas and to-do lists at work or personal things to follow up on, format them with rich text and reminders for more paramount notes you need to remember. As the phone is always handy, you will have a place for it.   Make use of the built-in camera to scan the documents. A user can even drag the files, keep track of forms, tickets, and more. One of the productivity tools that comes with a search tool that could even identify the text inside images and scans. With Evernote, you could scan, share, and save everything. Troop Messenger   Troop Messenger has changed the way business operations happen at the workplace. This application serves both collaboration and communication in a single plate. Regardless of the sizes of your organization, you can initiate a conversation, build groups and talk anything under the sun.   Using Troop Messenger, you can do everything from project management to creating to-do lists, video conference to screen sharing, and integration of third-party application to user status set up. It can tremendously cut down the time you spend on visiting fellow mate’s desk or typing the long boring email. This is the perfect platform for the not-so-good with technology people as well; because the user interface is friendly.   Make your team communication much easier. Switch to Troop Messenger     Google Keep     Capture your every thought in any format. I personally use it all the time since I am that kind of person who has to remind myself of the important things and to-do tasks. Google Keep is the quickest way to dump the things the moment they hit your little brain. With this desktop and mobile application, you can create notes, lists, and set reminders.   A user can check off the completed tasks and can access your notes on any device. Keep ensures to be in sync automatically to your Chrome extension or app, phone, watch, tablet, and Google Keep website. Users can add photos, drawing or can even draw on the photos. By coloring the notes with vibrant colors over there, it has been quite easy for scanning.   By #lables, we can group notes together. On top of everything, if you want to use Google Keep in your work, Google Docs let you bring notes into your document to put all ideas together to make a final piece.   Pocket   Capture content from everywhere. Organize your space with everything you cannot wait anymore to learn. You can save an article or link or a video or anything to watch later to Pocket. This is one of the best productivity apps for iPhone where you can read or watch anything later.   Pocket has entirely eradicated the way we bookmark pages till now as it is difficult to find the essential stuff in our bloated bookmarks. What are you waiting for? Just tap on me. Grammarly     If I was asked what’s your favorite productivity applications, I would name Grammarly without any second thought. Being a writer myself, sometimes I fall into a predicament whether my content is easy-to-read or error-free. But when I say, typos or errors, they are more than embarrassing, bruh!   I discovered Grammarly, a grammar checker that would fix broken tenses, wrongly spelled words, and also suggests better synonyms. What else would anyone ask for?   While at work, employees have to write some or the other thing every day. An email to the client asking for resources, telling a coworker who is working from home to resolve the issue, or asking the permission to leave early saying that you are sick but actually have a date in the evening. Yeah, yeah! I know you.   You see, Grammarly is the tool you need. It has Chrome extension and can work inside Microsoft Word, Google docs recently, and any web application with its browser add-ons. Also, it comes for mobile applications with its custom keyboard.   I am not saying that this grammar checker tool is perfect. It can only provide you incorrect suggestion and also bug you to replace the monotonous words. Of course, there are many other Grammarly alternatives that toil more efficiently. Grammarly could tighten up your writing and ensures everything to be correct from quick emails to a detailed statement of purpose that makes your English teacher smile ear-to-ear.   TeamViewer     One of the productivity apps that let you access your desktop remotely. It happens at times where you are working on something in-house and you have some about.php page code in an office desktop. How do you get that now? Well, TeamViewer has the simple and the easiest way to do that.   This application work everywhere - even a Chrome extension to control PCs from a Macbook. Keep the TeamViewer running or active on the system you want to access, then when you need something from that computer, just open the application on your device, get logged in, and use that remote computer just like you were sitting in front of it.   The graphics would be with a bit lower quality, but you can get things done, right?   Pushbullet     Have you ever wondered if you could copy something on your MacBook and paste in on your Windows operation system? Pushbullet is the platform you need. With this, you can even get personalized notifications from Twitter, Reader digest, online news portals, and to-do lists as well. It is one of the productivity tools that works everywhere.   It is highly integrated with Windows and Android. With a premium plan, a user can get global copy/paste and can also send or receive messages of your Android on PC.   CloudConvert     Convert anything to anything! CloudConverts supports the conversion between more than 200 different media formats. We all have movement when the file dumped us by displaying that you cannot open :( But, worry not!   CloudConvert could fix that. It can convert from famous document formats like .doc or .pdf to design files such as Adobe.psd and .ai. All you gotta do is to add the files you want to be converted and then choose the format you want to be. That’s it. The application itself take care of the rest. It converts and you can either download them individually or also can store those group of files as in ZIP.   Additionally, CloudConvert also has the ability to transform files in the background. Let it go in touch with Google Drive or Dropbox and convert files on a whole new level as a cakewalk.   Zapier     Zapier is widely known for its thing for automation. This application lets you focus more on your work. It deserves a position in top productivity apps since it has the capability to move the information between your web application automatically. Rather than copying and pasting the information between the applications or forwarding the same or allotting the same task every month, Zapier can do all that for you instantly with a matter of clicks.   It connects web apps over anything else. It already has connected over 1300 application for a better together. For instance, when some activity happens in your application such as getting a new order or contact us form gets filled out, an appointment would be soon coming up. Zapier sends follow-up emails, copy data into the CRM, spreadsheets, and much more.   Set up Zapier and automate all your strenuous tasks which give you more time on doing other important chores.   MindMeister     Well, we all get ideas but at times we struggle to put them all together at one place. MindMeister is an online mind mapping platform that lets you grab, nurture, and share ideas visually. This application is entirely web-based which signifies that there is no annoyance of download or upgrade.   In order to get started, double-click anywhere on the provided canvas to add a new idea, Just dump everything in your mind. Bring your team and add as many solutions as possible. Next, club them all together. Join related topic to one another and within no time, you would have a comprehensive map that traces everything back to a focal point. It is a team setting that has never been easier and productive.   Google Drive     Aah! Yet again, another favorite of mine. It is one of the productivity apps that never let me down. Google Drive is the place where I store all of my files; from the Quotation document at work to Coorg trip photos with my mate. It is flawlessly integrated with most of the web applications enabling the users to open the drawings or prepare monthly expenses record through a spreadsheet.   It has everything to store that can handle all my office needs. As I said earlier, I use Grammarly and now it can check grammar and spelling in my Google Docs. Isn’t that great?   I can just drag and drop files in between folders, access recently viewed files in a click, and search for the document I have worked 6 months ago easily. It works perfectly with teams, collaborative docs of files, and can recognize the scanned files with its inbuilt OCR tool. It syncs flawlessly with all my devices.   HelloSign       Hello!! While you are running a business or works in an organization, you have to sign the documents at one or the other time. It is okay if it is one or two, but at times, you gotta sign dozens of them. But, HelloSign helps you sign every page that expects your signature in a few clicks. Yep, you read it right. This is the only platform in the market that enables the end users for a seamless embed signing experience. To get started, draw your signature on HelloSign’s mobile application initially or it even has an option that generates your signature. Just enter your name and the software would fetch you unique signatures in seconds, select your favorite one and then click on each signature field to add it.   Do not waste your time any more in signing something. It is well integrated with Google Drive so that you can send files as soon as you make them. Dump the old fax machine and say hello to HelloSign!   Screencastify   Screenshot tools are quite beneficial. It helps you capture what is on your screen. But what if you want a screenshot of large data? Screencastify is the simplest and easiest option to capture your entire desktop, webcam, or browser tab.   Enable its Chrome extension to record anything without any need of downloading the software. Once you are done with the recording, use the application editor to crop and trim to precisely what you want.   It also has synchronization with Google Drive so that you can share the recorded items with anyone, anywhere.   Todoist     Work life is overwhelming. But it does not have to be. To organize tasks and stay profitable, make use of these productivity tools so you can get it all done and enjoy peace all along the way.   Todoist is more like a fitness tracker for productivity. It can track all your tasks, verify them off and later shows you how productive you are at the end of the day. Let this application do everything for you. Get tasks out of your head and list them here.   This application keeps you focused. Users can add tasks with the Quick Add option that grasps dates, project names, and also tags with any kind of symbols. You can check what all have to be done today and what is ahead for tomorrow. Organize projects into a hierarchy, get access to all the tasks at once.   Toggl     A hassle-free time tracking software for your day-to-day activities. To make smarter choices or moves ahead, you have to know the correct time. Toggl is one such time tracking tool that tracks reminders even if you forget. The thing about Toggl is that it tracks time only when you are working. No cheating, bro.   To not let you burn out, it has also incorporated Pomodoro technique that lets you take a break when you have worked for some 30 minutes straight. All your entries could be well synced with the website, mobile application, desktop, and even Toggl Chrome extension.   Bottom line: These are a few comprehensive and productivity apps that let you run faster and efficient at work. Of course, there are still more in the line. However, I assure you that these aforementioned applications could bring you closer to realizing your business goals.   Disclaimer  All the information provided in this article is for information purpose alone. The intent is to provide some of the productive applications catalogs that might help users in their decision-making process. Hence, readers are advised to comprehend, consult, and confirm from the corresponding services while moving ahead.    
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slack vs x’ series
08 Jan 2019
Discord vs Slack - Which One Is Better for Businesses?
  Why write an email every time for intra-office communication? Why burn your productive office hours on mundane tasks? Why to go in person to access your co-workers PC when you can share your own?   Achieve all these and more simply and in style   Email less, go more productive with online meetings and let your co-worker control your screen remotely! Want to know how?   Teams can communicate better, if they could collaborate effortlessly!   Table of Contents   Simple-to-Use Cross-Platform Feature-Rich End-Users Pricing Voice and Video Calls Integrated File Sharing Support-Service   Communicate instantly all the time with the ever rising, feature-rich team collaboration business chat applications! From instant messaging to instant decision making, a wide range of office communication tools such as Slack, Skype for Business, Troop Messenger, Flock, Discord etc., are available to make collaboration simpler than ever before.   In this article, we look at the comparison between Slack and Discord for different scenarios.   For the ones who are in a hurry, we have given a simple roundup of the differences between discord and slack.   Features Slack Discord Pricing  Free Plan: $0 Standard Plan: $6.67 per user/month billed  annually (or $8.00/user/month when billed monthly) Plus Plan: $11.75 per user / monthEverything in the Standard plan   Free plan -$0 Nitro plan: $9.99/month  (Yearly - $99.99/month)Could Save 2 Months Price Nitro Classic:  $4.99/month (Yearly - $49.99/month)Could Save 2 Months Price     Platforms Web, iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Web  Message History Limits 10K messages in Free plan   Unlimited in Standard and Plus plans Unlimited in all plans Audio/video calls Unlimited 1:1 voice and video calls in Free plan Conference calls for up to 15 participants in Paid plans As “Discord” Quoted, up to 9 of your closest compadres has an equally awesome video and screen sharing experience. Integrations 10 integrations limit  in Free plan 800+ integrations in paid plans Unlimited Integrations File Storage limit Free plan: 5GB file storage for a teamStandard plan: 10GB per user   Plus plan: 20GB per user Free Plan: 5GB file storage for a team   Nitro Plan: 10GB   Unlimited message and file history Screen sharing Unavailable in Free version, available in Standard and Plus versions Available in both Free and Paid Versions Help and Support Slack’s Help section looks more comprehensive, because of the user-friendly menu and easy search with a drop-down list box. Discord extends 24/7 help center, its support team is actively available on most social channels like Twitter, Reddit etc. Search Slack has a powerful search, amplified by a search within documents and Google Docs Available with all filters Called as (the search bar!) Deployment Cloud, Mobile Cloud, Mobile Interface color options Custom sidebar themes. Customizable color scheme to either Dark or Light Theme Conversation threads Yes Yes Notifications Slack has multiple options for managing notifications, however, chances are you’ll still be quite distracted by them Notification Settings Topics: 1. Server-wide Mute 2.Server Notification Settings 3.ChannelNotification Settings     Simple-to-Use   Discord is highly popular for its slick design and hassle-free sign-up process. The user doesn’t even have to provide the email id to use Discord chat application; rather he/she can start using the application just by giving their name. But, yes the verification process needs an email address for quick access to all the servers.   The interface of Discord is so simple and seamless, that any casual user can quickly understand the features, simply at a glance. In addition to this, Discord’s text and voice conversations take place in their servers, and setting up them is absolutely simple. Joining Slack’s workspace is a little tedious when compared to Discord. The two ways to join Slack is through accepting an email invitation or through creating an account. Then you are asked to set up your profile with your First name, Display name, phone number etc., to let other team members know about you. Users need to download desktop and mobile apps, whereas, in the case of Discord, they can log in to the web client to access the application.   Cross-Platform   Discord, the most popular and the biggest gaming cross-platform application, is available on all desktop and mobile OS platforms. It works on Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS and it is Linux friendly too. And if you don’t feel like installing it, just experience the web application.   Slack’s being the widely used instant messaging team chat application, had made its footprint on Windows, Chrome, Mac OS, Linux(beta), Android, iOS, Windows Phone(beta). Though the desktop application is quite heavier than Discord, it’s the most powerful one.   Feature-Rich (Discord)   Discord’s popularity is fast catching up in recent years. The client numbers are getting multiplied with its ever-increasing upcoming features –list.   Some of the application's features are listed below:   This application is rather famous in the gaming community than in team collaboration. It manages large groups and servers. Discord notifies users about others gaming information, to simplify choosing options for players. The server management and server-switching are so hassle-free in Discord that it enables the users to check their friend's list on a daily basis, and switching between servers is just a click away. Discord respects user’s privacy; neither does it message logging in free version nor in paid. Separate channels for text and voice enable users to create private channels with utmost ease. Discord offers voice and video calls in a single interface. Unlimited message history. Few of the upcoming features include keyboard navigation, overlay home bar for a desktop. Spoiler Tags for iOS, Game Detection, and Spoiler Tags for Android. Quick responsive team for any kind of troubleshooting. Discord allows the user to quickly join the web client, without having to install a desktop app or creating an account.     Feature-Rich (Slack)   Slack is popularly known as a “Place for every Conversation”, as it is considered a unified choice for business communications and project management.   Some of the application's features are listed below:   Slack allows the user to create a separate channel for every discussion, be it be for the team, for a new project, or a channel for onboarding, or training new employees etc., The chat interface is quite simple to understand and pretty much easy to use. The user can find all the available channels open to the left side of the chat interface. The exceptional search functionality of Slack makes the user bring all files, messages, attachments at one place. Every day’s essential business applications of all size and shape like Asana, Dropbox, Salesforce, Trello, Jira etc., are easily integrated into Slack. One of the additional features of Slack is its screen sharing ability during video calls, makes it as the best presentation tool along with voice, video, and text communication. The CPU usage is high at Slack and is more intensive when compared to Discord. It uses 9.5 MB for its processing for the same count of message requests, which were attended by Discord. Colour customization of the interface is not available in Slack, as we see in Discord and is becoming heavier every year. One entire page has been designed for Notifications to set individual preferences. Get surprised by the feature of Edit messages, where you can have an option to edit sent messages Quick responsive team for any kind of troubleshooting.      End Users   The gaming community prefers to land on Discord rather than Slack, for its lag-free and high-speed gaming experience. Though mainly meant for gamers, the concept of collaboration is born out of necessity to unite them at one place.   Though Slack was developed by a gaming company, it’s been essentially built for team speak. Its primary focus is to attend business or corporate audience for their uninterrupted team collaboration. The features designed are highly business-oriented with the intuitive and impressive UI.   Pricing   Discord offers most of its features free of cost, and a Nitro Plan for the upgrade of extended file upload, animated emojis and for high-quality screen sharing. Since the upgrade is applicable to each individual account instead of the server, the users who need it should upgrade accordingly. Along with this, a Nitro plan of Discord enhances the users chat experience with interesting perks such as animated fun, global search emoji's, custom Discord tag, high-quality video etc., Slack comes in three pricing plans: Freemium, Standard at the pricing of $6.67user/month and a Standard Plus version still not justified! It doesn’t offer many of the important features in its free version. Small teams or small organizations can create a team collaboration workspace for an unlimited period of time with its free plan. For uninterrupted project communications, teams can opt for Slack's standard plan. The two-factor authentication facility is available for all the users, regardless of the plan.   Voice and Video Calls   Voice calls and Voice chat are the heart of Discord. It has gained huge popularity with free VoIP calling service between gaming servers, since its inception. When compared to its other competitors like Slack and Skype, It provides the highest quality audio and video calling for the users. Unlike Slack, Discord doesn’t differentiate its voice and video calling services with its plan’s purchase.   Though video calling is available in Slack’s Free Plan, it’s been restricted only for two people. The users need to upgrade to higher paid plans to expand the video call participant’s limit to 15 users. In any of the Slack's plan, its users can call other members of the application through channels. Slack gave a value-addition to its video calling, where the participants can respond with a different kind of emojis to show their expression!    Integrated File Sharing   Slack and Discord both the tools, allows the users to share a wide range of files across their respective applications.   In Discord’s free plan, the user can share files to the limit of 8MB and can extend this limit up to 50 MB. In Slack, users can upload the files up to 1 GB. The users can directly drag and drop all range of files such as PDF ’s, images and videos into the slack.   Support Service Discord extends excellent round the clock support services to its users. Apart from its 24/7 help center, its support team is actively available on most of the social channels like Twitter, Reddit etc., Its exclusive help center page provides you all the information right from the account settings to permissions. Get to know about its announcements, trust and safety, community programs and many more from the help center page of their website. Slack too provides high-end and well-coordinated customer support for its users. They ensure the best possible resolutions for any sort of customer feedback and toughest queries. Support team who are up to date on the latest feature details will attend the users by assuring them with seamless application usage. The support page of Slack let you tap into the collective knowledge base of the application.   Conclusion Eventually, the size of your organization and the cost of the application matters the most while choosing the right one! Discord and Slack both are exceptional in their respective genres. I personally suggest the user opt for Discord, as its free plan itself is offering all the essential parameters of the application.   But ultimately, it’s the user’s choice of which to choose picked!   Still not justified! Then I would strongly suggest you hands-on the new-age chat messenger solution,  The Troop Messenger.   Disclaimer The aim of the article is to be informative. We intend users take an informed decision for an effective and productive experience. The comparison shown between discord vs slack in the blog is only towards that end and has no intention of pitting one against the other team collaboration app brands. The images, logos, any concepts etc., used in this blog, purely belong to their respective companies or applications (Discord and Slack).   Readers are advised to consult and confirm from the respective service providers regarding details of features, latest updates, prices, and their policies before utilizing any of their services. This further informs the reader that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this blog solely belong to the author’s perception, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organization, committee or other group or individual.  
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troop messenger
16 Jan 2019
Troop Messenger accredited awards by FinancesOnline
Troop Messenger is mainly designed to unify the communication channels of small to large businesses from within a secure environment. But don’t take our word for it! Reputed business software review platform FinancesOnline commended the efficiency of our business messenger application in delivering efficient instant messaging for business by honoring us with two awards: Great User Experience and Rising Star awards for 2019.   FinancesOnline is a trusted analytical platform visited by thousands of decision-makers who are looking for different kinds of business applications, such as the best instant messaging & chat software in the market. With its pedigree in reviewing various kinds of software solutions in the industry,   FinancesOnline took a stab at analyzing the nitty-gritty details and elements of Troop Messenger, and discussed why it’s one of the top Slack alternatives of 2019, in the market today.   In evaluating our unified business communication platform, the software review experts took into consideration of our affordable Troop Messenger pricing options, product implementation, core functionalities, and much more.   Troop Messenger’s capability to unify all business communication channels within an easily accessible platform is one of the main reasons why we received their Great User Experience award for 2019.Thanks to its accessibility, users no longer need to jump from one software to another to communicate and collaborate.   Other aspects commended by the FinancesOnline review team include its secure and exclusive environment for discussing and collaborating on business projects, various types of communication tools to better facilitate discussions, and “Lightning fast” communication, thanks to its mobile support.   The FinancesOnline site also utilized its Customer Satisfaction Algorithm to determine the satisfaction rating of our users. We are happy to announce that we received a positive 86% user satisfaction rating.   We would love to hear from you as well. A great experience for us to receive these awards from Finances Online. Please share your review and submit here.   We thank FinancesOnline for recognizing our hard work at Troop Messenger, and we will continue improving the platform for the benefit of our customers.  
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productivity
16 Nov 2018
Top 5 Google Hangouts Alternative Apps that Improve Team’s Productivity
In order for a business to thrive and meet deadlines and exceed the goals of the bottom line of a company, it is essential to have a decent enterprise social network, aka the business chat app or team chat app where all the members can converse at one place to keep the network in sync.   Table of Contents   1. Slack 2. Troop Messenger 3. Fleep 4. Flock 5. Stride    If you are not using an enterprise application among your team, chances are that team communication is not productive enough which is the backbone of any business.   Communication is the only thing that leads to a community.   Poor communication in the workplace will eventually lead to friction, confusion and the serious drop in productivity levels. Communication is the key to achieve productivity and maintain a strong and healthy relationship irrespective of the role the person possesses in the office.   Gone are the days, where people used boring phone calls, video conferences, emailing service which craves for a subject and specific format to connect with the team.   The one-stop abode to destroy all these obstacles is ‘chat.’ Hands down! Chat simplifies everything. You could type a quick message without following any pattern and get a short reply even as an emoticon signifying that the work is done. This is simple, reliable, and compatible.    Now, every organization needs an business application where the members no longer need to search for a co-worker’s email id. Everyone is just a tap away.   All you have to do is just say hello! Team chat applications must consist of features like screen sharing, video chat, and the best search filters which save time and upshot in the team productivity in the organization. As there are many business chat apps on the market, is happens to get confused to choose the one with all the features.   For your comfort, we have listed the 5 Google Hangouts Alternative Apps that maximized your team productivity:   Slack     A name that doesn’t need any introduction. Slack is one of the best team communication apps that allows the user to sort conversation into channels that can be integrated with other services.   It quickly became one of the popular ways to connect with a group as it works on multiple platforms and interfaces. Slack is the prime reason for becoming ‘bot’ a buzzword. You can build customized slack bots with available tools. The one thing we have to mention about Slack is the feature that has the ability to manage notifications for keywords.   If we dig more, Slack even has customizable themes, emoji-based reactions, and reminders. The reason why Slack has become popular is, they offered Slack for free when its competitors did not.   Available On: iOS, Android, macOS, Linux, and Web    Troop Messenger       One size does not fit for all is a myth for Troop Messenger. It recently entered into the industry as a feature-rich team chats application that comes with end-to-end encryption, user-friendly interface, data ownership, screen sharing, video conference, and the best search filters that one could ask for.   It is suitable for all kinds of business sectors and sizes. Being a purely business chat app, Troop Messenger has high protocols for user entry. Only Admins can let in users on to the platform. Troop Messenger is one of the best business marketing applications that allows the overseer to monitor the messages to analyze the contribution of members of the organization.   The real beauty of Troop Messenger is the fact that it allows users to get integrated with third-party platforms and offers a colossal storage of 15GB which can be upgraded to 1 TB. And unlike most team communication apps like Slack, Skype  Troop Messenger is very economical for the entities. In fact, it is as low as 1/3rd of most available options in the market. And what more, with more number of utilitarian features, ideal for price-sensitive markets.   Available On: iOS, Android, macOS, Linux, and Web    Fleep     Fleep is a new block in the industry that performs quite well in bringing all the employees at one place. With Fleep, users can have a one-on-one conversation, group creation with emoticons, photos, videos, gifs and even maps in a professional overtone.   The best part about Fleep is that it allows you to video conference with hundreds of other, unlike Skype which allows you to add only 10 in a conference. As it is synced up with all platforms, everything would be in a synchronized mode.   On top of everything, you can turn your conversation into a video call with just a tap and it offers 10 GB file storage in the basic plan itself. Probably, which is why it is the demigod of the virtual world.   Available On: iOS, Android, macOS, Linux, and Web    Flock     Flock is a simple, secure and a white-collar corporate application that lets you integrate with as many outside services as you want.   It makes the communication seamless and enhanced the speed of execution which is a major part of any business. It is the ideal collaboration tool at work as it has management features like sharing, video conferencing, audio calls, polls, reminders and many more.   Slack could be the dominant player but there are other small replacements for Slack for a lesser price. Flock is one such application that almost proved that there are better collaborations than email.   Available On: iOS, Android, macOS, Linux, and Web   Stride   Stride ( formerly HipChat ) is one of the fast-growing solutions for enterprise chat apps as it allows file sharing through various windows such as web, mobile and desktop computers.   Stride allows the users to format and edit the messages you sent. You can mark certain messages as tasks and find them on your chat sidebar. You can even customize your status to let the team members know whether you are available or indulged in some work which enhances to keep the focus on the work you are doing without any buzz of notifications.   Available On: iOS, Android, macOS, Linux, and Web     Conclusion These business chat apps can increase the team efficiency by providing seamless interaction despite having distinct geographic boundaries and time zones and accomplish the projects on time.
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21 Aug 2018
The 9 Slack Alternatives to Choose From
Business, irrespective of size, must ensure to have a platform for fast and secure information flow among the employees. At the same time, it should be easy to operate as well as easy on purse strings.   A team collaboration app must cater to all such requirements of the business. The competition has ensured that, precisely for the user community,  with several Slack alternatives coming up with more niche features and functionalities.   Free Slack Alternative Tools  1. Yammer 2. Troop Messenger 3. Fleep 4. Flock 5. Ryver 6. Quip 7. Workzone 8. Hive 9. Jandi   The other day I overheard two geeks at a coffee house discussing animatedly.   The din of the place toned it down to a hush, but the palpable surprise on the face of one was too loud to miss. The topic was workplace communication (what a place to discuss!) and the guy was surprised for the other had not heard of Slack – the team collaboration app- at all. Now, that to me, sums up the reach of this 5-year old collaborative messaging app.   Ever since Slack has hit the market, it only remained at one place -the TOP.   Its sensational entry, timing, and features (too) have catapulted it into the boardrooms of thousands of business entities world over. What it did was to ensure that the messaging needs of the business are met with on a single platform. In a way, it’s a single tool with multiple functionalities which was lapped up by business with glee.   Much water has flown under the bridge since the onset of Slack in the business chat app scenario. Several startups and fledgling ITeS entities ventured into this nascent arena full with niche features to tap a part of this fast expanding market.   Eventually, these and many more, have come to pitch themselves as good Slack alternatives, providing variety and economical options for the user community.   We list below as the top 9 Slack alternatives for you to take an informed decision in choosing one for your entity. Take a look:   Yammer     Want to “Work smarter, work together”? Then Yammer is your choice. This collaborative chat software is much more than a mere office chat app. It provides for collaboration in a community to share ideas and solve problems in half the time.   Among other things, a Yammer user can Join and create groups relevant to your work and interests.   Top Features   Get answers to questions even when not sure whom to ask. Safely collaborate with contractors, customers or sister companies. Keep docs, photos, and videos in context by adding them to conversations. Stay connected with Yammer’s iOS or Android mobile app. After Microsoft acquired Yammer, the prices have been revised down from $15 to $3 per user per month.   Troop Messenger     Troop Messenger says “Team Collaboration like never before” – a very assuring one for team and project managers. It for sure has a golden pot to offer in terms of features, security, ease of use and pricing. One of the latest entrants on to the scene, yet satisfied the expectations of clients in providing the features that are needed for a business messenger application; which is they have been listed in one of the preeminent product listing site, "Capterra."   Effective communication is the key to corporate success. And taking the significance of flawless interaction in the business world,   Troop Messenger - a slack alternative has been designed feature-packed. Amazing feature implementation coupled with high-end security makes Troop messenger look taller in the corresponding market and with a business identity; this encrypted group chat app is apt to take your business communication to the next level.    Top Features    Secure Login Unlimited Messages History Multiple Domain merging Video Conferencing* Screen Sharing /Controlling Jumper * Burnout* Broad Casting* Data Record Dedicated Account Manager     Fleep   “Take Fleep with you, everywhere you go”   Well, this is not what I am saying, but the creator of Fleep! Well, this is an open source software developed for ultimate project communication. Billed as one of the easiest to use apps of this genre, Fleep is pretty straightforward and on top of it has no ads to distract.   Fleep users can Create, assign, search and track tasks with Fleep’s native task management tool Pin important messages to the side of each conversation so everyone can see and edit them.   Meeting notes, important links, contact details etc. Find all shared photos and files in the conversation’s file drawer on the side tab, next to each conversation flow. It is more like Mattermost though.   Just check someone’s profile to see when they were last active. Make audio-video calls and share the screen for faster working Seamlessly integrate to create easy to follow notification feeds so that all the important stuff is together in one place.   Top Features   Unlimited conversations 100 GB file storage Document/file sharing Native apps User account management Premium conversations  Flock     " Flock is free for as long as you want”   That is the flagship announcement from Flock, which has multiple unique features, Github integration being the leader of the pack. Users can collaborate on to one to one basis as well as make and receive group audio/video calls in a jiff. It is cloud-based and is hosted by Amazon Web Services.   The data security is ensured by up to date technology of TLS 1.2 encryption. Flock offers three different types of plans for users to suit various segments of customers.   Top Features   20GBfile storage per licensed user Enhanced admin controls Dedicated support   RYVER   Ryver is another ideal team communication and team management app which combines the best of team communication tools with an intuitive task manager. It allows putting “All your team communication in one place."    It is a one-stop solution that is designed solely to eradicate the usage of multiple applications and email for internal communication. They made the platform simple, reliable, and effective. Ryver’s Task Manager is “where Conversations Take Action” – claims the app.  The features are very well developed to ensure seamless communication and follow up.   Some of the best has been mentioned below:   Top Features   Every Private Team and every Open Forum can have a task board. Each Ryver user gets their own personal task board that only he or she can see. Add detailed checklists to each task. Create a different set of Tasks for each team. No limit on the number of teams or the number of tasks. Assign tasks to one or more team members, set deadlines and be alerted as deadlines approach. Keep your teams on track at all times.     Quip     Quip comes along with a full-suite collaboration software to make things easy for users. It facilitates to “get more done with your team every day” by combining documents, spreadsheets, checklists, and team chat in one place.   Founded in 2013 by two “super nerds” - Bret Taylor and Kevin Gibbs – Quip was absorbed by Salesforce in 2016.   Quip combines teamwork and communication in one central hub that is accessible across devices. It is also one of the strongest Microsoft Teams alternatives. It cuts down the time lag in communication and collaboration, thereby increasing team productivity.    Top Features   UNLIMITED DOCS AND SLIDES + LIVE APPS* SECURE MOBILE COLLABORATION INTEGRATIONS, SUPPORT AND MORE RELIABLE CLOUD-DELIVERED TEAMWORK SPREADSHEETS FOR TEAMS     WorkZone     This is one among the top chat and project management apps around in the market. Around since early 2000, Workzone has carved a niche for itself among users for the sheer ease of use and efficient design. Apart from the outstanding features, WorkZone is known for its amazing customer service.   Every single feature is vetted for real-world use because project management is not complicated than it needs to be. There’s nothing you can’t do with Workzone as far as project management is concerned. Why settle for less?   Top Features   Visibility across organization Easy and Secure file sharing Personal to-do lists and automatic reminder emails   Hive     As a team collaboration tool, Hive provides the best flexibility to users to plan their project tracking and presenting. This is more of a project management tool than a business chat app. While chat can be incidental, the main focus is on tracking and managing project status to provide a summary views to combine several projects and view the big picture. It enables easy task assignment to team members.    However, Hive has a higher price belt and has no free Plan. It offers just two types of plans, making it less accessible for small and medium enterprises. But, both the plans have a 14-day free trial offer.    Top Features   Attaching files Creating subtasks Setting dependencies  Creating personal to-do-lists     JANDI   Jandi is a teamwork collaboration tool for the smoother workflow. It provides for convenient communication, file sharing, and quick feedback checks. It effectively replaces the email client with its easy features such as   Top Features   Chat Rooms for different teams, locations and topics. Easy search filters for quick access Enhanced Admin controls Faster and reliable integration of diverse services Foolproof protocols to ensure data security Data storage and transfer through AWS   Conclusion:  Apart from these top-notch apps, there are several more available, both in the free zone as well as paid plans. The wide range of options presents a fair degree of flexibility for users to choose.   However, it can also make it tough to take a call. Nevertheless, these alternatives give a good bird's eye view of the various options, features on affordable terms. Make your choice!   Disclaimer:  The aim of the article is to be informative. We intend users take an informed decision for an effective and productive experience. The comparison shown in the blog is only towards that end and has no intention of pitting one against the other team collaboration app brands. Readers are advised to consult and confirm from the respective service providers regarding details of features, prices and their policies before utilising any of their services.
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