Slack - IRC-style IM for Work

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  1. elvis

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    You don't have to sell it to me, I'm keen. All I'm saying is that if we've got dollars to throw around, there's a number of other things we *need* to throw them at before we get to the list of sexy wants. :)
     
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    Slack is free unless you need message retention beyond 10,000 messages or lots of integrations :)
     
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    Can always use the free tier to start with and pay for the sexy features for the dev team when you're ready :thumbup:
     
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    ^^ Secretly I use it because of the emoticons...
     
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    :smiile: :)

    Plus you can add custom ones, like server notifications getting a fire emoji if it's critical :)
     
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    I like the affirmations it gives me each time I login.
     
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    I used to have these back when we had a crappy CISCO phone system at my last work.

    Now days phone systems have these built in.
    What does this give you over what's included within your business phone system's IM client? Seems a bit backwards to have a seperate IM solution now days?

    I use 3CX and Zultys and both have good IM clients/phone apps etc.
    Both integrate with your address-book for CallerID etc.

    Goes kinda the one step further and allow you to take business calls from your mobile etc when you're logged in via the phone app. Can see presence via Outlook etc also.

    Zultys one I think is superior but 3CX is way cheaper.

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    What? Have you even used Slack? :tongue:
     
  10. Wynne

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    There's also Mattermost if you want an open source alternative to escape the pricing. Apparently supports all the same APIs/Webhooks but I am not a developer :)

    http://www.mattermost.org/

    I've been using it socially on my own VM for a few weeks, works well and has been stable, albeit with only a few users.
     
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    I'm trying to get everyone to use "Skype for Business". It is a struggle as everyone sticks to walking around the office/talking or sending emails...
     
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    We use Openfire/Spark clients. Works well. Fairly easy to setup as well. But yelling across the room and walking up to people's desk is still the preferred way of communication for a lot of people unfortunately.
     
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    As a longtime IRC, ICQ, MSN, Jabber/GChat user.

    S4B is a fucking horrible client for me.

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    The fact I can't pull it into Trillian/Pidgin is basically the biggest thing stopping me from using it.
     
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    Someone posted about this a few days ago. Looks interesting, and I can see this filling the niche for those who have a small budget and need a lot of message retention.
     
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    I spun up another Slack account after using mattermost for a few weeks. Its amazingly similar, Slack just feels like it has that last 20% of polished usability.

    I don't think there's much point comparing Slack to SfB or Jabber/Openfire, etc.
    They're all IM/Telephony/Video clients whereas Slack is more IRC for non nerds wrapped in a nice browser/app UI.

    IRC has always been more communal than IM and arguably more useful but getting non technical people to use it has always been impossible :confused:

    Yammer is also not competing with Slack, yammer is more business facebook imo, its great at getting people more socially engaged in and around their work but using it to replace email/IM conversations isn't really a pleasant experience.
     
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    Slack here too, and at my last couple of places. works really well, mobile is polished nicely
     
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    we got asked to get slack working, but it just doesn't want to through our websense proxy. I was very happy about that when we already have a myriad of other products in use that fill the space.
     
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