The 5 Slack Alternatives Your Startup Needs

For today’s startups, digital communications are paramount in keeping digital businesses afloat. But while most businesses rely on the ever-popular Slack, there are a number of other alternatives that can better support the needs of digital businesses and remote teams.

Whether you’re looking to give some new apps a try or want to expand the resources that your remote team uses to keep in communication and get daily tasks done, here are a few Slack alternatives that your should consider for your business needs today.


For small businesses looking to keep their costs low, HipChat could be the Slack alternative for you to consider. Giving you the best value for your money, HipChat allows for remote teams and digital-based businesses to focus on making communication at the forefront.

HipChat users can work with group and private chat, file sharing, and integrations, Secure guest access, unlimited file transfer, 256-bit SSL Encryption. By making these features affordable, HipChat also pushes for small businesses and individuals to be at the forefront of their own communications. It also differs from Slack in that $2 a month will guarantee unlimited search history and storage – a feature that will benefit businesses as they continue to grow.


Though keeping costs down is a central concern for many growing businesses, it also helps to have a platform that’s specialized to your specific niche. Yammer, a premium communications option for integrating all key features and flexibility of an app to your digital needs.

The focus for this app is for educational organizations and growing businesses. Supported across a variety of platforms, Yammer could be the tool that your small business needs.

Microsoft Lync

Previously known as Microsoft Office Communicator, Microsoft Lync is an “enterprise software solution for Instant messaging and chat clients”. This software is specifically targeted to corporate clients looking to boost their inter-team communications, the integration of Skype Business also helps to boost digital communication.

The perks of Microsoft Lync include: IM and Presence, Video Conferencing, Lync Meetings and Telephony. And all of these features can help to support the needs of a digital business.


Fuze, with both free and premium options, allows businesses to communicate mobilly and on desktop. With an emphasis on digital streaming services, Fuze allows users to incorporate HD video calls and video conferencing to their communication plans.

It’s a good option for those who rely more on video streaming than text communication and file sharing.


Trusted by many major Fortune 500 companies, Glip is another free and premium based team communications and collaboration tool for businesses to consider. This streamlines the need to utilize a multitude of other cloud-based apps, allowing for communication through built-in chat, tasks, calendar, file sharing, video conferencing.

Slack may be the industry go-to when it comes to digital communication, but these Slack alternatives could also be what your business needs to get their digital communications on par.

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