Ideal for real time communication, chat platforms allow teams to easily ask questions, set up meetings, and share content. These chat features can also integrate with larger services like G-Suite and Microsoft 365.
Google Chat is apart of the G-suite and made to help businesses succeed as it allows users to communicate directly or in groups. Additionally, conversations can be organized into threads allowing teams to divide conversations into different categories. It is integrated with the G-suite so meetings through Google Hangouts, emails from Gmail and files from Google Drive can easily be shared via the chat.
Features: Integrated with G-Suite, Threads for projects, File sharing
Similarly to Google Chat, Microsoft Teams allows for easy instant messaging between individuals or teams. It is integrated with Microsoft Office so the chat can easily access outlook emails, Outlook calendar and other Microsoft Teams services.
Features: Integrated with Office 365, Email to messaging, Individual and team chat
Slack is a tool designed for businesses online communication needs. With Slack your team can easily stay in touch with individual messaging or group messages. Additionally, you can organize individuals into channels for specific projects or teams where people can easily communicate, share files and keep up with their progress.
Features: Multiple channels, Save and search messages, Integrates with other apps
Jabber is a Webex Cisco service that includes all of the tools your team needs to communicate virtually. Along with video conferencing and voice chat, Jabber includes an instant messaging service that allows teams to communicate one on one or in group messages.
Features: Instant messaging, Individual and team chat
Grape is an independent messaging tool that works similarly to Slack because you can organize chat into projects or teams as well as communicate one on one. It’s also available on web and mobile making it easy to access chat anytime, anywhere.
Features: Web and mobile versions, Project chats, Individual chats