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Top 2 tools for instant messaging (group chat) with your team

  • Create chat groups organized by topic/project (or chat privately).
  • Archive your team’s chat history for easy searching.
  • Share files with drag-n-drop file sharing.
  • Integrate with some of the most popular services from around the web.
  • Keep conversations synced between multiple devices (web-based app, desktop app, mobile app).
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HipChat

https://www.hipchat.com

HipChat is free to use for an unlimited number of users. Their paid plan costs $2/month per user if you want a searchable archive of more than 25,000 messages. Video chat and screen sharing are also included.

In addition to their web-based app, HipChat offers a desktop app for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Mobile apps are also available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

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Slack» Visit Free plan availableLynda tutorial

Slack

https://slack.com

Slack is free to use for an unlimited number of users. Paid plans start at $8/month (or $7/month when paid annually) per user if you want a searchable archive of more than 10,000 messages.

In addition to their web-based app, Slack offers a desktop app for Mac as well as mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

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