As people mostly carry their smartphone wherever they go, messaging has become the most common mode of communication in our personal as well as professional lives. This trend has specifically become prevalent in enterprises these days. Hence, intuitive, effective team communication or enterprise messaging apps have made their way to companies ranging from small-scale to large-scale.
These enterprise messaging apps provide a convincing alternative to traditional email- a simple and efficient mode to stay connected with coworkers, share documents, and seamlessly work across devices and platforms. As a result, the problem of digging through the piles of messages, managing email exchanges and spams can be eliminated.
In this article, we attempted to list the pros and cons of top four enterprise messaging apps to help you choose the one best suitable for your business.
U&Me Plus is the latest, yet one of the popular workplace communication app, this simple and secure text messaging app is available on multiple platforms including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Microsoft Asha and even on the desktop.
U&Me Plus has flexible pricing plans to cater the needs of organizations across verticals and industries.
– Unlimited group chat
– Tailored alerts: You can choose between SMS, in-app notifications, pop-up notifications, push notifications etc.
– U&Me Plus syncs over devices, so you can continue a conversation on a mobile or a desktop and on the move. The messages can be archived and can be sent as emails.
– This app has the facility to share multiple file types which include but not limited to documents, videos, images, links, screenshots, excel sheets, presentations and so on.
– All the messages are encrypted using 128-bit encryption standards.
– More than 20 integrations available including DropBox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive and lot more.
– Classy and attractive UI.
– Centrally control admin access to monitor and control the messages being sent or received within the company.
– Voice notes, broadcast messages
– Facility to create events and invite the team members.
– Simple pricing, tailored plans.
– Search option could be better.
– No video call feature (this functionality is under development).
The slack app is another highly famous messaging platform for enterprises, used by many well-known companies including eBay, BuzzFeed and NBC Universal. The unique selling factor is Slack is its clean interface. It shines with a user-friendly visual interface. The Slackbot option of Slack helps the new app users get used to the system and get best out of it. Slack is available for iOS, Android, Mac and Desktop.
– Smooth, visually appealing interface.
– Exceptional search option.
– Drag & drop document sharing from your desktop, iCloud, Dropbox, etc.
– The one-on-one and group chats.
– Push notifications
– Slackbot to offers tips and instructions to use the Slack app.
– Individual room notifications available.
– Screen sharing and video chat functionality are under development.
– The self-hosted version is not available.
This is the third best messaging app for enterprise developed specifically for mobile teams. Avaamo can be used for communication with people within the company and outside the company as well (for example, vendors, customers and partners). This app is available only for iOS and Android.
– This app helps you chat with people within the company as well as outsiders.
– Conversations are searchable and secured.
– Screen sharing and document sharing.
– Facility to send voice notes.
– Message read or delivery confirmations
– Off the record mode: This option doesn’t save the chat conversation. Also, you can choose ‘self-destruct’ option to auto delete a message after a set period of time.
– Many integration to third party systems
– Available only for mobile, not suitable for in-office use.
This app is suitable for your business, if your team is already using MS Outlook and looking out to incorporate a messaging feature in your current Outlook account, then Skype for Business (earlier called as Ms Lync) will be a best fit for you.
– Synchronizes with MS Outlook and helps communicate with the users outside the company.
– Option to send voice or video messages and video chat
– File and screen sharing.
– Cloud services.
– Compatible with Microsoft Office Outlook calendars.
– Tiresome search feature
– Inadequate integration
So, it’s your time to select the best suitable enterprise mobile apps for your business. Hope this article is useful to you, if you want to add any other points to the above applications, please share in the comments!
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