The best Slack alternatives

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Before we start with our list of Slack alternatives, let's take a look at Slack itself. First launched in 2013 as a messaging platform, Slack has since grown into a mature communication and collaboration platform for teams. Its most useful features now include direct messaging, group and private chat, notifications and alerts, search capabilities, document sharing and integration with apps like Dropbox and Google Drive. And in 2020, its use has skyrocketed in response to the push for remote working around the world.

So why would you want to look for Slack alternatives? Well, maybe the free version doesn’t offer enough for your team, and you can’t afford to pay for the full plan. Perhaps you’re looking for functionality that isn’t yet there in Slack. Or possibly you just want to try out a few options before settling on the right tool for you and your team. Whatever the reason, we’ve brought together the very best alternatives to Slack in this article. Read to find out what each has to offer...

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.