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Flock   

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Communication and collaboration platform for teams
Flock is a collaborative messaging app for teams which enables users to discuss projects and find and share information and ideas effectively and efficiently. Read more about Flock
Communication and collaboration platform for teams
Flock is a collaborative messaging app for teams which enables users to discuss projects and find and share information and ideas effectively and efficiently. Read more about Flock

G Suite  

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Collaboration app suite for teams
G Suite is a suite of apps from Google which offers a number of tools to communicate and collaborate with colleagues, store files, and manage data. Read more about G Suite
Collaboration app suite for teams
G Suite is a suite of apps from Google which offers a number of tools to communicate and collaborate with colleagues, store files, and manage data. Read more about G Suite

Microsoft Teams  

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Chat-based workspace in Office 365
Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace in Office 365 which lets users collaborate on documents, make voice & video conference calls, view chat logs, and more. Read more about Microsoft Teams
Chat-based workspace in Office 365
Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace in Office 365 which lets users collaborate on documents, make voice & video conference calls, view chat logs, and more. Read more about Microsoft Teams

Zoho Online Office Suite  

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Business Management Suite
Zoho provides quality and user-friendly web-based tools for small businesses. All Zoho applications compares favorably in terms of pricing with similar applications in the industry and are generally very affordable. Zoho has 29 applications to choose from and all the products are integrated together at different levels. Read more about Zoho Online Office Suite The applications suite is divided in three main categories: Collaboration Applications including: Chat, Meeting, Docs, Projects, Discussions, Share, Mail and Wiki Business Applications including: Assist, Marketplace, Books, People, BugTracker, Recruit, Challenge, Reports, Creator, Site24X7, CRM, Support and Invoice Productivity Applications including: Calendar, Sheet, Notebook, Show, Planner and Writer
Business Management Suite
Zoho provides quality and user-friendly web-based tools for small businesses. All Zoho applications compares favorably in terms of pricing with similar applications in the industry and are generally very affordable. Zoho has 29 applications to choose from and all the products are integrated together at different levels. Read more about Zoho Online Office Suite The applications suite is divided in three main categories: Collaboration Applications including: Chat, Meeting, Docs, Projects, Discussions, Share, Mail and Wiki Business Applications including: Assist, Marketplace, Books, People, BugTracker, Recruit, Challenge, Reports, Creator, Site24X7, CRM, Support and Invoice Productivity Applications including: Calendar, Sheet, Notebook, Show, Planner and Writer

ChatWork  

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ChatWork is a group chat app for business
ChatWork is a secure messaging, video chat, task management and file sharing platform for business teams. Read more about ChatWork
ChatWork is a group chat app for business
ChatWork is a secure messaging, video chat, task management and file sharing platform for business teams. Read more about ChatWork

Chaport  

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Website-integrated live chat box software
Chaport is a modern live chat solution with auto-messages, group chat capabilities, saved replies & offline messaging. It has desktop apps for Mac, Windows, Web, & full-featured mobile apps for iOS, & Android. Read more about Chaport
Website-integrated live chat box software
Chaport is a modern live chat solution with auto-messages, group chat capabilities, saved replies & offline messaging. It has desktop apps for Mac, Windows, Web, & full-featured mobile apps for iOS, & Android. Read more about Chaport

Live Guide  

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A secure live chat solution for customer service teams
Live Guide is a live chat solution for customer service teams with features for audio & video chat, customer intelligence, remote assistance, & more. Read more about Live Guide
A secure live chat solution for customer service teams
Live Guide is a live chat solution for customer service teams with features for audio & video chat, customer intelligence, remote assistance, & more. Read more about Live Guide

MiCollab  

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Mobile-first enterprise collaboration tool
MiCollab is an online collaboration tool that enables businesses to connect and communicate across blended environments with voice, video, messaging, and more. Read more about MiCollab
Mobile-first enterprise collaboration tool
MiCollab is an online collaboration tool that enables businesses to connect and communicate across blended environments with voice, video, messaging, and more. Read more about MiCollab

Bolste  

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Collaboration tool for small business teams
Bolste is an all-in-one digital work hub and collaboration tool for small business teams. With tools including business messaging, file sharing, workspaces, video, live documents, tasks, and much more, Bolste aims to help small teams enhance productivity and communications internally and externally… Read more about Bolste
Collaboration tool for small business teams
Bolste is an all-in-one digital work hub and collaboration tool for small business teams. With tools including business messaging, file sharing, workspaces, video, live documents, tasks, and much more, Bolste aims to help small teams enhance productivity and communications internally and externally… Read more about Bolste

AsisteClick  

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Collaborative customer support platform
AsisteClick is a collaborative, multichannel customer support platform which offers live chat, a ticketing system & a range of management reports. Read more about AsisteClick
Collaborative customer support platform
AsisteClick is a collaborative, multichannel customer support platform which offers live chat, a ticketing system & a range of management reports. Read more about AsisteClick

Minsh  

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Branded instant messaging & communication app
Minsh helps organisations better communicate with their teams: our white label messaging apps make sure your message gets across to all your people. Read more about Minsh
Branded instant messaging & communication app
Minsh helps organisations better communicate with their teams: our white label messaging apps make sure your message gets across to all your people. Read more about Minsh
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Instant Messaging & Chat Category Leaders Q1 2019

GetApp's quarterly ranking showcases the leading 10-15 Instant Messaging & Chat apps based in the cloud. Each app is scored using five factors, worth 20 points each, for a total possible score out of 100. These factors include user reviews, integrations, mobile app availability, functionality, and security. Each app's score is independent of commercial interests and existing relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.

Scroll down for more details about inclusion criteria and scoring.

Score
ReviewsIntegrationsMobileFunctionalitySecurity
75
75
Reviews 20/20
Integrations 20/20
Mobile 15/20
Functionality 20/20
Security -/20
62
62
Reviews 9/20
Integrations 10/20
Mobile 15/20
Functionality 13/20
Security 15/20
60
60
Reviews 18/20
Integrations 8/20
Mobile 15/20
Functionality 19/20
Security -/20
59
59
Reviews 9/20
Integrations 8/20
Mobile 13/20
Functionality 13/20
Security 16/20
59
59
Reviews 18/20
Integrations 8/20
Mobile 16/20
Functionality 17/20
Security -/20
50
50
Reviews 11/20
Integrations 10/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 15/20
Security -/20
49
49
Reviews 11/20
Integrations 10/20
Mobile 13/20
Functionality 15/20
Security -/20
48
48
Reviews 13/20
Integrations 6/20
Mobile 16/20
Functionality 13/20
Security -/20
42
42
Reviews 12/20
Integrations 2/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 14/20
Security -/20
42
42
Reviews 10/20
Integrations 2/20
Mobile 18/20
Functionality 12/20
Security -/20
42
42
Reviews 10/20
Integrations 5/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 13/20
Security -/20
40
40
Reviews 9/20
Integrations 3/20
Mobile 14/20
Functionality 14/20
Security -/20
40
40
Reviews 9/20
Integrations 4/20
Mobile 13/20
Functionality 14/20
Security -/20
40
40
Reviews 8/20
Integrations 4/20
Mobile 15/20
Functionality 13/20
Security -/20
38
38
Reviews 11/20
Integrations 2/20
Mobile 13/20
Functionality 12/20
Security -/20

Who is the ranking for?

GetApp's Category Leader ranking is for business owners and decision makers looking for a comprehensive list of the leading cloud-based software products in the industry.

The ranking serves as a point of reference highlighting key factors that small businesses should look at when assessing a piece of software. These factors include user perception (reviews), compatibility (integrations and mobile compatibility), market presence (media presence), and security features (security).

How are the scores calculated?

An app's score is calculated using five unique data points, each scored out of 20, giving a total score out of 100. The ranking and scoring methodology ensure complete impartiality and independence from any relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.

User Reviews *

Review scores are calculated using reviews collected from GetApp and its sister sites, Software Advice and Capterra. Scores are calculated based on the total number, average rating, and recency of reviews.

The number of reviews and average user rating are scaled against the category average. A weighting is then applied to reward recency of user reviews: reviews written in the last 6 months score up to 10 points, those written between 6 and 12 months ago score up to 6 points, and those more than 12 months old score up to 4 points. These numbers are added together to give a total maximum score of 20.

Integrations

Integration scores factor in a number of variables. Up to 16 points are awarded based on the number of integrations an app has; the first 10 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the category average, while 4 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the leaders in the category. An additional 5 points is awarded for an integration with Zapier, a widely used software integration platform, while an extra point is given for having an open API. The total possible score for integrations is 20 points.

Mobile Platforms *

Mobile scores are calculated based on the availability of an iOS and Android app. 5 points are awarded for the presence of each app, with an additional 10 points being awarded for the number and average rating of reviews in both the App Store and Google Play. These review scores are calculated and scaled against the competition for a maximum of 5 points per platform and an overall maximum score of 20.

If there isn't a native iOS or Android app, the product's website is assessed using Google's PageSpeed Insights to measure mobile usability. The score is returned out of 100, then scaled to a score out of 5 for a maximum of 5 points.

Media Presence

Media presence is calculated using the number of Twitter followers and Facebook fans that an app has. The number of fans and followers are added together, and each app is scored based on this overall number, compared with others in the category. The first 15 points are awarded for the combined number of followers and fans scaled against the category average, while the final 5 points are awarded for the combined number of followers and fans scaled against the top leaders in the category. These two scores are added together for a total out of 20 points.

Security

Security scoring is calculated using answers from a vendor-completed survey. The questions in the survey are based on the Cloud Security Alliance self-assessment form as part of the Security, Trust & Assurance Registry. With 15 questions, each answer is assigned a point value based on vendor response, with additional points given for security certifications, for a maximum possible score of 20.

In the event of a tie, each data point is weighted for importance, with security taking precedent, followed by reviews, integrations, mobile apps, and media presence, respectively.

* All data points combining calculations for both ratings and reviews are calculated using a Bayesian estimate, which is a weighted average that includes the number of reviews and the rating of an app, benchmarked against others in the category.