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Slack  

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A single place for team communication and workflows
Slack is a single workspace that connects users with the people and tools they work with everyday, no matter where they are or what they do. Read more about Slack
A single place for team communication and workflows
Slack is a single workspace that connects users with the people and tools they work with everyday, no matter where they are or what they do. Read more about Slack

talkspirit  

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Enterprise social networking & communication platform
Both an Enterprise Social Network and a chat, talkspirit simplify communication, strengthen cohesion, and boost collaboration within organizations. Read more about talkspirit
Enterprise social networking & communication platform
Both an Enterprise Social Network and a chat, talkspirit simplify communication, strengthen cohesion, and boost collaboration within organizations. Read more about talkspirit

Zoho Connect  

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Enterprise private social network
Connect in real-time with colleagues with Zoho Connect's private messaging, one-to-one chat, and group chatrooms. Read more about Zoho Connect
Enterprise private social network
Connect in real-time with colleagues with Zoho Connect's private messaging, one-to-one chat, and group chatrooms. Read more about Zoho Connect

Zoho Cliq  

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Team communication software
Cliq is a team communication & collaboration solution from Zoho with team & private channels, video conferencing, file sharing, searchable chat histories & more. Read more about Zoho Cliq
Team communication software
Cliq is a team communication & collaboration solution from Zoho with team & private channels, video conferencing, file sharing, searchable chat histories & more. Read more about Zoho Cliq

Communifire  

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Enterprise Social Collaboration Software
Communifire is an enterprise social collaboration platform which empowers employees to share ideas & collaborate on content while still retaining control over who can do & see what. Everything a group needs is in one place with updates on all groups coming to users in one place too. Read more about Communifire
Enterprise Social Collaboration Software
Communifire is an enterprise social collaboration platform which empowers employees to share ideas & collaborate on content while still retaining control over who can do & see what. Everything a group needs is in one place with updates on all groups coming to users in one place too. Read more about Communifire

Workplace by Facebook  

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Secure enterprise social networking & communication platform
Workplace by Facebook is a secure enterprise social networking platform that allows co-workers to connect immediately via Work Chat instant messaging. Read more about Workplace by Facebook
Secure enterprise social networking & communication platform
Workplace by Facebook is a secure enterprise social networking platform that allows co-workers to connect immediately via Work Chat instant messaging. Read more about Workplace by Facebook

eXo Platform  

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Enterprise digital collaboration software
Improve team collaboration and exchange information fast and conveniently through instant messaging. Read more about eXo Platform
Enterprise digital collaboration software
Improve team collaboration and exchange information fast and conveniently through instant messaging. Read more about eXo Platform

Rocket.Chat  

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Open source team chat communication tool
Rocket.Chat is an open source team collaboration & communication platform with live chat, video and audio conferencing, file sharing, message translation & more. Read more about Rocket.Chat
Open source team chat communication tool
Rocket.Chat is an open source team collaboration & communication platform with live chat, video and audio conferencing, file sharing, message translation & more. Read more about Rocket.Chat

Deskpro  

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Customer service software you can depend on
Deskpro is multi-channel helpdesk software that can be Cloud or self-hosted. The helpdesk app includes using filters, custom fields, macros, quick replies, labels, triggers and notes. You can also use Deskpro to generate self-help content for your clients. Read more about Deskpro Other features of the app include live chat, customer feedback and suggestion tools, custom branding, 3rd party integrations and advanced reporting.
Customer service software you can depend on
Deskpro is multi-channel helpdesk software that can be Cloud or self-hosted. The helpdesk app includes using filters, custom fields, macros, quick replies, labels, triggers and notes. You can also use Deskpro to generate self-help content for your clients. Read more about Deskpro Other features of the app include live chat, customer feedback and suggestion tools, custom branding, 3rd party integrations and advanced reporting.

Helpshift  

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Scalable customer care via web & mobile apps
Helpshift is an in-app customer engagement and web-based customer support platform that enables mobile apps to improve customer experience, drive higher ratings, reduce churn and increase retention. The suite includes full ticketing system, native FAQs, in-app chat, push campaigns & more. Read more about Helpshift
Scalable customer care via web & mobile apps
Helpshift is an in-app customer engagement and web-based customer support platform that enables mobile apps to improve customer experience, drive higher ratings, reduce churn and increase retention. The suite includes full ticketing system, native FAQs, in-app chat, push campaigns & more. Read more about Helpshift

INSIDE  

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Visual, omni channel customer engagement platform
INSIDE is an enterprise customer engagement platform designed to help businesses engage with customers through personalized chat, SMS, Facebook messages, & more. Read more about INSIDE
Visual, omni channel customer engagement platform
INSIDE is an enterprise customer engagement platform designed to help businesses engage with customers through personalized chat, SMS, Facebook messages, & more. Read more about INSIDE
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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.

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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.