By the time you read this, you’ll probably have already heard about how Slack has acquired all the intellectual property of Atlassian’s HipChat and Stride, and if you were a user of the platform it might be a bit of a hassle thinking about the future of your team’s communication.
While Atlassian will be helping everyone have a successful migration to Slack, there might be a few questions that are worth addressing before the big change.
Not everybody is familiar with Slack, and going from one platform to the other might be a little confusing for some. At SoftwareDevTools, we’re no strangers to either messaging app, having worked on Stand-Bot, a standup bot for both Stride and Slack. So with all this migration-situation, we've decided to write a little comparison between two platforms so it can be easier to understand Slack's features and possibilities.
For starters, in Slack you can find different types of people with specific roles:
Workspace Owners - the ones in charge of security and administrative tasks, there’s also a Primary Owner who is usually the one who creates the workspace and is the only person who’s able to delete it.
Workspace Admins - they are in charge of managing members and public channels
Members - regular users with no special permits
Guests - people who can access only specific channels they’ve been given permission and can only direct message with the people in them
Rooms vs. #Channels
On Stride discussions are held in what they like to call “rooms”. Slack does work the same way, but in this platforms they are called “channels”. Channels can be both, public - anyone in the workspace can find and join them, or private - where a user needs an invitation to join and it’s not searchable for those outside of it.
When messaging on a channel or a direct message, Slack shows three actions: inserting a file, adding an emoji or mentioning another user instead of listing every tool the way Stride does. To help you with your formatting needs, Slack shows all of the options below the messaging box once you’ve typed 2 characters: bold, italics, strike, code, preformatted and quote. Convenient.
One of the main features that differentiates Slack from Stride is the ability to create threads from a message in a channel. Threads are an efficient way to keep a conversation organized, specially if there’s a lot of topics being discussed or if the topic doesn’t concern everyone in the channel.
To do this, all you need to do is hover a message and select the dialogue box that says “start a thread”. Threads are also part of the notification system and you will know whenever the conversation has continued.
Just like Stride, Slack offers an option to mute notifications with its “Do Not Disturb” mode as well as being able to have different settings for your channels and keyword alerts. The difference between both platforms being that Slack currently lacks something that sums up all the notifications during the time period like Stride’s “While you were away” message.
One of Slack’s biggest advantage is the fact that they have a directory with more than 800 apps you can use with it (including our Stand-bot * wink *, a bot to run asynchronous standup meetings), organized in different categories with many popular tools.
This is surprising when compared to Stride’s current catalog of around 30 available integrations and makes the possibilities of how you can use the app pretty much endless.
Another of Slack’s most distinctive features is the possibility to search within shared files. That’s right, its search engine has the ability to find what you neeed within Google docs and Dropbox documents you send to your teammates, making it easier to find everything. You can also filter by a particular user, channel or time.
Millions of people around the world use Slack to connect their teams, unify their systems, and drive their business forward. From Fortune 100 companies to corner markets, Slack helps people communicate better.
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