Best software for team communication in 2021

Discover our comparison of the 16 best solutions that will help your teams communicate more fluidly and efficiently.

Best software for team communication in 2021

Is team communication important to you?

Do you believe communication makes collaboration easier

Seeking a tool that improves communication between your employees

Check out our top 16 best team communication programs:

  1. Talkspirit
  2. Slack
  3. Google Chat and Google Meet
  4. Microsoft Teams
  5. Zoom
  6. Workplace 
  7. Flock
  8. Ryver
  9. Glip
  10. Spike
  11. Fleep
  12. Rocket Chat 
  13. Chanty 
  14. Brosix 
  15. GoToMeeting
  16. Jitsi 

Choose the one that suits you best. 




1. Talkspirit

The all-in-one platform that simplifies your employees' communication

Talkspirit team communication

Talkspirit is an all-in-one French collaborative platform that centralizes all the tools you need daily to communicate effectively with your colleagues, including instant chat, video conferencing, audio conferencing, livestream, publications, and comments.

Mainly designed for SME and middle-market companies, Talkspirit now includes more than 500 customers. Among them, the communication agency Bergamote, which—in addition to having increased its productivity—has managed to reduce its internal email by nearly 100%. 

Key features:

  • instant chat 
  • video and audio conferencing
  • live video
  • access without email possible to integrate ALL your employees
  • possibility to create thematic discussion groups 
  • available on mobile 
  • responsive customer service and user support (FR and EN) seven days a week
  • GDPR : data hosted in the EU (at OVHcloud)

Limitations / drawbacks : Talkspirit is an all-in-one collaborative tool that will meet all your needs in terms of team communication. Nevertheless, Talkspirit is not the ideal solution if you are only looking for an online messaging app.

Pricing: 

  • free Essentials plan
  • paid plans from €4 per month per user(decreasing from 500 users and preferential conditions for associations)  
  • free trial (15 days) 
  • free personalized demo 

Learn more from Talkspirit users' feedback 



2. Slack 

Collaborative messaging app that breaks down communication silos

Slack team communication

Slack is a messaging application that organizes your conversations into customizable themed channels. Easy to use, Slack also offers you a large number of integrations with external applications. 

Key features:

  • easy-to-use tool
  • very well developed integration system 
  • web and mobile applications
  • videoconferencing 

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • Without special attention, the numerous discussions can lead to wasted time. 
  • publisher subject to the Cloud Act* 

Pricing: 

  • Free plan 
  • Standard plan at €6.25 per month per user
  • plan Plus at €11.75 per month per user
  • Enterprise Grid plan on quotation



3. Google Chat and Google Meet 

The communication tools developed by Google

Google Chat team communication

Both included in the Google Workspace collaboration suite, Google Chat and Google Meet (formerly combined in the standalone product Hangouts), allow respectively to communicate via private messaging and to make high quality video calls. 

Key features:

  • group chat
  • discussion thread
  • chatbot 
  • powerful search function
  • HD video calls and screen sharing 
  • instant subtitles 

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • G Suite does not offer a desktop application 
  • regular updates imply a certain adaptability of the users
  • publisher subject to the Cloud Act* 

Pricing: 

  • Business Starter plan at €4.68 per month per user 
  • Business Standard plan at €9.36 per month per user
  • Business Plus plan at €15.60 per month per user 
  • Enterprise plan on quotation from the sales department
  • 14-day free trial 




4. Microsoft Teams 

The Office 365 chat solution

Teams team communication

Microsoft Teams is an online collaborative workspace that, among other features, allows its users to take advantage of an integrated chat and to participate in audio and video calls: useful tools to fluidify daily team communication. 

Key features:

  • instant messaging 
  • good integration with the Microsoft 365 ecosystem of tools
  • storage, sharing and co-editing of documents

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • no access without email possible
  • publisher subject to the Cloud Act* 

Pricing: 

  • free plan
  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic plan at just €4.20 per month per user
  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard plan at just €10.50 per month per user 
  • Office 365 E3 plan at €19.70 per month per user 



5. Zoom

The cloud-based video and web conferencing platform

Zoom team communication

Zoom is a videoconferencing and web conferencing platform that allows you to hold high-quality online meetings as well as share files and use group messaging. 

Key features:

  • integrated HD audio and video
  • recordings and transcriptions
  • group discussions
  • integrated collaboration tools

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • support teams to improve
  • stability of the mobile solution to be optimized
  • publisher subject to the Cloud Act* 

Pricing: 

  • free plan
  • Pro plan at €13.99 per month per license 
  • Business plan at €18.99 per month per license (up to 300 participants)
  • Enterprise plan at €18.99 per month per license (up to 500 participants)
  • Zoom United Business plan at €33 per month per license 



6. Workplace  

The enterprise social network that follows the codes of Facebook

team communication workspace

Workplace is an enterprise social network developed by Facebook to better connect all your employees. Like Facebook and its famous instant messaging system Messenger, Workplace uses Work Chat to facilitate exchanges among employees. 

Key features:

  • replicated Facebook user experience that makes it quick and easy to get started 
  • integration with Google Workspace and Office 365 
  • newsfeed
  • focus groups 
  • videoconferencing 

Limitations / disadvantages: 

  • the familiarity of the platform with the Facebook social network can lead to inappropriate use in the professional sphere
  • publisher subject to the Cloud Act* 

Pricing: 

  • Advanced plan at $4 per month per user
  • Enterprise plan at $8 per month per user
  • 30-day free trial

 


7. Flock  

The collaborative messaging application for teams

Flock team communication


Flock is a tool available on PC and mobile that allows your teams to communicate instantly through instant messaging, organize themselves into discussion groups, and participate in audio and video calls. Flock also offers over 40 methods of integration. 

Key features:

  • instant messaging
  • videoconferencing
  • public and private groups
  • integrations with Google Drive, Github, Trello, Asana, etc. 

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • technical support to be improved 
  • search tool (messages, photos...)aren't very efficient

Pricing: 

  • free plan
  • Pro plan at $4.50 per month per user
  • Enterprise plan on request
  • 30-day free trial



8. Ryver 

An all-in-one communication and collaboration application

Ryver team communication


Ryver is a communication and collaboration software that enables your employees to work more efficiently with features such as group messaging, audio and video calls. 

Key features:

  • usability
  • well-developed system of integrations
  • possibility to create several thematic chat rooms

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • slow loading (especially when connecting to your platform)

Pricing: 

  • Starter plan at $49 per month (up to 12 users)
  • Unlimited plan at $79 per month (unlimited number of users)
  • Enterprise plan at $149 per month (unlimited users and additional features)

More information on the publisher's website. 



9. Glip 

The communication platform that allows teams to exchange more efficiently

Glip team communication

Glip is a conversation and collaboration platform that allows your teams to chat, meet in online video meetings, share files and organise their work. 

Key features:

  • instant messaging
  • video conferencing and screen sharing 
  • adding comments to shared files 

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • solution that seems to have changed little in recent years 
  • Glip is a collaboration software but the functionalities related to this use case need to be improved

Pricing: 

  • free Glip Pro plan
  • Grip Pro+ plan at $11.99 per month per user



10. Spike

The software that turns your emails into a chat

Spike team communication

Spike is a messaging application that aims to unify all your daily communications. The result? Your team exchanges are simplified and you save time. 

Key features:

  • reduction of the time spent on the email box 
  • instant messaging
  • audio and video conferencing 
  • collaborative features 

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • some features could be better optimized 
  • Emails with pictures are poorly displayed. 
  • The interface can be improved to make the user experience more pleasant.

Pricing: 

  • free plan
  • Pro plan at $4 per month per user
  • Business plan at $6 per month per user
  • Enterprise plan at $40 per month per user



11. Fleep 

The flexible collaborative messaging app 

Fleep team communication

Fleep is a flexible messaging application that allows you to improve your team's communication but also to equip collaboration. 

Key features:

  • audio conferencing
  • video conferencing with screen sharing 
  • instant messaging 
  • ability to send emails via the application

Limitations/disadvantages: the quality and stability of voice calls need to be optimized
Price:

  • Free Basic Plan
  • Business plan at €5 per month per user
  • Enterprise plan on request 



12. Rocket Chat

The open sourceteam communication platform

Rocket Chat team communication

Rocket Chat is an open-source program launched in 2015 that allows you to communicate and collaborate with your team, share files, instant message, and hold audio and video meetings online. 

Key features:

  • instant messaging 
  • possibility to @mention a member 
  • Intuitive to use interface 

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • The notification system needs to be improved. 
  • The platform apparently encounters a significant number of bugs quite regularly. 


Pricing: 

  • free plan
  • Pro plan at $3 per month per user 
  • Enterprise plan on request



13. Chanty

Collaborative software for team communication

Chanty team communication

Chanty is an easy-to-use team messaging system that allows your employees to communicate and collaborate more effectively. Chanty brings together all aspects of communication in one place: chat, video and audio calls, screen sharing...

Key features:

  • affordable solution 
  • easy to use 

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • system of integrations to be developed
  • number of features to be developed 

Pricing: 

  • free plan
  • Business plan at $3 per month per user 



14. Brosix

The secure instant-messaging application 

Brosix team communication

Brosix is an instant-messaging platform that allows you to create a private exchange space for your team. Brosix also allows you to do video and audio conference and share files. 

Key features:

  • advanced administration features
  • affordable solution 
  • easy to use 

Limitations/disadvantages: integration system to be developed

Pricing: 

  • free startup plan
  • Business plan at $4 per month per user
  • Premium plan at $6 per month per user 


15. GoToMeeting

The tool that improves remote team communication

GoToMeeting team communication

GoToMeeting is an online platform that allows you to organize video and audio conferences in high definition easily to better communicate not only with your employees but also external partners.

Key features:

  • HD video
  • overview of your webcam
  • screen sharing
  • drawing tool
  • intra-session chat

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • impossible to send a meeting link directly from your platform (copy/paste required)
  • system of integrations to be developed

Pricing: 

  • Professional plan at €10.75 per month per organizer
  • Business plan at €14.33 per month per organizer 
  • Enterprise plan on request


16. Jitsi

The free tool to organize secure and high quality conferences

Jitsi team communication

Jitsi is open-source video conferencing software that allows you to organize quality video and audio conferences to facilitate your remote exchanges with your teams. 

Key features:

  • HD audio and video
  • organize free online meetings for up to 100 simultaneous participants 
  • simultaneous multiple screen sharing 
  • accessible on PC, Mac, mobile and tablet 

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • intra-session chat could be improved 
  • server stability 

Pricing: free of charge






*Cloud Act: US federal law on the surveillance of personal data, adopted in 2018, which obliges US service providers to provide the federal authorities all stored data upon request, regardless of the location of the servers (even in the  EU) (Source: Wikipedia)



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