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HipChat vs Microsoft Teams: What are the differences?

Developers describe HipChat as "Supercharge team collaboration with group chat and IM". HipChat is a hosted private chat service for your company or team. Invite colleagues to share ideas and files in persistent group chat rooms. Get your team off AIM, Google Talk, and Skype — HipChat was built for business. On the other hand, Microsoft Teams is detailed as "Chat-based workspace in Office 365". See content and chat history anytime, including team chats with Skype that are visible to the whole team. Private group chats are available for smaller group conversations.

HipChat and Microsoft Teams can be categorized as "Group Chat & Notifications" tools.

Some of the features offered by HipChat are:

  • Desktop apps (Windows, Linux, Mac)
  • Mobile apps
  • Web app

On the other hand, Microsoft Teams provides the following key features:

  • All your content, tools, people, and conversations are available in the team workspace
  • Enjoy built-in access to SharePoint, OneNote, and Skype for Business
  • Work on documents right in the app

"Integrates well with a lot of developer tools" is the top reason why over 143 developers like HipChat, while over 4 developers mention "Free" as the leading cause for choosing Microsoft Teams.

According to the StackShare community, HipChat has a broader approval, being mentioned in 307 company stacks & 114 developers stacks; compared to Microsoft Teams, which is listed in 45 company stacks and 31 developer stacks.

Decisions about HipChat and Microsoft Teams

As it is the communication tool chosen for the course, our team will be using Slack to monitor the course announcements from our instructor as well as to communicate with the instructor and industry partners. The tool for communicating within the team will be Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams enables the team to share documents and edit them synchronously(Google Drive is not an option due to one team member's location). Since it also provides a group chat feature, we chose to use it as our communication tool to avoid using too many softwares.

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Hirotaka Ishihara
Undergrad at University of Toronto · | 2 upvotes · 72.1K views

Communication We have chosen two tools for our team communication.

  • Slack

We choose Slack since all of us are familiar with this communication tool. We have a private channel for our team Sphinx for text messages. We added Github apps inside our private channel for repo update notifications. Furthermore, we could contact the subject matter experts within the workspace DCSIL directly for the issues we meet.

  • Microsoft Teams

We use Microsoft Teams for virtual meetings for its fast connection speed. In addition, the call feature in Slack is a paid feature, and we could have virtual meetings and share screens for free in Microsoft Teams.

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Luke Carr
CEO at Omnio Interactive · | 16 upvotes · 150K views

We tried out a handful of communication tools including Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Google Hangouts Chat, before settling with Mattermost.

The customisability offered through your server's system console is unrivalled and in some ways overwhelming with the sheer amount of options that you're provided with.

All communication tools share 99% of their UI with each other, and Mattermost is no different, but that's not a bad thing. It also seems to have a less cluttered interface than the others we had tried, although I can't pinpoint the specific design choice that is the reason for this.

The fact that we can have control over all of our data (we're self-hosting it through AWS on a single EC2 instance) is also a great plus which none of the options that we looked into offered.

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Pros of HipChat
Pros of Microsoft Teams
  • 144
    Integrates well with a lot of developer tools
  • 96
  • 85
    Clients for every major platform
  • 70
  • 70
    Free unlimited users
  • 40
    Extremely easy to use for non-tech guys
  • 39
    Good api integration
  • 38
  • 28
  • 26
    Feature rich
  • 13
    Affordable at $2/user
  • 6
    Email notifications
  • 6
    Text Messages
  • 4
    More developer-friendly than Skype
  • 3
    JIRA integration
  • 3
    Integrates with Atlassian products
  • 2
    Team Chat Rooms
  • 2
    Full text search
  • 1
    Intergration with all the things
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
    On-Premise deployment
  • 1
    Trello integration
  • 1
    256-bit SSL encryption to transmit your data
  • 26
    Work well with the rest of Office 365 work flow
  • 22
    Mobile friendly
  • 18
  • 12
    Great integrations
  • 11
    Well-thought Design
  • 10
  • 8
    Easy setup
  • 6
    Unlimited users
  • 5
    Strong search and data archiving
  • 4
    Multi domain switching support
  • 4
    Easy to integrate with
  • 3
    Same interface on multiple platforms
  • 3
    Web interface
  • 2
    Great voice quality

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Cons of HipChat
Cons of Microsoft Teams
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    • 16
      Confusing UI
    • 12
      Bad performance on init and after quite a use
    • 9
      Bad Usermanagement
    • 6
      Can't see all members in a video meeting
    • 6
      No desktop client (only fat and slow electron app)
    • 5
      No Markdown Support
    • 5
      Unable to Mute users
    • 4
      Forced WYSIWYG
    • 4
      MIssing public channels
    • 4
      You don't really own your messages
    • 3
      Challenging Onboarding
    • 3
      Is bad
    • 3
      Stubborn, unused friendly
    • 3
      No linux support

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    What is HipChat?

    HipChat is a hosted private chat service for your company or team. Invite colleagues to share ideas and files in persistent group chat rooms. Get your team off AIM, Google Talk, and Skype — HipChat was built for business.

    What is Microsoft Teams?

    See content and chat history anytime, including team chats with Skype that are visible to the whole team. Private group chats are available for smaller group conversations.

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    Reviews of HipChat and Microsoft Teams
    Co-founder, Product at Everhour
    Review of

    Here are the main issues hard to solve with Skype but easily handled with HipChat.

    Pickle #1. Group chatting Pickle #2. Offline mode Pickle #3. Sending pictures Pickle #4. Code snippets Pickle #5. Link search

    And of course integrations.

    We've gathered all our thoughts in an article - http://weavora.com/blog/2014/02/04/why-we-love-hipchat/

    Review of

    I really like HipChat, not only because it's available on whatever "machine/device" you use but it has a ton of add-ons that you can integrate in you chat room that keep you and your team constantly aware of what's happening with your business.

    How developers use HipChat and Microsoft Teams
    Analytical Informatics uses

    Hipchat provides a comprehensive and searchable chat system for development and customer relations. It is integrated with GitHub and JIRA so our developers can have specific rooms for each project, and we also have rooms for each customer tied into their Twitter feeds so we know what is relevant and can track issues via Nagios alerts.

    DigitalPermits uses

    Everyone in our company uses HipChat. From our help center to our engineering department, we do most of our internal conversations in hipchat rooms. Also as a remote engineering team, it is super useful to have a service like this so that conversations are logged and in the open.

    Grubster uses

    Part of our team are spread over cities and they are connected by chats or conference, sharing insights, alerts and tech discussions.

    Tyler Morgan uses

    I use HipChat to communicate with group members. I like that I can hop on and catch up on any conversations that I missed.

    douglasresende uses

    Comunication between coworkers and get notify the other services, like to Jira; Github; Airbrake...