Hall vs HipChat: What are the differences?
Hall: Real-time business chat & texting for teams. Hall is group chat, IM and video chat for companies and teams. Available free for the web, desktop and mobile. FREE anytime, anywhere; HipChat: 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.
Hall and HipChat can be categorized as "Group Chat & Notifications" tools.
Some of the features offered by Hall are:
- Group & Private Chat - Easily message one-on-one or in groups with users in- or out-of-network. No need for a work email address.
- Syncs Across All Devices - Hall syncs seamlessly and persistently across Mac, Windows, Web, Android, and iPhone. Your chats are wherever you are.
- Integrate With All Your Favorite Services - Dropbox, Hubot, Github, Zapier, Get Satisfaction, NewRelic, Jenkins, Box, and many more....
On the other hand, HipChat provides the following key features:
- Desktop apps (Windows, Linux, Mac)
- Mobile apps
- Web app
"Free" is the top reason why over 3 developers like Hall, while over 143 developers mention "Integrates well with a lot of developer tools" as the leading cause for choosing HipChat.
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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/
Hall works great with services such as github, crashlytics, bitbucket etc to give your team real time information on activities going on in those sites without having to visit them individually. It gives our team some peace of mind knowing that all our information to coming directly to us when we need it!
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.
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.
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.
Part of our team are spread over cities and they are connected by chats or conference, sharing insights, alerts and tech discussions.
I use HipChat to communicate with group members. I like that I can hop on and catch up on any conversations that I missed.