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Quip vs Slack: What are the differences?

What is Quip? Messaging and documents. Combined in one place, on any device. Edit and discuss in one place. Quip combines documents with messages so you can work faster, on the web or on the go.

What is Slack? Bring all your communication together in one place. Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together.

Quip can be classified as a tool in the "Document Collaboration" category, while Slack is grouped under "Group Chat & Notifications".

Some of the features offered by Quip are:

  • Multi-platform
  • Collaborative editing
  • Integrated messaging

On the other hand, Slack provides the following key features:

  • Create open channels for the projects, groups and topics that the whole team shares.
  • Search with context
  • Autocomplete makes mentioning your teammates quick and painless.

"Simple, reliable and fast" is the primary reason why developers consider Quip over the competitors, whereas "Easy to integrate with" was stated as the key factor in picking Slack.

According to the StackShare community, Slack has a broader approval, being mentioned in 4795 company stacks & 3481 developers stacks; compared to Quip, which is listed in 24 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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What is Quip?

Edit and discuss in one place. Quip combines documents with messages so you can work faster, on the web or on the go.

What is Slack?

Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together.
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      What are some alternatives to Quip and Slack?
      Google Docs
      It is a word processor included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google. It brings your documents to life with smart editing and styling tools to help you easily format text and paragraphs.
      OneNote
      Get organized in notebooks you can divide into sections and pages. With easy navigation and search, you’ll always find your notes right where you left them. It gathers users' notes, drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries. Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network.
      HackPad
      Hackpad is a smart collaborative workspace that your team will love.
      Woodpecker
      It is a document automation platform and suite that empowers users to cut document prep time in half by automatically converting existing documents to standardized smart-templates.
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      Decisions about Quip and Slack
      Vishnu KS
      Vishnu KS
      Software Engineer at Zulip · | 5 upvotes · 16.1K views
      atZulipZulip
      Slack
      Slack
      Zulip
      Zulip

      Zulip has easily the best threading model among all the chat applications and I prefer it over Slack, Mattermost, RocketChat, Hipchat, Discord etc. Each and every conversation is a seperate thread and has a topic. This model makes it extremely easier to catch up and participate in conversations. Once you get used to the threading model of Zulip its hard to tolerate threading model like Slack which is really inefficient and time wasting.

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      rishig
      rishig
      Head of Product at Zulip · | 4 upvotes · 24.4K views
      atZulipZulip
      RocketChat
      RocketChat
      Mattermost
      Mattermost
      Slack
      Slack

      I use Zulip instead of Slack, Mattermost, or RocketChat because of its first class threading. One week after switching to Gmail (in 2004) I realized I was never (willingly) going to use an unthreaded email product again. I had that same experience the first time I saw Zulip.

      Zulip is also fully open-source, with a well-maintained (e.g. 90+% test coverage, fully static python), easily extensible code-base. In many companies, your communication platform (chat or email) is the center of the workplace -- no one asks for a chat integration into their calendar, they ask for a calendar integration into their chat. A fully open-source codebase means you can customize Zulip to your needs, and are never at the whim of a corporate maintainer who can't or won't fix simple bugs, or who will charge you tens of thousands of dollars for making minor customizations.

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      Slack
      Slack
      Zulip
      Zulip

      I use Zulip because I love how it lets me focus on my work, and doesn't need me to be constantly online to be able to participate in conversations that matter to me. Zulip's topics make it super easy to get an overview of all the conversations that happened while I was away, and pick and choose the conversations that I want to catch-up with. Slack 's threads seem like an after-thought and aren't effective for catching-up at all!

      I also love the Zulip community, and the care and effort put in by the members to make it a friendly and welcoming community to new developers, and to make the contribution experience pleasant for all the contributors.

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      Francisco Quintero
      Francisco Quintero
      Tech Lead at Dev As Pros · | 7 upvotes · 49K views
      atDev As ProsDev As Pros
      Twist
      Twist
      Slack
      Slack
      ESLint
      ESLint
      JavaScript
      JavaScript
      RuboCop
      RuboCop
      Heroku
      Heroku
      Amazon EC2
      Amazon EC2
      Rails
      Rails
      Node.js
      Node.js

      For many(if not all) small and medium size business time and cost matter a lot.

      That's why languages, frameworks, tools, and services that are easy to use and provide 0 to productive in less time, it's best.

      Maybe Node.js frameworks might provide better features compared to Rails but in terms of MVPs, for us Rails is the leading alternative.

      Amazon EC2 might be cheaper and more customizable than Heroku but in the initial terms of a project, you need to complete configurationos and deploy early.

      Advanced configurations can be done down the road, when the project is running and making money, not before.

      But moving fast isn't the only thing we care about. We also take the job to leave a good codebase from the beginning and because of that we try to follow, as much as we can, style guides in Ruby with RuboCop and in JavaScript with ESLint and StandardJS.

      Finally, comunication and keeping a good history of conversations, decisions, and discussions is important so we use a mix of Slack and Twist

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      Aghmat Abrahams
      Aghmat Abrahams
      Junior Data Engineer at Impact Radius · | 5 upvotes · 17.6K views
      Slack
      Slack
      OpsGenie
      OpsGenie
      GitHub
      GitHub
      Jira
      Jira
      Mattermost
      Mattermost

      Slack is the industry standard for managed instant messaging (IM). A good alternative would be to self (or cloud) host an open source IM such as Mattermost but as always it would be a good idea to do a cost benefit analysis between the solutions.

      Some of the main things to consider:

      • Having a good SDK for plugin creation
      • Having good integrations with existing tools ( JIRA , GitHub , OpsGenie , etc.)
      • Cost
      • Maintenance and administration
      • Covers all your businesses use cases
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      Mark Nelissen
      Mark Nelissen
      CTO at Gemsotec bvba · | 5 upvotes · 24.9K views
      Mattermost
      Mattermost
      Skype
      Skype
      Stride
      Stride
      HipChat
      HipChat
      Slack
      Slack

      I use Slack because it offers the best experience, even on the free tier (which we're still using). As a comparison, I have had in depth experience with HipChat, Stride, Skype, Google Chat (the new service), Google Hangouts (the old service). For self hosted, Mattermost is open source and claims to support most Slack integrations, but I have not extensively investigated this claim.

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      Slack
      Slack
      Spectrum
      Spectrum
      Discord
      Discord
      Gitter
      Gitter

      From a StackShare Community member: “We’re about to start a chat group for our open source project (over 5K stars on GitHub) so we can let our community collaborate more closely. The obvious choice would be Slack (k8s and a ton of major projects use it), but we’ve seen Gitter (webpack uses it) for a lot of open source projects, Discord (Vue.js moved to them), and as of late I’m seeing Spectrum more and more often. Does anyone have experience with these or other alternatives? Is it even worth assessing all these options, or should we just go with Slack? Some things that are important to us: free, all the regular integrations (GitHub, Heroku, etc), mobile & desktop apps, and open source is of course a plus."

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      Interest over time
      Reviews of Quip and Slack
      Review ofSlackSlack

      Today the impossible happened, our beloved Slack crashed sending chaos into offices around the globe. “Wow, how am I now going to vote for the flavour of our new office candy???”, I thought. But even though it might not have felt like it, everything else around us was still working: the world was still spinning, South Korea was winning over Germany at the World Cup, and today’s quotas and goals had to be met. In these situations, people most often turn towards traditional messaging tools like messenger, WhatsApp or email and hope for the best — that Slack will be back up soon. However, these temporary remedies are not without their complications: undelivered messages that you thought were read, lost documents, mental breakdowns, wasted time, etc.… In general, for us it creates a problematic gap in our office chat history.

      But what if I told you that these crashes could potentially never occur again?

      Yes, this is real life, and it’s exactly what mesh technology is about so we are going to explain it. In this scenario, if Slack ran with mesh networks, its users would not have been affected by its current technology’s single point of failure, which in this case was the crash of the server.

      Lol okay, how is this possible bc this is real life???

      Mesh networks might not sound familiar to everyone so let’s compare it with other well-known networking topologies. Consider a Local Area Network (LAN), where devices are connected to a central access point (imagine it like a star with the central access point in the middle and the devices located at the ends). Be it LAN or wifi, the idea is the same, so when I send a message on Slack, it first arrives at the Slack server (the central access point) and from there it is sent to the recipient.

      In mesh networks, devices are directly connected to each other. They form a local network using existing connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi as “connectors”. Devices can act as “routers” and forward messages and files to others, enabling the content to hop between them until it reaches a destination. This eliminates the need for a central entity.

      Let’s apply this concept to today’s crisis. If slack ran on top of mesh networks, their consumers would still be able to communicate and send files even though they were not connected to the crashed server. Once it was up and running again, all their group conversations which would have taken place during the outrage would be uploaded back to Slack’s server once they were back online.

      Honestly, it’s that simple. To Slack, it would not only be convenient for its customers in situations like these (because we would never have Slack crashes), it would also considerably reduce their own infrastructure costs and prevent them from having moments that they might find embarrassing.

      So slack, if you see that mesh networks could potentially help you, come talk to us.

      HypeLabs https://hypelabs.io

      Avatar of sergiotapia
      Senior Software Engineer
      Review ofSlackSlack

      Slack is gorgeous and runs on multiple platforms - that's benefit #1. You can easily talk on your iMac then switch to your Android device on the fly.

      The one thing I don't really like about it is how it handles multiple organization accounts.

      I am a software consultant so I typically work with multiple teams over the months and it's odd to 'log into the right account'. It's not intuitive at all.

      I would like there to be a way for users to easily pick a 'Persona' and not accidentally post to the wrong company.

      Review ofSlackSlack

      Slack filled a very complicated role and did it elegantly.

      Its very well designed and easy to use. Adding integrations can be complicated but their documentation with images makes it very easy.

      Also I contacted support and get a relevant answer quickly!

      All this on the free plan, you better bet we will be upgrading soon.

      Avatar of vamseev
      Product Manager at StackShare
      Review ofSlackSlack

      Internal Communications made easy

      How developers use Quip and Slack
      Avatar of StackShare
      StackShare uses SlackSlack

      I first heard about Slack from my friend Matt (shout out to Final!). He was helping me out with some Rails issues so we started using Slack and I liked it. Specifically, the chat interaction. But also all the integrations. I wasn’t thinking of it as a tool to end all tools at first, just a chat tool with some cool integrations. Then I created a Slack account for StackShare, and that’s when things got real.

      Sentry got easier to stay on top of, Heroku was easier to see activity from, discussions were more fluid, and the mobile app was killer. Most of the tools I use either don’t have a mobile app or have shitty ones. Slack is like a replacement for all the mobile apps my tools should have.

      I don’t find Slack particularly useful for focused discussions, so I doubt it will replace email anytime soon for us. Things like product discussions/debates are best via email. It forces you to think before you type and have a clear back and forth with someone.

      Small gripe: I wish Slack would disable email notifications by default, I still haven’t figured out how to turn those off.

      Avatar of shridhardalavi
      shridhardalavi uses SlackSlack

      Slack is an instant messaging and collaboration system It unifies your entire team communications, making your workflow, well, flow a lot better. It is a cloud-based set of proprietary team collaboration tools and services. Slack teams allow communities, groups, or teams to join through a specific URL or invitation sent by a team admin or owner.

      Avatar of SaberEsPoder
      SaberEsPoder uses SlackSlack

      Slack is our go-to communication tool and it's slowly replacing emails across all departments of the company. We built our own Slack Bot to help us with simple DevOps stuff; Honeybadger notifies us in real time of errors happening on production in our monitoring channel; CircleCI reports builds status and deployment info as well.

      Avatar of Andrew Gatenby
      Andrew Gatenby uses SlackSlack

      Team comms is essential. The R&D team is distributed over two offices, as well as the chance that people are working from home. Slack provides lots of options of keeping individuals and groups up to date. We also use it to integrate into services such as Github and Sentry.

      Avatar of Refractal
      Refractal uses SlackSlack

      Slack is a lifesaver, not only for our day to day team communications and it's direct links into our other tools, but for Beta testing as well, with our custom Slack bot in our beta group being an invaluable asset to avoid giving our testers direct JIRA access.

      Avatar of Takkaa
      Takkaa uses QuipQuip

      we placed our business and tech docs here

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