- Mobile app is not very responsive on iOS. Sometimes connection to Hipchat servers is taking too long even on good networks.
- Both mobile and desktop versions have no alphabetical or recent sorting for groups and chat rooms.
- Video and audio calls are pretty useless, they're slow and not always work.
- The whole user interface is simple but very outdated - apparently Atlassian didn't focus too much on Hipchat even though they tried in the last 2 years.
HipChat is being used by all departments in the company. One of the main problems HipChat has solved is that it replaced slow internal email with faster cross-team communication either 1-on-1 or a group of people.
- HipChat is the first enterprise team chat application, hence it invented the idea of itself.
- Cross-platform support and hence runs on most of the computing devices
- Efficient search
- Completely free for smaller teams
- Webhooks +1
- Integrations with Atlassian products and other systems as well. For example, Infra monitoring applications.
- Custom emojis
- Media and file sharing directly or in a group
- Video chat
- UI and UX has a huge room for improvement
- Dull and uninspiring colors
- Temporary rooms are not possible
- It's very expensive based on the team size, goes up exponentially
Cost goes up with team size in an exponential manner, this is where HipChat doesn't seem very useful for what it was intended for (not sure if this has changed). It's not so fun application when compared with Slack.
- Cross-Platform support for both Windows & Mac users as well as a web-based client.
- Small installation footprint with outstanding functionality.
- Free version exists so you can try the product without having to purchase upfront.
- The program sometimes locks up and has to be killed via Task Manager on the Windows side.
- The updates are frequent, but that's part of their process.
- Integration with Active Directory would be nice.
- Message members of organization
- Share files
- Integrate with project management software
- The platform is not user-friendly
- There is no way to set it to “away” so you have to log out each time
- If you log in via Google, you have to enter your entire login info each time
- The main advantage is having an Open API which is useful for developers
- There are many services on this app which are free
- It offers a good overall tool for online communication between the teams
- The technical issues are more on this application
- The status changes are quite buggy
- There are lot of complications for the admin accounts
- Persistent chat room. HipChat stores the communication and allows you to follow a discussion without being involved from the beginning.
- Multi tenant rooms. We can create as many discussion rooms as we want.
- Third-party integration. HipChat exposes an API that can be used by third-party applications (i.e. Prometheus for monitoring, Jenkins for CI/CD, etc).
- Research should be enhanced
- Possibility to integrate a chat bot
- allows persistent communication between team members
- can receive notifications from Jenkins or Prometheus
- allows multi tenant rooms
Nevertheless, HipChat can be a new way of working for some people that require training. The learning curve of HipChat is very simple, but for a company which is not familiar with these new tools (chat rooms), it might be a bit disturbing.
- The /code is useful to share code.
- HipChat groups are really useful in order to get connected to people with a particular interest across the organization.
- The Video Call, all in one tool is really nice.
- Write code in a line with other words, for example.
- I am using this class /code SomeClassName, and it's not working.
- HipChat keeps the history of a chat within a room, allowing anyone with the right permission to join the room at any time, and to search the chat history months after.
- HipChat has support for animated gifs, which allows the people to communicate with animated gifs and memes.
- People who are not in the chat at the time they are mentioned receive an e-mail, so that they know they need to catch up later on.
- HipChat is integrated with other Atlassian products like Confluence and JIRA. Updates to pages in Confluence or card in JIRA can trigger real-time notifications in a HipChat room.
- The notification system could be improved. You have the choice to receive notifications at every message (could be overwhelming), only when you are mentioned, or never. When you choose to never receive notifications, it'd be nice to see a unread count in the app dock.
- Sometimes people get disconnected or close the app and forget to re-open it. This may sometimes end up with chats losing some people, without anyone realizing it before some time. It'd be nice if there was a system to remind people to re-open their app if they do not show after some days.
- It'd be nice to see in real time who is writing in the chat before the message is sent.
- Image sharing
- Setting a private as well as group (room) environment
- Mobile app keeps you in touch in real time
- Sometimes it is not very evident if there is a new message
- The UI can be improved
- Able to reply to a particular comment in a room setting
I've used Hip Chat on Windows 7, Windows 10, Linux Ubuntu, Mac OS X and Android tablet - and everywhere it works perfectly! Congrats, developers team, you are great!
- Integrations with other Atlassian products as it creates a perfect work environment.
- HipChat is stable and very reliable. We have not had connection issues to the service.
- The video call is very useful as we don't have to switch to another application to do calls.
- Only comes as OVA or AMI images. Doesn't come as a binary and depending on the organizations environment it can be a little tricky to deploy.
- Better notification system while the user is offline.
- HipChat is very stable and reliable. I have never had issues with not being able to connect or being able to communicate with others on HipChat.
- HipChat integrates quite well with other applications, such as Jira and Stash. This is a main selling point for my team. It provides a convenient feed of actions on a JIRA story or Stash pull request.
- HipCat does a good job of allowing 1-1 and group chats. It is simple to start a new conversation and it is easy to hold a group conversation and keep track of who is in the room.
- I like how HipChat has away/here/on mobile statuses. This makes it easy to see if a person is available to be contacted.
- It would be nice to have a record of shared images or documents, perhaps an option to see all shared items for the past X days.
- It would be nice to have a few more color/style themes (perhaps one similar to Sublime tests slushi theme!?).
- An option to "save" received messages for future reference.
- The emoticons are fun and add levity to the printed word which can come across wrong.
- Groups are hugely useful for team communication.
- Search history is great for retrieving information from past conversations.
- HipChat app fails to load at least once a week. This is extremely annoying.
- Sometimes on start up it looks like no one is available.
- Constant updates interfere with our day to day work.
- Instant Communication
- Easy to Use
- Ability to Share Images/Files/Urls etc
- Sometimes hipchat will show a user is offline but in fact they are not
- HipChat will sometimes not start up right away
- HipChat will shut down and take some time to reload
- Hipchat allows me to "call" on different people in the department by the @ sign.
- Hipchat allows me to create different rooms for projects so I don't have to remember who's doing what, rather label the item based on the project.
- Hipchat provides a myriad of communication methods where I can add emojis to messages. It strikes the balance of informal in a business setting.
- Hipchat loads and presents attachments well.
- Hipchat could organize its messaging UI better, the side panel isn't my favorite.
- Hipchat could provide more granularity to its notification - it currently has three settings. One suggestion would be to provide different chimes for different rooms or people.
- Hipchat sends a notification when I'm not logged in and I receive a 1-on-1 message, these messages could be batched instead of individual emails.
- Hipchat sometimes doesn't authenticate my login correctly. Losing communication between the team makes teamwork hard.
- Excellent connection between Jira and Hipchat.
- Real time notification on chatrooms when tickets have updated.
- It's easy to mention help desk tickets through jira in hipchat.
- The app can do better, it's difficult to keep it active when a phone goes idle. My profile looks idle and coworkers think i'm not checking my messages; I get email notifications.
- Multiple emails sent for one message - for example someone writes on hipchat "hi-hits enter-do you have a sec-hits enter-let me know-hits enter, I get 3 separate emails for that.
- There is no share screen/video option to discuss issues.
- Allows our departments to remain in touch and stay on top of issues
- Assists in keeping track of services
- Cross Platform
- Windows, Mac, IOS, Android
- Added features for Hipchat Server to compare with Hipchat Cloud
- More Seemless integration
- Better QC on Windows Client
- standups: I have installed the standup hipbot and as we have staff in a handful of locations across 3 timezones we can run virtual standups by having members of the team log a "Yesterday I did ... "/"Today I'm doing ..." The bot allows me to pull these reports out of the noise very simply.
- availability: When you have a dispersed team working on a project the ability to see they are available and get immediate answers to questions is important.
- contact with other teams: While other teams work on our products its useful to be able to watch what they are doing by lurking in their HipChat room. I always say Good Morning and them knowing I'm there means they can ask for clarification on requests quite simply even though they may be working 1000 or 2000kms away.
- I would love to see a bot wizard developed - for example I'd like to find the time to build an "on this day" bot which replied to the first person to chat each day, but I lack the time to study the system.
- HipChat allows you to quickly see who is online on your team.
- Sharing screen grabs, links and files is a breeze. Saves a ton of time.
- Fun icons are a nice way to add humor to your daily conversations.
- You can't mention people in rooms/groups that they are not in. If they leave the room/group, they will not see the notification.
- Slack has more emojis and icons which brings them closer to how people use their cell phones in text conversations.
- There is not an option to share screens if a problem arises that is bigger than text communication.
HipChat Scorecard Summary
Feature Scorecard Summary
HipChat helps teams work better together by making it easier to share ideas, updates, codes, and files in real-time. Users can communicate via chat, audio, or video calls in private 1-1 conversations or team chat rooms.
The vendor says HipChat brings the tools that run a business into one seamless communication platform. With unlimited integrations, teams can plan, track, and monitor work in real-time with tools like JIRA, Google Calendar, Bitbucket, Statuspage.io, and more.
HipChat Connect (Atlassian’s API) enables developers to build custom apps and integrations which extend HipChat. This enables users to receive important information about apps used and to take action from the chat window. The vendor’s value proposition is that this turns HipChat into a command center where all team alerts come in, are vetted and actions come out. The vendor refers to this as ChatOps, which is a collaboration model that connects people, tools, and automation into a transparent workflow.
|HipChat Basic||$0||per user|
|HipChat Plus||$2||per user|
For Server pricing info please visit https://www.hipchat.com/server (Only $1.20/user/month at the highest user tier!)
HipChat Support Options
|Free Version||Paid Version|
HipChat Technical Details
|Deployment Types:||On-premise, SaaS|
|Operating Systems:||Windows, Linux, Mac|
|Mobile Application:||Apple iOS, Android|
|Supported Languages: ||English|