AppMess Review: HipChat free download


img_7The era of corporate messaging apps is in full swing. The plethora of available startups on the modern market has created a high demand for quality applications, capable of combining various useful functions such as the ability to communicate between various departments and specialists. This requires integrating a bunch of services or otherwise the entire concept becomes dull. HipChat is an excellent solution for such needs. Not only does the app possess all the features of its competitors, it also has some of its own – for example, the possibility to make video calls and share screens.

We will do our best to cover all the nuances regarding the product of the Californian trio in maximum detail.

Messenger background:

  • HipChat was created in 2010 by Chris Rivers, Garret Heaton and Pete Curley
  • The app’s first version only supported texting


  • On May 12, 2010, HipChat presented its official API
  • In March 2012, Atlassian purchased the messaging app
  • On July 19, 2010, the app raised an investment of $100k. Pete Curley claims that the money was spent on advertising and promoting the app
  • HipChat was initially developed as a web chat and was released as such in 2010. iOS and Android clients were released afterwards, completing its transformation into a full-featured messaging app


  • This product lets users exchange text messages, audio and video files, archives and documents
  • HipChat allows you to create private and public chats that possess all the necessary functions
  • The app qualifies as a free one, because the main content is free, but there are functions that users can activate for $2 (video calls, additional storage space, screen sharing)
  • In 2014, HipChat passed the one-billion-posts mark. According to company stats, the service processes more than 60 messages per second and can boast off 1.2 billion messages stored on servers


  • The app was created in PHP and Python
  • Due to the fact that all messages are kept on servers and message history is available on any device, HipChat has a message search engine
  • With HipChat you can make calls (for free) and video calls ($2 a month). If you decide to activate the paid service, you get the opportunity to share your screen and start video conferences. Moreover, the paid version removes any restriction on the size of your cloud storage space


  • Guests can also access HipChat. This means that you can invite absolutely any user to a corporate chat or channel and give them the right to use a specific channel to read the discussion or join in on it. The system is a lot like Slack in this respect
  • img_6Links, images, GIF animation are smoothly loaded and can be integrated with many services such as GitHub, MailChimp, Heroku
  • Just like Slack, HipChat doesn’t let users communicate in 2 separate channels simultaneously. Users will have to pick one at a time. To view the message history of another channel you first need to join it or receive an invitiation
  • If you are a large company then users have to login in under the corporate email to communicate with a specific channel
  • HipChat is equipped with a modest tool set that can highlight parts of the text or format it altogether
  • Quick camera access
  • Enjoy HipChat’s emoticons, smileys and stickers
  • Registration requires to you indicate your email, which isn’t that convenient for a messaging app that wants to come off as a corporate one. It is impossible to change your email at the moment
  • HipChat’s design is as simple as it gets, so that users aren’t distracted from work
  • Like Slack, HipChat has nice push notifications, which show you if there are any “mentions” or regular messages in specific chats

App-related events:

On February 1, 2015, the application was hacked and a lot of user data was accessed with no authorization. Atlassian Head of Security Craig Davies announced this. According to his report, all messages and information is encrypted, making it unlikely for hackers to decrypt, but still possible. For safety reasons, the affected users had to get new HipChat and Atlassian passwords, for that matter.

HipChat free download

Developer: Atlassian
Price: Free

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