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The only way to get end to end encryption using Telegram is to use the Secret Chat function, anything through the service is not encrypted. This can lead to misunderstandings of thinking all messages are encrypted, when they are in fact not. Also secret chat is only implemented in the mobile apps, meaning there is no way to encrypt messages when using the desktop client or the web browser client. See More
Telegram uses an open source MTProto encryption protocol that provides complete end-to-end encryption for secret chats. To show off their confidence in the protocol the company behind Telegram has organized $200,000 and $300,000 challenges to break the encryption. So far there have been no winners. See More
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Instead of simply having chats, it is common to organise on 'servers' which then have different channels regarding subtopics. This nesting is confusing to non-tech-savvy people. Moreover, private chats and simple group chats are usually hidden completely as soon as a 'server' is accessed further confusing non-tech-savvy people. See More
Free account has no tangible restrictions. Premium account is just a way to say "thank you" to developers. And it works for all servers of Discord (not as in Slack). And it can be purchased by one separate member who wants it, in contrast to Slack, where all active members of the server should be "premium". See More
The entire Slack interface is polished and intuitive to use. There are very few bugs or inconsistencies in the UI and it's very fast to use. There is nothing in particular that is new with Slacks implementation of team chat, but the execution of the groups (called channels), search, external service integration and notifications is close to perfect. See More
At $6.67 per user / month (or $8 if billed monthly) , Slack is significantly more expensive than the competition if you need features such as unlimited integrations (more than 10) or unlimited message storage (more than 10,000). However, the free version of Slack includes unlimited users. However if you need only unlimited messages you can use storage services like https://slarck.com to upload then browse and search your entire message history, while staying in Slack's free plan. So with a combo of Slack+Slarck this con is not that major. See More
Slack integrates with tools like Trello, GitHub, Dropbox, Mailchimp, and dozens of others, so you can have a centralized event feed of your project right alongside your chat. This is tremendously useful for keeping context with your discussions. See More
If you ware worried about third-parties getting access to your data you should consider self-hosting. With self-hosting you are in control over where your data is stored, who has access to it. You will also not be vulnerable to exploits of a third-party provider. See More
Notifications are handled separately for mobile and the web app. You can receive notifications for all messages, just direct messages, or based on filters, and you can have different settings for different channels: you don't have to get notified every time someone pushed to GitHub or every time someone posts to off-topic chat, unless you want to. See More
If a member of a group chat room becomes disruptive, or there's some other need, there's no way in Hangouts to "kick"/remove somebody from an existing chatroom. Similarly, related to "99 people per chat room" con, if somebody is no longer active, there's no way to remove that user from the chat room to make slot for new active members. See More