When comparing Flock vs Riot, the Slant community recommends Riot for most people. In the question“What is the best team chat software?” Riot is ranked 5th while Flock is ranked 17th.
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They have apps for Windows, Mac, Chrome, iOS, Android and web interface. And all the chat sessions are always on sync.
Pro Clean and clutter free interface
Pro Cheaper than Slack
It is half the price of Slack and full of nice features like polls, assign to do's, etc.
Pro Very powerful integration APIs
Unlike its rivals, it not only allows you to receive events, but also allows you to push content to it and receive various user action events.
Pro No IT team required for setup
Moving a team or organization to flock does not require any setup from the company's IT team. At max, what might be required would be to whitelist their domain in case the organization's IT team has gotten external domains blocked. You can simply download Flock and invite others in your organization by using their email ids in order to start collaborating. That's all there is in the name of setup.
Pro Free if you don't need the most advanced features
Most of its features are free, even video conferences. But also they have a Pro version with unlimited chat history, Active Directory integration among other things.
Pro Unlimited groups and teams
There is no limit on the number of groups or of group members. Similarly, within a team you can have unlimited members. There is no limit of number of teams too.
Pro Faster than Slack
Flock is offering an app that is faster than Slack.
Pro Highly configurable permissions
For every team, the permissions and restrictions can easily be set over the participating members and the conversations they are having.
Pro Better than slack
Posting messages is more fun with them in addition to emojis.
Pro Customisable UI, integrations surface just like native features
There are multiple options like slash commands, message buttons, chat buttons, attachment picker etc., where the integrations can surface inside the native app. This greatly eases the discoverability of a integration, making it really easy for the team members to find and use the integrations.
Pro Web and mobile (iOS, Android) versions available
Pro Supports text, voice, video
Integrates with Jitsi for multi-party video chats
Pro Uses Matrix, the open communications protocol
Pro Very good and simple interface
Riot has a very simple interface, adding the ability for more unexperienced PC-Users to use it.
Pro Widgets support
Want to watch that flick at YouTube and discuss it at the same time? Have Grafana graphs stacked above your DevOps team chat? Collaboratively edit Google Docs and chat over without switching applications? This is possible with Riot.
Pro Bridges to other networks
You're not confined within Riot's or even Matrix garden, and you don't have to make users of other networks switch to Matrix.
Con No thread feature
Reply command only quotes snippets. There's no implementation to show thread(s) of an initial message.
Con Still in active yet early development
There is clearly a User Experience issue esp. in web version which the developers are aware of and are working hard to improve. They've got the concept concrete, so UX won't be an issue in no time. Most often used parts are functional, but some are yet not.
The success of riot depends on how fast the development is, or it'll get outdated too quickly as developers of Signal and Telegram have predicted.