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Hive mention · July 27, 2018

The 12 Best Team Chat Apps for Your Company

“To err is human,” wrote Alexander Pope, but he could have as easily written, “To communicate is human.” From pictograms carved into stone to the latest chat apps, humans always find better ways to communicate. It’s no surprise AIM and MSN Messenger were some of the internet's more
Hive update · August 4, 2017

New for Hive: 2 Triggers to Kick Off Workflows from Activity in Hive

Power up your to-do list with the latest updates to the Zapier-Hive integration. Now you can kick off automated workflows from new and updated activity inside Hive. For example, when the status of a Hive action (aka task) is moved to "In Progress", you can automatically create an entry more
Hive update · March 15, 2016

Connect Data and Manage Your Overall Team Collaboration With Hive

How many different ways do your team communicate and collaborate these days? Chat, file sharing, tasks, your help desk, CRMs, you probably use a different app for all of the functions you need, which can sometimes cause bottlenecks and miscommunication. Those days are over thanks to Hive, which can more
Matthew Guay
Written by Matthew GuayLast updated October 10, 2016

You're working on a proposal for your team's project, and need to look back at your team's last project. So, you switch over to Dropbox, find the file, and come back to your proposal. Then you need to ask a colleague a question, so you switch to your team chat app—where you're instantly distracted with a half-dozen unread messages. In the mean time, you end up forgetting about a task that was on your to-do list for today all along.

It's hard enough to remember everything that needs done each day. Throw in the distractions from switching between apps and trying to figure out what file is in which tool, and it's easy to lose much of your work day going back and forth between apps. That's why Hive tries to simplify things by keeping your projects, files, schedule, and chat conversations all in one place.

Hive looks much like an email app or other communications tool, with a 3-pane interface. The difference is, in Hive each pane is for a separate activity. The left pane shows your team members and chat messages. The center pane shows your projects and tasks, with a tabbed toolbar at the top to quickly switch between to-do, calendar, and kanban board views. And on the right, you'll have your files from Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box only a click away.

Everything works together, too. Want to remind yourself to followup on an idea your colleague posts in your team chat? Just drag that comment from the chat to your to-do list. Need to get feedback on a file? Drag it from your files pane into the chat to share it instantly. A colleague asked when your task is due? Check the calendar view in the center projects pane, and reply in a second.

There's even a notes tool to write your thoughts down. Just tap the New Note link on the bottom right, type your thoughts and format them in the editor, and they'll be saved along the bottom of your Hive screen. You can then open them for reference any time, or drag them into chat to share with your team.

With chat, you can tap on any of your colleagues' profile pictures to start a private conversation with them. Or, create a new group to talk to just a few people about your ideas—perhaps with a group for each team in your company, or one for the members of your new project.

Speaking of projects, whenever you're ready to start working on something new you can click the + icon in the project pane to add a new View. There, you can add people to your new project, choose which labels can be used for tasks, and decide whether to show tasks in a list, calendar, or kanban view. You can also add Processes for new tasks, which add a checklist of common things that need done for that activity so you don't have to re-type them each time.

Hive makes it simple to stay focused since everything is in one place. Whether you need a team chat tool that makes it easier to turn ideas into actions, or a project management tool that simplifies seeing what everyone's working on, or just a quicker way to share files across all of your accounts, Hive has the tools you need. You'll never have to open a handful of apps to get caught up on your team's projects again.

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