Around last Xmas we’ve switched from Skype to HipChat and we still love to use it. I think every person from our team could confirm that it was the best change we’ve made.
But what makes HipChat better than other tools ( Skype, Campfire, etc.)?
it can be installed as a desktop application and run automatically at starting your computer
it can also run via browser or iphone, android and other mobile device
in our HipChat we’ve created private rooms for every project we develop. Each room consists of dedicated developers, project manager and our Clients, who can reach us at any time
we can mention a single user or a group of users
and finally - we can implement our ideas, likes bots or anything that comes to our mind!
Some examples with the use of our lovely HipBot and other implemented functionalities:
we get information about tasks from Pivotal Tracker, Circle (tests- failed, succeeded), Backup, Deployment - all can be used with a mention option, so if the test fails you get an information on your desktop
we can start a deployment of the project with the use of command: @hipbot deploy to staging/beta plz :)