Orbital vs Slack

Learning how to work from home efficiently within teams is pivotal in the growth and success of your business. With remote-working becoming the norm across the world, platforms that allow teams to communicate efficiently from their new home working environment is key. Slack offers chat services, yet is missing out on the audio features which enable teams to communicate verbally, much like in the natural office environment.

With multiple chats in Slack, we feel that this can cause interruptions throughout the day with multiple groups popping off each minute, and lacks vital prominence to engage in audio with your colleagues. This is where Orbital thrives, this innovative new platform allows a service in which you are able to communicate by using the audio-proximity function; promoting natural conversations to occur and having various options to step away from the hustle and bustle that Slack delivers.

Inside the Main Communication Area

Orbital

With Orbitals proximity-based audio function, you are able to chat with team members when needed, yet step away for smaller group activities or to focus on work quietly for a while. The ability to be under the same galaxy, yet also able to move around from multiple conversations within the same server is an incredible feature which is unseen. 

This is important in everyday working lives when there are multiple projects being worked on within businesses. The platform provides the option to be segregated in teams when needed, allowing users only to be heard by people within their chosen space.

Slack

Slacks busy chat rooms are prominent, and easily distracting. Having the inability to feel like you can shut off for a moment can cause a bump in the road for many peoples busy working schedules. Whether you are constantly bombarded with messages from multiple chat rooms, or being tagged in various threads, the messy feeling to this service can be endless.

Breakout Areas

Orbital

Not only are you able to distance yourselves from users dependent on who you need to speak to, but you are also able to customise these areas. Whether you are looking to build a small office, create a chillout zone including comfy sofas, or a meeting room for group discussions, Orbital has catered to that. There are a wide variety of preset images available to place as ‘pins’ in specific locations, or you are also able to upload your own image to really personalise your galaxy.

Slack

Although you are able to create multiple channels, there are no customisation options within these spaces. The struggle is differentiating Slack from any other chat room, with the endless scrolling to catch up on messages, distracting notifications and the feeling that you must respond to everything can feel uncomfortable.

Screen Sharing

Orbital

The team at Orbital have included a screen sharing feature, which allows you to broadcast to multiple people at once, and also view more than one other shared screen at a time. Unlike many other platforms, which are limited to one screen share at a time, Orbital has tackled this problem to ensure efficiency for teams when communicating on their platform.

Slack

Although Slack provides a screen share option once requesting to call another user, you are only allowed one person to share their screen at a time. This can slow down the collaboration process and result in a disturbance within work schedules.

Let's take a quick look at just why Orbital has mastered virtual remote working over Slack..

Orbital Other Meetup Platforms
Your branding Fully customisable A logo, maybe?
Breakout areas Unlimited and ad-hoc Limited and formal
Fun to navigate Feels like a game! Definitely not
Guest conversations Hang out as long as you want Everyone gets booted when the host leaves
Speakers and presenters Unlimited and many at once Limited and usually one at a time
Built-in interactive activities 50+ suggestions, or add your own Nope

Pricing

Orbital

Orbital has packages available per galaxy at costs of $8.76 per user/per month which includes:

  • Invite 20 earthlings to join you
  • Customise with backgrounds and images
  • Create unlimited breakout areas
  • Send emoji reactions
  • Send text chat and URLs
  • Broadcast unlimited screens

Slack

When looking at the comparisons, Slack provides a limited amount of features in comparison to Orbital, at a cost of £9.75 per user, per month, for the ‘Plus’ package! For businesses seeking advanced online communications services at an unbelievable price, Orbital is the go-to and the future for remote-working teams.

Support

Orbital

The team behind this new and incredibly online communications platform provide both email and live chat support, and love to hear from their users to enable them to constantly build relationships between the brand and consumers.

Here is a step-by-step guide that will help you and your team get the most from your new galaxy. Orbital also now has an integration guide that’s being built out: http://orbital.chat/integration-guide which will include 22 commonly used tools, to help your galaxy get set up with tools suited to your business.

Slack

Unlike Orbital, Slack has created a long-winded contact system in which you are bombarded with multiple questions regarding your issues, before being able to send off a message. They also provide a chat, which is again introduced with multiple choice questions by a bot which affects relationships being built with their customers. Orbital not only provides all of these inventive, fresh features we have listed above, but is also backed by a passionate team who value their users. 

Screenshot of app with two pins and multiple people

Remote communication that feels more natural.

One link. No downloads. No invasive cameras. Just conversation when you want it, and quiet when you don’t.

  • Customise with backgrounds and images
  • Create unlimited breakout areas
  • Send emoji reactions
  • Send text chat and URLs
  • Broadcast unlimited screens

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