HipChat’s new web client goes live today!
Over the last few months, we’ve been beta testing the new HipChat web client and over 75K of you have opted in, providing us with amazing feedback. Now that we’ve had a little time to tighten some screws, and go under the hood, we’re ready to present HipChat’s new web client to the world.
We worked hard on this new web client and think you’re going to love it. It’s faster, smoother and built for easy team communication.
Here’s what HipChat users are saying
There has been a great reaction to the new web client, don’t just take our word for it!
- “The new HipChat Beta looks much better! Great work!”
- “Love the new HipChat!”
- “Just want to let you know that the new web interface looks so refreshing! Love it!!”
- “Fantastic! This update looks slick and feels buttery – congrats!”
So what’s changed?
We’ve made a large number of improvements with the new web client, check out some of the highlights. If you’re a details person, checkout our release notes.
Sidebar Upgrade – People, Files and Links
The right-hand sidebar now shows files and links, as well as people in the room. Any file or link shared will be added to the sidebar for easy access. Lots of you use HipChat on small widths, so we made sure the sidebar is collapsible, too.
File previews like whoa
Want to view images, PDF’s and videos right in HipChat? Now you can. We’re working on adding more file types including documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. If you’d like to see other file types HipChat will be supporting soon, check out the latest version of Confluence, which has over 80 supported types.
Everyone loves emoticons! Team communication is so much more fun and expressive with them. So we’ve made it super easy to remember your favorites with emoticon autocomplete. It even supports any custom emoticons that you’ve uploaded!
Invite, invite, invite
We added a simple dialog to the new web client that allows you to invite teammates via email. You can even invite entire mailing lists at the same time. Get all your friends on HipChat, we won’t be mad.
Note: the public invite URL needs to be switched on for this feature to work.
Rebuilt from the ground up
We wanted HipChat’s new web client to be a better experience, not just a better design. So we started with a brand new technology and built a completely new application – the best HipChat we’ve ever made.
We chose React.js as our foundation. That let us create a faster, more responsive and more enjoyable HipChat. You can read more about how we did it from our developers.
Note: video is not yet supported in the new web client – it will be very soon! You can use the old web client in the meantime (there’s a switch in the profile menu).
HipChat is the best tool for team communication. We’re always adding performance and stability improvements as well as new and requested features.
Often, new features will debut in the web client and provide users with opt-in or opt-out options. If you want to help shape HipChat, try out the new features and drop us a line. We love feedback.
Try it out
If you haven’t yet seen it, log in to www.hipchat.com/chat and prepare to have your mind blown.