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#1 Elliot B.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 12:40

When I worked at a huge company, they used Microsoft Communicator which was very useful.

 

The new company I'm at only has 15 or so staff and we're looking for a chat system for 2-3 of these staff.

 

Any suggestions?

 

Systems are running Windows 7 x86 and Microsoft Office 2013.




#2 Nick H.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 12:55

Any kind of requirements or restrictions? I mean, is there a reason you can't create dummy accounts on Google and use Google hangouts?

#3 Carbon Fiber

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 12:57

Lync, Skype, Spark?

 

Both Lync and Skype integrate well in the Office suite.



#4 Buzz99

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 13:01

Quick Popup, multiplatform, but not free...$25 per license.

 

http://www.quickpopu...placeorder.html



#5 OP Elliot B.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 13:25

Any kind of requirements or restrictions? I mean, is there a reason you can't create dummy accounts on Google and use Google hangouts?

Is there a chat client? I believe the Google Talk client was dropped due to Google+ Hangouts.

 

Lync, Skype, Spark?

 

Both Lync and Skype integrate well in the Office suite.

I believe Lync comes with Office 365 only, doesn't it?



#6 Nick H.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 13:30

Is there a chat client? I believe the Google Talk client was dropped due to Google+ Hangouts.

You're correct about Google Talk being dropped, but I don't know about a standalone client. I wasn't specifically suggesting Google Hangouts, I was more asking if there was a reason that you hadn't considered something along these lines. For example, set up a couple of hotmail accounts and then install something like Trillian (is it Trillian that I'm thinking of? The multi-purpose IM client?).

#7 spikey_richie

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 13:36

What about an XMPP chat client like Pandion?



#8 OP Elliot B.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 13:38

Trying LAN Messenger. Doesn't require a sign up and is free.



#9 Buzz99

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 14:01

Trying LAN Messenger. Doesn't require a sign up and is free.

Looks great.



#10 +techbeck

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 14:03

Lync, Skype, Spark?

 

Both Lync and Skype integrate well in the Office suite.

 

Used Spark at my last job.  Was free but I think if you wanted support/server software...you had to pay.



#11 Coagulated

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 14:43

I work in a Marketing team of 6 spread about between Newcastle & London.  We also have 4 offshore staff in India and a Sales Manager in Edinburgh for one of our other brands.

 

We all use the standalone version of Google Talk, rather than Hangouts and it works a treat.  It's quite useful because the chat logs are saved to your GMail account and can be accessed anywhere, just in case you need to recap on anything discussed.



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Posted 13 January 2014 - 21:10

So just chatting on local lan - easy no setup option http://sourceforge.net/projects/achat/

If you want something with more features, etc. then spark - server is openfire but it is all opensource FREE.
http://www.igniterea...loads/index.jsp