Flock Launches IT's First 'Chat Operating System'
Flock is built entirely upon chat as its underlying foundation, and developers can build bots, widgets and even entire apps on the framework.There are more than a few internal enterprise social networks competing for deployments in a cutthroat market right now. Some of the ones you may know are Slack, Facebook for Business, Jive, Convo, Google+, Cisco Jabber, Jostle, Microsoft Teams, VMware Socialcast, Salesforce Chatter, SocialText, IBM Connections and Tibbr. Most of them have their built-in constituencies, all of them have their slightly different feature sets. But they're all fundamentally similar in what they do: They use a server or cloud-based app to connect teams of workers to get tasks and projects done on time, efficiently and in a transparent manner. Guess what? We have another one to add to this already impressive list. It's Flock, which started in the Far East and is boldly making inroads in the U.S. The two most important things that set Flock apart from all the rest is that: a) it is built entirely upon chat as its underlying foundation; and b) developers can build bots, widgets and even entire apps on the framework, then easily feed them into Flock's own appstore for distribution.
'Fastest, Slickest Team Messenger'
--Deliver a consistent experience across platforms, including web, desktop and mobile, without having to rework any code. With these capabilities, development teams can create apps to meet the specific needs of their teams and organizations, through functionalities that employees demand from their current messaging and collaboration tools, Turakhia said. "Apps built on FlockOS empower teams to have more choices in the functionalities and capabilities of the collaboration platforms they use every day," Turakhia said. "Instead of being 'stuck' with using a particular service and its limited capabilities, teams can now create a custom environment within Flock that is designed for their unique needs." Developers can currently build custom apps on FlockOS using Java and node.js SDKs with additional SDKs (Python, Ruby, etc.) to roll out soon, Turakhia said. Examples of Apps Built on FlockOS --The To-do app allows a user to simultaneously have a conversation with the team, as well as assign them to-dos -- all within Flock. It is easy to track the status of these to-dos as all updates are sent as message notifications on the respective Flock group. --The Notes app allows the user to quickly make shareable rich notes. All users in a Flock group can view or edit it, thus making it a resourceful collaboration tool. --The soon-to-be-released Meeting Scheduler app will help users schedule meetings, invite other participants, get participant feedback on meeting slots, and even view their entire calendar at a glance -- all from within Flock. Developers and enterprises interested in creating their unique apps and integrations for FlockOS can go here. For a list of apps and integrations that are available, visit Flock Appstore. This roster is constantly growing and includes a host of popular apps like Github, Trello, Twitter and Google Apps. You can create a Flock team here. View a video introduction to FlockOS here.