Collaboration is crucial when you're part of a team at work and technology vendors are ramping up efforts to bring out offerings that can facilitate convenient group communication. Last week, Microsoft launched a new version of Office which had collaboration tools as the centrepiece and now Dropbox has released Zulip, a group chat app, under an open source arrangement.
Dropbox acquired Zulip over a year ago and, according to the company, the app's existing users want to make their own improvements on the software. This has been cited as one of the reasons for releasing Zulip under the open source Apache licence, this includes the client and server code. No doubt Dropbox is hoping this move will increase Zulip's user base as it faces stiff competition from the likes of Slack, HipChat and Yammer.
Zulip is optimised for software developers but can be used by any work group. It available as a desktop app on Mac, Linux and Windows desktops as well as a mobile app on iOS and Android.
You can get all the Zulip client and server code over at GitHub.
[Via Dropbox Tech Blog]