2014 has been a massive year for Hipchat. Thanks mostly to a rock star team and ever-growing amount of awesome customers, we exceeded a lot of the high expectations we had entering the year.
As we prepare for what will be an even bigger 2015, we wanted to take a moment and highlight some of the achievements that we’re especially proud of from the past year.
Here’s a countdown of the top 10 HipChat-iest moments in 2014:
10. New Hipchat logo
Say goodbye to the ongoing argument of whose logo came first: Hipchat vs. Apple. We wanted a fresh look, something identifiably ours.
The new Hipchat logo is more in line with the look and feel of the Atlassian family and signals uniformity and consistency across all our products. We found exactly what we were looking for in this new logo. You should probably get a sticker for your car.
9. We met all of the people
Hipchat was everywhere this year. From Web Summit, to TC Disrupt (SF, London), Atlassian Summit, Roadtrip, and even SXSW. If there were people talking about tech, we were there.
We met hundreds of customers, gave out tons of t-shirts, and learned what you guys want more of, and improvements we can make. Plan on seeing us in even more places in 2015. We have lots of t-shirts and stickers to give away!
8. Bots, bots, bots, bots…
At Atlassian Summit we launched Bot Lab, offering access to some of the bots we’ve been designing for our own Hipchat rooms. We’ve got some ultra cool bots in the lab that can help your team automate some of its everyday tasks.
There’s a mailroom Bot, a Bot to find memes, and even a Bot to help you find the best beer around.
7. Improved integrations
Anyone using Hipchat knows that it’s more than instant messaging. We want Hipchat to be the hub of communication for your team. That means making it just as easy for your software tools and business applications to notify you as the person sitting next to you.
Our integrations are core to the Hipchat experience and we’ve made it easier than ever to connect Hipchat to your other tools to get push notifications and updates automatically sent to rooms.
We’ve worked especially hard to make the integrations between our Atlassian products more seamless than ever. We updated the Bitbucket and Confluence integrations this past year, and promise more great things are on the near horizon, *cough Jira, and Bamboo users cough.*
6. iOS 8 apps like a boss
When Apple debuted iOS 8 this year, we knew we had to take advantage. The new Hipchat iOS 8 app is beautiful, responsive, and faster than ever. It’s like the Mercedes of mobile chat.
5. Fresh paint job for Mac
The update to the Mac client was a major undertaking and the results so far have been fantastic. As much as we revamped the look and feel, we really strived to improve the user experience. Emoticon autocomplete, unread message counts, and local time recognition were all things that customers asked for and we provided.
The new search features make it easy to share everything in Hipchat, knowing it will be easy to find later.
4. Hipchat adds video, audio, and screen sharing
Easily the biggest product announcement for Hipchat in 2014, we now offer audio, video, and screen sharing. This is huge.
We’re a one-stop-shop for keeping in touch with folks around the globe or around the block. You can now do everything within Hipchat, so there’s no need for multiple applications—it’s all at your fingertips.
3. Hipchat is totally free or super cheap, it’s your call
This year we made Hipchat Basic totally, 100% free. No tricks, no gimmicks. Free.
Want all the bells and whistles like video chat and audio options? Hipchat Plus is a whopping…. $2 a month. That’s less than the tacos you had for lunch.
We think every team on the planet should be using Hipchat to communicate more efficiently, and now every single team can afford to.
2. Over three billion messages and counting
In 2013, we passed a billion messages sent. In 2014, we doubled that number and then some.
Over three billion messages have been sent using Hipchat. That’s a lot of people talking, sharing information and staying connected, from all over the globe. 2015’s goal? Many more billions, so keep chatting away!
1. New offices, new people, great times
Hipchat is growing. Fast. Our new office in Austin is becoming one of the coolest places to work in the city. New developers, UX designers, writers, community managers, all kinds of great people are coming together to help take Hipchat to the next level. It’s an exciting time to be here. If you’re a user, you should get pumped, cause we totally are. Big things are happening.
Thanks everyone for making this such a special year, and stay tuned. 2015 is going to big. Happy New Year!