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Glip has wasted no time making news in 2015. It's also wasted little time calling out competitors.

The Boca Raton, Fla.-based vendor released version 2 of its enterprise collaboration software platform last month. Today, Joomla, an open source content management system powerhouse, signed on to use the Glip platform.

Meanwhile, Glip CEO Peter Pezaris, in an interview with CMSWire, called out at least six competitors as inferior.

"Hall, HipChat and Slack are all cool messaging apps," Pezaris told CMSWire. "But Slack solves one problem -- it replaces email."

Pezaris also cited Basecamp, Asana and Trello as "cloud-based project management solutions" that are "universally pretty poor at messaging."

"Some of them have some sort of built-in message board but you never consider them as a replacement for how you communicate with co-workers," he added.

HipChat Fires Back

Slack declined comment. HipChat didn't.

Spencer Frasher, head of marketing for HipChat, an Atlassian software platform, said HipChat offers native 1:1 video and audio calling and screen sharing. With more than 4 billion messages sent, HipChat recently released integrations with popular video conferencing tools such as Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting and Appear.in.

"We make it easy for customers to choose their videoconferencing vendor and have a seamless experience," Frasher said.

"As part of the Atlassian family, HipChat integrates with industry-leading project and issue management software Atlassian JIRA and Confluence. We also offer integrations with a number of other project and issue management tools. This allows us to focus on making HipChat the best realtime team communications platform while leveraging popular tools that our users love."

Pezaris, once part of tech provider Multiply, said email for enterprises is on the decline, "if not completely gone."

He called Glip an email alternative that includes modern business messaging and real-time message and "all the business tools to get through a work day."

In a demo for CMSWire, Glip showed its conversation-stream platform that included integrations with tasks, calendaring, projects and video. New features in Glip 2 include secure group messaging, file sharing, shared calendars and distributed task management. From the conversation stream, users create and update tasks, participate in discussion threads around tasks and assess the overall progress of the project.

Glip is "kind of like if Slack and Asana had a baby," he added.

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Joomla on Board

Joomla plans to use Glip to streamline communication among its many teams and volunteers, "while providing a unified approach to tracking tasks, files and events," the company stated.

Joomla reported 60 million downloads of its software. It's powers more websites on the Internet than every CMS other than Wordpress, according to Builtwith.

"We'll be able to get out in front of millions of different small- to medium-sized businesses and their customers," Pezaris said of the Joomla partnership. "These are people who are exactly in our target market."

Glip starts at $5 per user per month.