Confluence has its fair share of alternatives offering more or less the same services. Below we’ll get more in detail about relevant competitors for the Atlassian Confluence software. To get the best outlook we can, we will look at aspects such as pricing points, freemium, features, integration possibilities, and many more. Read on to choose the best cooperation software for you.
Confluence vs. SharePoint
Atlassian vs. Microsoft more like it. Both of these tools offer essentially the same thing, communication and collaboration tool for team members.
Let’s see the difference between the two in terms of pricing, features, and recommendations. Above all, let’s see – Why is Confluence better than SharePoint? – and more importantly, is it.
At first glance, both SharePoint and Confluence offer some essential features that can be pretty basic in our days. For example, some of these features are a cloud version that can be easily accessible from any device in any location connected to the internet. Moreover, both Confluence and SharePoint also have APIs, tutorials, intuitive interface UX/UI, document management, customer support, and live editing.
Moving on to the uglier side of things, SharePoint as a Microsoft product can be very intuitive to any user that had previously interacted with their products, and let’s be honest, who didn’t…. For this reason alone, Confluence loses some points in front of SharePoint. Though, one does not deem one product better than the other because one is simply an older internationally known company essentially used on any computer. As a younger company, Confluence managed to bring to the table more in terms of integration through their Atlassian Market place, where you can find literally an integration with Confluence for any tool you’d like. Simultaneously, as it is a Microsoft product, SharePoint integrates mostly with products under the same backing.
Funny enough, at this point, these two came to the point where you can integrate SharePoint into Confluence and the other way around. Now, we find ourselves wondering, can we frankly discuss the competition between the two, or did they decide to bury the hatchet and join forces for a better user experience?!
From a pricing standpoint alone, the SharePoint vs. Confluence situation is as follows. First, Confluence Cloud offers a freemium plan available for teams of ten people or less while Sharepoint doesn’t. Second, the other price points are equally as good and as costly, with standard packages costing $5/user/month for both Premium full features package $10/user/month. Last, for the $5 package, SharePoint offers a better storage option, while both provide unlimited storage for the Premium.
Why is Confluence better than SharePoint?
A short answer would be the integration options it has and flexibility. Moreover, Confluence is a friendlier option for small businesses under ten employees as it also offers a Freemium version.
In conclusion, to the question, would we choose one or the other? To that, we answer that it depends on the preferences and the size of your business.
Confluence vs. Notion
No, even if Notion and Confluence fall under the same category as collaboration software, the two differ in terms of the target market and features. Notion comes with a more prominent orientation towards the personal user.
They focus their free plan mainly on personal use while Confluence built their free service around smaller companies, probably hoping to grow and switch to a paid plan. Looking even more profound into the Confluence competitor, Notion is more of quick thought and lightweight to-do list tool than an advanced collaboration tool such as Confluence. Furthermore, other apparent differences between the two come from the large diversity of apps integrations that Confluence has in contrast to Notion. Amongst other features that are missing in Notion are:
The ability to collaborate with specific team members such as developers
Free admin tools
Announcements and blogs
Finally, Notion comes with a slightly higher team price option of $8/user/ month. In contrast, it offers a 50% cheaper Pro Personal version for $4/month, emphasizing once again their focus on personal use.
Why is Confluence better than Notion?
We wouldn’t say necessarily that Confluence is better than Notion. We would say they target different segments and that each one of them is better at what they do. Meaning that Notion, as previously pointed focuses on Personal use and individuals that seek performance in that area. At the same time, Confluence invests most of its time innovating features and integration suitable for companies. Other than that, it can be difficult at times to find information on the Notion functionalities. Confluence, on the other hand, developed over time a wide range of valuable materials.
To wrap things up, while we appreciate Notion for its feature and innovation, we would recommend for freelancers and Confluence for any other organization that uses multiple software products and struggles with bringing their teams together.
Confluence vs. eXo platform
The eXo platform is a digital collaboration platform competitor to Confluence. They provide a slightly different software to Confluence by incorporating gamification, social media, collaboration, and reward features in the platform and creating a truly fantastic experience for the teams working with it.
Moreover, the eXo platform is highly praised for its flexibility, variety of features, and slightly lower price. Nonetheless, as a Confluence competitor, while it does pose some threats to the software, Confluence remains the champion in the integration and feature categories.
We like the incorporated features eXo comes with, but it makes us think of Asana, Trello, and other collaboration tools that it shares many common features with. Finally, the eXo platform does not come with a freemium version. Also, it requires a platform to layer on top, such as Microsoft Office 365 or Google Suite.
In brief, while we like and are very enthusiastic about the feature and the breath of fresh air the eXo platform brings to the market, we would much rather recommend Confluence as a knowledge sharing tool.
Still, at the end of the day is a matter of perspective and organizational and personal needs to look at and base your decision.