Six months in Stride

Since launching Stride into early access last September, we’ve been thrilled by the excitement we’ve seen from the tens of thousands of teams who have adopted it as their communication platform.

Now, six months in, we’re sharing an update on how organizations around the world are using Stride to move their work forward.

New features to help you get more done together

Over the last few months, we’ve seen Stride’s early adopters transition all of their workplace communication to Stride. With their feedback in mind, we’ve introduced over 50 new features and improvements to Stride that will empower teams to do their most effective and productive work, including:

  • Your conversations, your way — Better ways to organize your chat list with customizable options like alphabetical sorting and starring.
  • Improved search functionality — Faster, smarter, and ready to find anything you need, right when you need it.
  • Enhancements to Meetings — An extra dose of improvements so you can more seamlessly connect face-to-face with teammates.

How Stride is empowering teams to move their work forward

Focus Mode empowers you to take a more mindful approach to staying connected with your team.

We built Stride with the belief that your messaging app should maximize collaboration and minimize distraction. But we also know that sometimes getting work done requires stepping away from it all. With one click, Focus Mode mutes all of your notifications and incoming messages and lets everyone know that you’re diving into deep work.

Early users have already spent over a quarter of a million hours in Focus Mode:

“We’re an incredibly lean and agile company. We were using the free version of Slack. We made the switch to Stride Standard because our development teams found higher value than we were previously receiving from other free products. Stride’s Focus Mode feature has been a lifesaver for developer productivity, and every member of our DevOps teams use Focus Mode to ship their code uninterrupted.” — Steve Gallion, CEO of MedTrainer

Stride’s integrated collaboration tools let teams isolate important outcomes by marking any message as an Action or Decision.

Actions and Decisions keep you and your team moving with real, action-oriented outcomes so you all see what’s next and why.

For distributed, fast-moving teams, that’s been a game changer:

“Our team is spread across 13 countries, and being able to communicate effectively is key to our success. Stride has been amazing for breaking down communication silos and getting everyone on the same page — especially new employees. The searchable rooms and conversations, combined with the Decisions feature make it easy for any new employee to get up to speed fast and start contributing earlier.” — Marc Linster, VP of Product Development, PostgresEDB

Taylor Facen, Product Manager at Freeman Capital, never understood why her globally distributed team felt disconnected in spite of all of their tools. Before finding Stride, they were relying on another popular collaboration tool for team chat and task management in addition to a separate video conferencing solution. An Atlassian fan, Taylor originally chose Stride for its best-in-class integrations with Jira Software, Bitbucket, and Trello, but was blown away by how much more connected her company felt with Stride Meetings:

“The biggest surprise about adopting Stride is how Stride Meetings has made our 100% remote team work better. For the first time we’re having spontaneous video meetings that make us feel more connected and therefore more productive.” — Taylor Facen, Product Manager at Freeman Capital

Meetings make it easy to connect face to face with anyone, anywhere.

She also loves that Stride Meetings aren’t limited to participants in your Stride group and has found that to be a incredible asset when working with partners and customers outside of the organization:

“With Stride Meetings, I can get face to face with anyone on Earth — whether they are in my company or not. I can share a simple link or dial them in directly. It’s an incredibly powerful tool.” — Taylor Facen, Product Manager at Freeman Capital

A thriving ecosystem of apps at your fingertips

Atlassian’s obsession with team productivity relies on individuals being empowered to do their best work. We know that every individual works a little bit differently, from the tools they use to manage workflows to the ways they celebrate success. That’s why we’re excited to bring 20 new apps to customers today, including Trello, Google Drive, and Dropbox.

“Atlassian is a strong partner and shares our vision in bridging silos to simplify the way teams work and collaborate together. Integrating Dropbox with Stride brings content and communication together for teams that depend on visibility, feedback, and access to information anywhere, anytime. We are excited to offer this new capability to our joint customers.” — Billy Blau, Global Head of Business Development and Partnerships at Dropbox

Apps integrate with the tools your team already loves to use and take advantage of Stride’s unique features to help you focus on the things that matter most:

“In Slack, developers had to jump between platforms all the time. Stride’s integration with Jira Software in particular is rich and actionable from within the chat room. Our DevOps team ships faster and with better quality than before.” Steve Gallion, CEO of MedTrainer

Learn more about Stride apps in the Atlassian Marketplace.

This is just the beginning

If you’re a current Hipchat Cloud user, we’ll be upgrading you to Stride as soon as possible. We’ll be in touch with all of the details, or you can learn more here.

We’re just getting started, and have much more to share in the coming months. We can’t wait for your team — and teams everywhere — to use Stride.