Redbooth, a company that sells software with task management, videoconferencing, and messaging features, is announcing today that it has built a new native desktop client for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Until now people were only able to use Redbooth in a web browser, or on iOS and Android.
Redbooth is beginning a four-week beta program for the new desktop client. The company will roll it out for all of its customers later.
The company chose to develop desktop apps to meet the needs of some of its large enterprise customers.
“I hear from customers all the time that as we introduce more and more capabilities, like chat, workspace, and telephony, customers were saying, ‘It’s really critical when I turn on my machine in the morning, I just want it to be there,'” Redbooth chief executive Dan Schoenbaum told VentureBeat in an interview.
Slack, the growing and highly valued team communication app, has won favor for its desktop clients at a time when people are doing so much work in browser tabs. But Redbooth has more features than Slack. You can keep track of what you and your teammates need to do and hold high-definition video calls with multiple people, as well as chat with colleagues.
Of course, companies could pay for several tools — like Microsoft’s Lync and Cisco’s Jabber and WebEx — to replicate Redbooth’s functionality for their employees. But “you can save a ton of time consolidating into one,” Charles Studt, Redbooth’s vice president of marketing, told VentureBeat.
As is the case now in Redbooth’s web app, the desktop app updates in real time to show comments and messages from colleagues. And the application updates automatically — IT doesn’t need to handle that process. Desktop notifications help, too.
Plus, companies don’t need to worry about whether users’ browsers can support Redbooth, because now it can run outside of the browser.
Redbooth started in 2008 and is based in Redwood City, California. Customers include eBay, Nvidia, Spotify, and Volkswagen. The company announced an $11 million funding round last year.
A press release on the news is here.