In the open source days many messaging applications were thriving. However, things today are different than the previous days of digital development. The law of complex business models and strategies dictate that platforms like Slack must adopt. Otherwise, they have to leave the market space.
Riot is a break from many messaging applications
These days many messaging applications are mostly close source or commercial source. Open source alternatives and flexibility is shadowed by profit driven companies. Slack used to be an open source driven tool of great value.
TechCrunch reports that Riot is a new UK origin app hoping to restore the good old days of open source. Riot was formerly known as Vector in its Beta mode. The app then went commercial and took on another name. The founders are Gary Miles, Amandine Le Pape and Matthew Hodgson.
Riot is built on Matrix. Matrix is an open standard for decentralized persistent communication. The app Riot aims to bring conversations and productivity tool together. It also provides the ability to tweak and host user version by being open source.
The app gives user the ability to share and collaborate on projects across communication apps and third party tools. Matrix is a component in it that connects external networks like Slack, IRC, Twitter and Gitter. It depends on Matrix for bots and integration development for example hosted integration to third party apps.
User teams can run their own server for bonus company security compliance. This is because Riot runs on Matrix and has end-to-end encryption because of Matrix’s Megolm. Riot is excellent for open source collaboration and is a break from the traditional commercial apps in the market.
Vector Creations Limited owns Riot. It is a subsidiary of Amdocs. Teams can go to public room listed in the directory or go straight to private ones through personal links. It gives the option to invite new collaborators through email. Users also have the option to upgrade and sign up for Riot as a guest user.
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