Flock Launches FlockOS Chat Operating
December 22, 2016
Flock, the team messenger with users
across 25,000 global organizations, has released its application
development platform (AP!) -- FlockOS, the world's first chat operating
system. Developers can now build customized apps, bots and integrations
on Flock, and either use them within their organization, or publish it
in the Flock Appstore, making them available for all Flock users.
FlockOS is unique, as it provides a first-of-its-kind widgets feature
that allows users to have a seamless experience with any Flock app -- an
experience matching that of any fully interactive website. With the kind
of powerful apps that can be built, a user could get all their work done
from within Flock, enabling massive productivity benefits.
FlockOS allows developers to build apps that:
•Provide a tightly integrated
experience by using widgets. These include the attachment widget,
sidebar widget, and modal widget -- all capable of displaying rich HTML.
•Send messages and rich
attachments to Flock users and groups. For example, the Poll app in
Flock creates an opinion poll in a rich attachment format and
immediately broadcasts it to all in a group. It also shows real time
updates on the poll results.
•Add buttons to attachments, chat
tab bar, attachment picker bar or app launcher bar. The meticulously
designed app-specific buttons embedded in the interface ensure higher
app discoverability, and in turn, boost app usage.
•Setup slash commands providing an additional option for users to
interact with the app.
•Configure a Bot to send directed
messages to users, carry on conversations and complete tasks from within
•Customize URL previews for
specific URLs, so the app can display information relevant for the user.
•Deliver a consistent experience
across platforms including web, desktop, and mobile without having to
rework a single line of code.
With these capabilities, development teams can create apps to meet the
specific needs of their teams and organizations, through functionalities
that employees demand from their current messaging and collaboration
"Messaging and collaboration platforms have become the systems by which
teams become more productive. Currently, most of our activities are
collaborative in nature, and increasingly there will be the need for
simple apps that are built on top of the messaging framework," said
Bhavin Turakhia, CEO and founder of Flock. "Apps built on FlockOS
empower teams to have more choices in the functionalities and
capabilities of the collaboration platforms they use every day. Instead
of being 'stuck' with using a particular service and its limited
capabilities, teams can now create a custom environment within Flock
that is designed for their unique needs."
Apps and integrations are considered "first-class citizens" in the
FlockOS ecosystem. Flock provides users with a seamless experience with
all integrations. The Flock UI, built from the ground-up with
simplicity, usability, and apps in mind, ensures maximum app
discoverability to boost utilization. Users can expect massive
productivity gains with the expansion of Flock's app network.
"Other similar solutions limit the user's interactions with apps to
simple notifications and slash commands, which results in a substandard
experience for the user and low app discoverability and usage from a
developer's perspective. With FlockOS, we have thrown open our platform
to the global developer community. Our UI is a canvas for developers,
allowing them to create truly intuitive apps and integrations which
seamlessly blend with the core product," added Turakhia.
Developers can currently build custom apps on FlockOS using Java and
node.js SDKs with additional SDKs (Python, Ruby, etc.) to roll out soon.
of apps built on the FlockOS:
The To-do app allows a user to simultaneously have a conversation with
the team, as well as assign them to-dos -- all within Flock. It is easy
to track the status of these to-dos as all updates are sent as message
notifications on the respective Flock group.
The Notes app allows the user to quickly make shareable rich notes. All
users in a Flock group can view or edit it, thus making it a resourceful
The soon to be released Meeting Scheduler app will help users schedule
meetings, invite other participants, get participant feedback on meeting
slots, and even view their entire calendar at a glance -- all from