Element has always been more skewed towards businesses and organizations, making it a better fit for professionals than gamers when it comes to communication. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it doesn’t have something to offer both sets of users. Previously known as Riot, it is an open-source program that is one of the more recent entrants in the market. Its open nature gives users plenty of scope to customize the experience, build bots, or integrate it with other software.
Despite being a free service, Element still packs plenty of features, such as the ability to use in-app translations as well as face IDs and PINs for secure logins. It can also work just as well with a small team as it can with a group made up of hundreds or even thousands of users. Additionally, the communications system excels when it comes to sharing files and hosting both video and voice calls.
Like Discord, it offers users the option to access it via a web browser or through a dedicated app that is available for PCs and mobile devices. Its use of the Matrix protocol also means that it can easily be integrated with many other services, including Twitter, Slack, IRC, and Telegram to make it even more versatile as a messaging app. With a strong emphasis on security and privacy, Element supports end-to-end encryption and is open-source, meaning that everyone is free to look at its code and search it for any vulnerabilities or potential problems.