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Buyer’s guide to intranet and employee experience platforms

The best intranets reviewed — for free

Our revised report V2.2, reviews every category of intranet — including stand-alone intranet software, ‘in-a-box’ products for SharePoint, employee communication platforms, and the new breed of employee experience platforms that offer desktop and mobile apps.

Download the full report now to see our robust reviews of 22 leading intranet systems, along with 9 product overviews to help kickstart your shortlist.

The 810-page report is a completely free download,
and we’ll automatically send you any updates.

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July 2023: Newly revised reviews
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What’s in the report

We spent hundreds of hours assessing 31 of the best intranet and employee experience platforms against our rigorous framework. In the 810-page report you will find:

  • A thorough introduction (worthy of a whitepaper) that tackles the ‘build or buy’ dilemma and guides you through the decision-making process. We also explain the differences between add-on software for SharePoint and wholly stand-alone intranet systems
  • 22 robust reviews independently assessed and scored against 10 business scenarios, where we don’t focus on features, but on capabilities
  • 9 product overviews that, while shorter, introduce products that are definitely worth considering for your shortlist
  • More screenshots than ever before. A dozen show you the inner workings of each reviewed intranet
  • At-a-glance tables and charts, technical specs and a price bracket indication in each review
  • Expert review commentary that explains what our independent reviewers found tricky and delightful.
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Find the best intranet software for your needs.

Rate your current intranet

Compare your intranet to our reviews of 31 leading systems.

Consider our ten scenarios and rate your current intranet. Can you make better use of your intranet or does it look completely out-of-date now you’ve seen the capabilities of leading systems?

Reviewed intranet systems

  1. ahead
  2. Akumina Employee Experience Platform
  3. Appspace Intranet, powered by Beezy
  4. Atlas Digital Workplace Platform
  5. Firstup
  6. Fresh
  7. GO Intranet
  8. Haiilo
  9. Happeo
  10. Interact
  11. Involv Intranet
  12. LiveTiles Employee Experience Platform
  13. LumApps
  14. MangoApps
  15. Omnia
  16. Powell Intranet
  17. SharePoint & Viva
  18. Simpplr Intranet
  19. Staffbase Front Door Intranet
  20. Unily
  21. Workai
  22. Workvivo

Product overview reviews

  1. Digital Assistant by adenin
  2. Green Orbit
  3. Intranet Connections
  4. JungleMail for Office 365
  5. Juno Intranet
  6. Oak Enterprise
  7. Ripple + Beacon
  8. ShortPoint
  9. Xoralia Policy Management Software

Check our intranet and app directory to see more digital workplace systems, platforms, and products.


“The report provided confidence I was talking to stakeholders about the right products and features alongside our insights, user and business requirements.”

Martin Stubbs-Partridge, Internal Communications, NatureScot


“Comprehensive and highly detailed market overview of intranet products.”

Raymond Weber, Solution Architect, Suva


“Fantastic intranet resource now being shared at no cost!”

Susan Hanley, Collaboration Consultant


“Would recommend to anyone in the market for intranet platforms, but it’s just as useful if you have one already like us!

“An incredibly useful resource, and amazingly free of charge!”

Tom Chippendale, Digital Delivery Manager, Wessex Water

On top of SharePoint, alongside SharePoint, stand-alone and more

The report covers both ‘in-a-box’ products that require SharePoint and stand-alone intranet systems that do not. We’ve even reviewed SharePoint (and Viva) to give you a baseline when considering transforming it with an ‘in-a-box’ intranet product.

You can still expect a stand-alone intranet system to work well with Microsoft Office 365 apps and such, and ‘scenario 9’ of each review highlights integration effectiveness.

By reviewing every kind of intranet system in one report, you see the whole market and can compare capabilities regardless of the underlying technology.

In this example the product is a ‘standalone’ system that doesn’t require SharePoint, Google, or anything similar to work, but can work with SharePoint if desired.

Due diligence done delightfully.

Version 2.2 is built on seven years of reviewing

The report is completely free, and you can download it today without fuss. In previous years, we charged as much as $495 but we’re now able to offer it to you at no cost while still retaining our independent, tech-agnostic approach.

While our 2023 report has all-new reviews, and includes new products, we have a long history of reviewing digital workplace systems and apps. Our reviews have helped establish ClearBox as a trusted partner and leading digital workplace consultancy; sharing our expertise is a cornerstone of our working practices. Please get in touch if we can help you select the right intranet solution, or help revamp your digital workplace strategy and governance.

Our review team is made up of independent, well-known, experts who have followed the ClearBox review framework. Each review is triple checked, fact checked, and balanced by the core ClearBox team. We’re confident each review will give you a fair understanding of the vendor’s strengths, and help you consider your intranet requirements and priorities to build a best-fit shortlist.

Download the free report now and share with your team. Tweet us on @ClearBox or connect with us on LinkedIn.