Bridging is what enables a Matrix-based app, such as Element, to interoperate with traditional proprietary apps - for instance, Microsoft Teams, Slack, Signal, Telegram or WhatsApp.
Bridging also exists for other messaging protocols, such as XMPP and IRC. Bridging services are available for both cloud and on-premise deployments.
Matrix bridging services create safe gateways through the walled gardens of traditional collaboration and messaging apps.
Bring your people together, whatever app they use, with interoperable collaboration.
Connect with your external ecosystem; as easy as email, but end-to-end encrypted.
Plug frontline workers, and their data, straight into the rest of the organisation's workflow.
Use Element for mission-critical operations, bridged to a generic enterprise-wide system.
Have a fully synced enterprise-wide backup to cover unplanned outages, or a network failure.
Address shadow IT concerns driven by the use of consumer-grade messaging apps.
Bridging helps break silos through interoperability. It's exactly what the EU Digital Markets Act and the US ACCESS Act are pushing for to protect against people and organisations being locked into a particular vendor or service.
For interoperability between WhatsApp and Matrix.
Connect Slack channels and Matrix rooms for interoperability.
For interoperability between MS Teams and Matrix.
For interoperability between Signal and Matrix.
For native interoperability between Gitter and Matrix.
Connect text-based Discord channels and Matrix rooms.
For interoperability between Telegram and Matrix.
Dynamically bridge IRC channels and synchronise user-lists.
Deployment varies slightly per bridge, but they all deliver a native look and feel for both sides.
Minimal IT admin support is required from external parties.
Bridging is charged according to the number of remote monthly active users (RMAU) sending messages from the ‘other’ side of the bridge into the Element/Matrix environment.
Matrix is an open network for secure, decentralised communication, connecting 80M+ users over 80K+ deployments.
Governed by The Matrix.org Foundation, the Matrix protocol is an open standard with open source implementations, supporting a vibrant developer ecosystem. Element was founded by the team behind Matrix as a way to bring it to the mainstream.
Element is incredibly proud to build in the open, sharing almost all of our own code with everyone.