Slack vs Microsoft Teams.

Slack vs Microsoft Teams.

Which Tool is Ahead of The Game?

On a winter day 2016, Bill Gates and Satya Nadella met up for coffee. (As rumor has it.) Microsoft’s founder and its CEO were sipping drinks and basking in the sun. The main question on the agenda was: should they bid $8 bln to acquire Slack? In the end, whether the coffee was bitter or the sun was too hot, they vetoed the big purchase. Microsoft’s top dogs decided to develop their own application. Later on, in November 2016 Microsoft Teams made its official launch.

Now, as for 2018, MT with 200,000 organizations using it, is in hot pursuit of their biggest rival – Slack. Microsoft Teams pulls into pole position for large enterprises and is headed to U.S. Government customers.

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Now, let’s look at the key features of Slack and Microsoft Teams.

Slack vs Microsoft Teams: fast facts

For those of you in a hurry, let’s make a quick comparison.

Until recently, the main difference between the tools was that Microsoft Teams didn’t have a Freemium version. However, in July 2018 Microsoft introduced a new tier of Teams available at no cost, shoring up its position as a Slack competitor.

Talking about distinctions, MT doesn’t seem easy to deploy and admin. In general, it is designed for larger enterprises. However, it offers some convenient features for businesses of any size, such as robust integration with Office 365 applications. Slack, in its turn, is famous for the carefully designed UX and has integrations with pretty much every piece of software.

For a more careful analysis of Slack, read our Slack review article.

……………… Slack Microsoft Teams
Pricing model   Freemium   Standard $6.67 user/month (billed annually)   Plus $12.50 user/month (billed annually)               Freemium   Office 365 Business Essentials $5 per user/month (billed annually)   Office 365 Business Premium $12.50 per user/month (billed annually)   You can try both paid plans for free for 30 days  
Message history limit 10K messages in Free plan, unlimited in Standard and Plus plans Unlimited in all plans
Audio/video calls Unlimited 1:1 voice and video calls in Free plan Conference calls for up to 15 participants in Paid plans Voice/video calls with up to 80 people in a meeting.
Integrations 10 integrations limit in Free plan, 800+ integrations in paid plans 180+ apps and services (as of July 2018)
File storage limit Free plan: 5GB file storage for a team Standard plan: 10GB per user Plus plan: 20GB per user Free plan: 2 GB/user and 10GB of shared storage Paid plans: 1 TB per organization
Screen sharing Unavailable in Free version, available in Standard and Plus versions Available in all plans
Interface color options Custom sidebar themes. 3 themes (light, dark, high contrast)
Conversation threads Yes Yes

Microsoft Teams vs Skype for Business: How The New Teams Will Be Different – CWPS

Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business have always had some overlap when it comes to functionality. This has prompted some businesses to choose one solution over another. That is changing, however: Skype for Business is coming to Microsoft Teams.

How will that change how you do business? Moving forward, companies are going to see an improvement in their Microsoft Teams feature set. At the same time, companies using Skype for Business are encouraged to transition to Microsoft Teams for a more robust platform.

Basically, it’s no longer a matter of Microsoft Teams vs. Skype for Business, as they are becoming one and the same. Here’s what you need to know.

Microsoft Teams Vs Skype For Business

Skype for Business was designed to primarily support voice calls and video conferencing, though there were some robust chat features as well. Skype for Business was able to offer video conferencing calls that could support up to 250 people. Comparatively, Microsoft Teams was designed as an all-around collaborative platform, offering chat, voice, and calling features. Skype for Business could be seen as a more niche tool, while Microsoft Teams was a completely collaborative environment.

Though Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business does differ, there is some significant overlap. Both Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams involve team chats, direct messaging, and voice calling. Though Microsoft Teams originally didn’t have the calling capacity that Skype did, it still had both voice chat and video calling functionality. 

Thus, it does make sense that Microsoft would want to combine the products. Microsoft has been moving in this direction for some time. In the past, Microsoft Teams had already incorporated some functionality from Skype. This new Skype for Business integration is simply going to bring more of Skype’s functionality into the Microsoft Teams platform.

What the New Teams Will Look Like

Eventually, it’s likely that Microsoft Teams will add most (if not all) of the functionality that Skype for Business currently has.

Not every feature of Skype for Business will be rolled out at once. These new additions are likely going to be included version by version. Companies that rely upon some of the more advanced features of Skype for Business may want to wait until all of their features have been rolled out to the new platform. Ideally, Microsoft Teams will be able to provide an organization with all the features they need.

Meanwhile, Microsoft Teams is also going to be adding functionality from other collaborative tools and looking to improve upon their existing features. 

Skype vs. Teams: No Need to Choose

When it comes to Microsoft Teams vs Skype for Business, organizations are no longer required to choose between the two. Instead, Microsoft Teams will ultimately encompass the functions of Skype for Business, in a single collaborative platform. In reality, this makes it much easier for businesses to invest in and manage their collaborative software solutions.

When Microsoft Teams is used with the advanced features of Microsoft Office 365, a complete collaboration environment can be created. Companies will no longer need to use Skype for Business or other specialized applications. 

Are you interested in learning more about Microsoft Teams? Contact CWPS to transition from Skype for Business to the new Microsoft Teams.

Wrapping up

Pricing. Both – MT and Slack – offer the Freemium plans. As for the paid versions, the most affordable MT plan (within Office 365 package) is less expensive than the Slack’s cheapest tier.

Getting started. While Slack is easy to deploy, you can spend much time starting,  managing MT and inviting users to it. If you are a lead, you‘d better delegate all technical tasks to an IT admin.

Layout and design. MT’s layout is more saturated with tabs. Slack, in its turn, tends to wrap up its features to improve UI. It also provides wider possibilities for customizing a workspace.

Messaging. Both tools have many instruments for messaging, including threads. MT provide more built-in options for formatting, while Slack allows setting a reminder for a particular message.

File sharing and collaboration. In MT, you can share Office files and collaborate on them while right in the workspace. Slack doesn’t have built-in tools for that, so to edit a Doc. file, for example, you’ve got to download it and switch to another tab for editing.

Video calls. MT has a built-in feature for recording video calls. In Slack, you can do it via app only, e.g. using HYFY Screen Video Recorder. Also, in MT you can have a video meeting with up to 80 people in a call, while Slack limits you with only 15 participants (even in paid plans).

Integrations. MT has native integrations with Office applications and some third-party apps, However, Slack has way more of them – 800+ (comparing to 180+ in MT).

Task management. In both tools, you have to use integrations for working with tasks. In Slack, you can create and assign them without leaving the app using Actions feature. In Teams, you might use Microsoft Planner or a third-party integration.

Search. Both tools search within messages, contacts, files, and even within the content of the files you share.

Help and Support. Both – Microsoft Teams and Slack – provide support via different channels, such as bots and help sections.

To sum it up, Slack may be your choice if it has some third-party apps that you need, and Microsoft Teams doesn’t have them.

Microsoft Teams is your way to go:

  • if you work extensively with Office 365 applications and interested in using Business Essential or Premium model that have MT in their packages
  • if you are not afraid of challenges with tool deployment and administration.

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