Facebook vs Snapchat, Android vs Apple, Microsoft vs Amazon – monumental business battles that have changed the way people communicate. Now we’re seeing the rise of another rivalry, this time in the collaboration software market, Microsoft Teams vs Slack.
In 2019, this market reached $9.5 billion globally, and with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic coupled with the shift to remote working, collaboration tools have never been more important than they are now. The competition is fierce with both Teams and Slack putting up a good fight, and while these platforms may seem similar, they’re worlds apart in design and structure. Plus, with the recent acquisition of Slack by tech giants Salesforce, does this pose a threat to Teams? We don’t think so. Here are 5 reasons why we think Microsoft Teams is better than Slack.
Microsoft Teams vs Slack – Usage
When it comes to usage, the story has taken quite a turn in recent years. Slack started as leader in this area, however in the last few years there has been a surge in organisations flocking to Teams.
In 2020 Microsoft announced 115 million daily active users (DAU) on the platform, with a user base of a reported 75 million in the first half of 2020. Of course, Slack is still growing, but not at the same rapid pace, reporting 12 million DAU in 2019 with no further updates announced yet.
Both platforms deliver when it comes to online audio and video sharing, but who does it better? Thanks to Microsoft’s years of experience with Skype for Business and catering to a multitude of businesses on collaboration with communication applications, Teams edges forward with its meeting capabilities.
Slack provides one-to-one calls with the free version which upgrades to 15 participants with screen sharing included in the paid plan.
With Teams, the free plan allows you to host meetings with up to 250 people. When you upgrade to the paid plan you can use Teams live events to host large meetings, with up to 10,000 attendees within or outside your organisation. Microsoft Teams also includes features such as meeting recordings, scheduled meetings and screen share. It’s important to note that with Teams you can replace your desk phones with Teams calls, whereas with Slack you can only call those within your workspace. External calls can be made via an integration.
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