Collaboration Super Bowl: Microsoft Teams vs Slack
This weekend the 49ers and the Chiefs will battle it out for the right to claim top honors in the NFL. In the enterprise world, Microsoft Teams and Slack have been going head to head for the past few years, trying to win the best enterprise collaboration tool battle. Microsoft Teams edged ahead of Slack in 2019, taking Slack fans by surprise. Let’s look at why Teams has quickly become a fan favorite in this epic collaboration tool showdown, and why you should consider making a switch in 2020.
Why use a platform like Microsoft Teams or Slack?
Collaboration is the underpinning of the modern workplace. It’s the team, no longer just the individual, driving enterprise productivity, innovation and success. But in an increasingly distributed and fast-paced workplace, business teams need collaboration tools that bring them together, even if they’re physically not in the same place. The new digital workplace is driving the adoption of enterprise tools designed to bring conversation, video conferencing, ideas, file sharing, and group document editing – all in one place.
Despite coming to market earlier than Teams, according to the Q4 Technology Executive Council Survey conducted by CNBC, 58% of those surveyed say their firms use Microsoft Teams, almost twice as many as those (30%) who said their firms use Slack. That begs the question, what’s driving Microsoft’s viral adoption?
10 Reasons to Make Microsoft Teams Your Top Pick
There’s no one reason Microsoft has taken the lead with companies either choosing Teams to fuel collaboration from the start or switching from Slack to Teams. We analyzed the plays, and here are 10 reasons we’re rooting for making the switch to an MS Teams intranet in 2020.
1. Fan Favorite – With over 20 million daily active Teams users and over 500,000 organizations using it, it’s quickly becoming the platform of choice over Slack, which clocks in with 12 million daily users in comparison.
2. Integration with Office 365 – If you work in Office 365 apps like SharePoint, OneNote, Power BI, Planner, Word and Excel, there’s seamless integration with Teams as it’s a Microsoft product. This is a key consideration if your business uses Office 365.
3. File Sharing and Collaboration – Slack’s size limit for uploading is 1GB, while Microsoft Teams is capped at 15GB. The bottom line, you can share more content and bigger files with Teams.
4. Web Conferencing – Teams offers superior out-of-the-box web conferencing capabilities. On all tiers, including the free version, you can conference with voice or video with up to 250 people, unlike Slack which has free 1-to-1 calls but requires a paid plan to support up to 15 simultaneous callers. Teams also offers the ability to record meetings (Slack does not) and offers screen sharing (paid only for Slack).
5. Firstline Worker Support – Designed to help first-line workers who handle service and task-oriented duties in retail, hospitality, travel, and manufacturing, Teams makes it easy for workers to clock in and out on their mobile devices, share their location and perform other tasks specific to their duties.
6. Work Hard, Play Hard – With emoji’s, stickers, gif support, and a custom meme generator, Teams takes the lead at bringing a little humor and fun to the workplace.
7. Wiki Support – Teams offers an integrated Wiki feature for shared notes while Slack offers team knowledge gathering through app integrations. Teams takes the lead for allowing you to keep your Playbook in-app.
8. Pricing – Teams is included as part of Office 365 subscription plans. And while both Teams and Slack have freemium plans, the cheapest Microsoft Teams paid plan is less expensive than Slack’s cheapest plan. Teams is easier on the wallet in a do more, with less world.
9. IT Controls and Compliance – According to PC Magazine, “Microsoft Teams and Slack both encrypt data, messages, and files, in transit and at rest. They also both enforce team-wide and organization-wide two-factor authentication. Beyond that, Microsoft Teams also gives you deeper admin controls when paired with the Microsoft Office 365 Admin Center… Microsoft Teams and Slack are ISO 27001-compliant, but Microsoft adds a heap of other security and compliance certifications for Microsoft Teams, including ISO 27018, SSAE16 SOC 1 and SOC 2, HIPAA, and EU Model Clauses (EUMC).” The bottom line: Teams is better when it comes to delivering enterprise-level security.
10. Third-Party Integrations – Teams offers unlimited integrations with other apps, where Slack only offers up to 10 free. There are also over 270 integrations for Teams including LiveTiles’ Wizdom Intelligent Intranet for easy governance and provisioning, design templates for customizing the look of your intranet, Bot Assistants to help serve up information, and Secure Teams Collaboration to ensure confidential or sensitive information in files and chats stay that way.
Our Money is on Microsoft Teams
Regardless of who you’re voting for this Superbowl weekend. When it comes to the enterprise collaboration tools showdown, we’re placing our bets on Microsoft Teams.