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Comparing Slack and Microsoft Teams: Which is best for your team in 2020?

Comparing Slack and Microsoft Teams

Slack and Microsoft Teams are two of the most popular tools for communication and productivity among organizations. While the tools are similar in some ways, there are some key differences that may make one better than the other for your organization. We’re comparing Slack and Microsoft Teams so you can make the best choice for your team in 2020. 

Messaging Abilities 

Both Slack and Microsoft Teams feature group chat with the opportunity for threaded messages as well as the ability to direct message colleagues. You can format your message with italics, bolding, or bulleted or numbered lists. Both platforms allow users to create channels and feature search functions that allow you to search for conversation strings to reference later. Additionally, both Slack and Microsoft Teams allow external users to be added to the platform for communication on projects, but Slack requires users to be on a paid plan to access this feature. 

Web Conferencing 

Slack and Microsoft Teams both over voice call, video conferencing, and screen sharing options which can make it quick and easy to communicate with teammates. While Slack offers 1:1 communication on their free plan, you will need a paid plan to communicate with video calls up to 15 people or to share your screen. Microsoft Teams offers video calls for up to 250 people for all tiers of plans as well as screen sharing which can be a make or break for larger organizations deciding between the tools. 

Integrated Apps 

Both Slack and Microsoft Teams allow users to integrate with third party apps such as Droplr that organizations may already be using. Again, pricing comes into play with how these apps integrate. Slack integrates with more than 800 apps, but only allows up to 10 app integrations on their free plan before switching to unlimited integration on all paid tiers. On the other hand, Microsoft Teams allows unlimited integrations as all pricing levels, but only integrates with approximately 180 apps. Microsoft Teams does have the best integration with Microsoft Office products, given it is a part of the Microsoft Office 365 family. 

Emojis and GIFS

While the use of emojis and GIFs may not be the ultimate deciding factor for organizations, the ability to use them to communicate with teammates is a value add. Slack and Microsoft Teams both allow the use of emojis and GIFs and additionally, Microsoft Teams features the ability to use their library of ‘stickers’ similar to what is found on Facebook to further add pizazz to messages among teams. 

Storage Limits 

Being able to share files through both Slack and Microsoft Teams is a pro for both platforms. But storage limits can quickly come into play. Slack’s free plan allows 5GB of storage per user and a cap of 10,000 messages on message history. Storage allowance increases with each paid tier while message history caps disappear. On the other hand, Microsoft Teams allows 2GB of storage per user and 10GB total for a team on their free program. Their Essentials plan increases storage to 1TB for the organization while their Premium plan offers unlimited storage. There is no message history limit with Teams. 

Security

Security is top of mind for most organizations. Both Slack and Microsoft Teams support two-factor authentication with all pricing levels as well as data encryption. While both tools prioritize security, Microsoft Teams has the edge of being included in the Microsoft Office 365 family. IT teams at large organizations may lean towards Microsoft Teams as a tool of choice as it’s not only already included, but they have better control over how it is used to share data and other files and communications. 

Pricing Models 

Both tools offer a basic free program that limits users in several ways, particularly when it comes to storage. Slack’s basic paid plan comes in at $6.67/user per month, while Microsoft Teams starts their plans at $12.50/user per month. Depending on company size, needs, and if Office 365 is widely used within an organization, pricing can quickly become a deciding factor between the two tools. 

When choosing a communication and productivity tool like Slack or Microsoft Teams for your organization, there is a lot to consider. We hope this article comparing Slack and Microsoft Teams provides helpful insight when making decisions for your organization.

Read more about how Droplr integrates with Slack and Microsoft Teams.

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