When it comes to office collaboration tools, Microsoft Teams and Slack are the significant competitors that come to mind. Slack is best known around start-ups and digital agencies circles. It has been the first such collaboration tool of its kind, providing companies and organizations with chat and file sharing capabilities.
Many others have tried to replicate it – such as IBM Notes or Google G-suite – but very few managed to come close. It was in 2017, however, when Microsoft launched its Teams platform, that Slack got a worthy competitor. Since then, Microsoft’s foothold in the industry has never been stronger. With the all-too-common tools like Skype, Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint, Teams brings them all together under one roof. That said, let’s look at both of these collaboration platforms, side by side, to see which one will best suit your business.
What Do Microsoft Teams and Slack Have in Common?
Since both Slack and Teams are communication tools, there is some similar functionality between the two. The major commonalities include:
- Quick Commands – In both cases, quick commands allow users to take certain actions easily. These include things like status changes or adding to team members, among others. With Slack, you type “/” into the message bar and the full list of quick commands appears. With Teams, “/” or “@” in the search bar will generate a similar result.
- The Search Bar – Both tools present a search bar at the top, allowing users to search through files and chats with ease.
- Conversation Threads – Another useful feature that both tools have in common are conversation threads. These help users quickly understand which messages are part of which conversation, as well as who is talking to who.
The Differences between Teams and Slack
- Third-Party App Integrations – With over 800 third-party apps that it can integrate with, Slack beats Teams, which can only integrate with roughly 180 apps. That said, Teams can integrate with all Office 365 apps (Skype, Outlook, etc.), making it much easier for users to email or call each other from within Teams.
- Mobile Version – While both platforms have mobile and desktop capabilities, Teams provides a cloud-based service called Intune. It allows companies to manage their mobile devices, ensuring that all data is protected.
- Sharing Content – If your primary collaboration source is Google Drive, Slack allows you to create and share these kinds of documents easily. Teams, however, operates on the Office 365 package. You can view, collaborate on, and edit files within Teams, without having to leave the platform, which is not possible in Slack.
- Protecting Data – Both tools provide users with security measures to encrypt files, data, and messages. They both offer two-factor authentication, but Teams has the edge over Slack thanks to its integration with the Microsoft Admin Center. Teams also provide data loss prevention through internal leaks, which Slack doesn’t.
- Easy Deployment – Both systems are fairly easy to deploy, though due to some of its security and accessibility layers, Microsoft Teams takes a bit longer to add a new user.
- Affordability – Regarding cost-effectiveness, both platforms have a free version, making them available for small companies that don’t need the extra features. The open Teams version offers more capabilities than Slack. Also, companies that have an Office 365 Business subscription, Teams will be included in the package for free.
Microsoft Teams does come on top and can prove an excellent collaboration tool for most businesses. It provides better security, more features (even with its free version) and is specifically tailored to work with Office 365 applications. If you want to make an Office 365 migration and start using Teams, Managed Solution is at your service. Contact us today, and let’s find a solution together!