Slack or Teams? Which side of the workspace line do you fall? We have taken a moment to outline the differences in the two leading workspace environments to help you understand them better and figure out which would work best for your company.
Slack and Microsoft Teams have their similarities and differences. The search bar, quick commands, and conversation threads features are almost identical for the two tools. Despite these similarities, there are a lot more differences between Slack and Teams, including app integration, content sharing, and deployment. Overall, as both are communication tools, the differences with these features are minor details.
Which one is best? That depends on what collaboration platform your company uses. Today we are diving into the two leading collaboration apps - Slack and Microsoft Teams. It may be hard for a company or team to decide what’s best for them. Let’s dive into the overview of the apps, features, integrations, direct comparison, pros/cons, and then our final thoughts!
Slack was released in 2013 and has continued to be a leader in innovation and collaboration. Slack has more than 10 million daily active users with more than 600,000 different organizations in 150 different countries using the collaboration app. Slack was the result of the founder Stewart Butterfield’s video game Glitch that didn’t gain traction, and soon transitioned into the app we now know today. The app is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS. In April 2019, Slack had filed their IPO to go public.
Microsoft Teams is a newer product when compared to Slack. Before Microsoft Teams was created, Microsoft was deciding if they wanted to make an $8 billion bid on Slack, but they decided otherwise and went in the direction of producing their own app. Microsoft Teams launched in 2017 and is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS. The app has over 1.5 million daily active users with more than 500,000 organizations using the app. Teams comes with an Office365 subscription, which is where most of their users come from.
For future features you may not know about in Slack, check out this article.
Having integrations in collaboration apps is increasingly important due to advances in automation and technology. Integrations streamline processes, reduce costs, and increase efficiency. Without certain integrations, many of the abilities you currently have right now in Slack or Teams would not be achievable. Here are some of the many valuable integrations on Teams and Slack:
There are pros and cons to both apps, many companies will have their own reasoning for choosing their app. Users of Microsoft Teams tend to be companies that have over 10,000 employees as it is easier, smoother and apart of the office365 subscription, which most companies will have. Microsoft Teams also has unlimited message history, while Slack is limited to 10,000 stored messages. The video calling and communication aspect of Teams tends to be smoother than Slack’s video calling, as there are not as many bugs. But, Microsoft Teams does have a number of bugs when it comes to messaging and the interface, which tends to be slower and off-putting to users. Check out our integrations with both Slack and Microsoft Teams.
Initially, as a team just starting to put support processes in place, sorting and managing service requests was quick and easy. A short message was all the Support team needed to process a change request or set up the company Google calendar for an employee. But as the company grows and more people come on board, you soon find yourself working through piles of tickets, sifting through company inboxes, and pinging your Support team so they can follow up on those 3-day-old issues.