Microsoft Teams Or Zoom — Which One Should You Be Using?
COVID-19 has emphasized the way in which technology is used to connect people. In this age of social distancing and working from home, everyone is becoming well-versed in one video conferencing system or another, be it Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
This prompts two key questions: “Which one is better, and which should I be using?”
The two platforms may appear very similar at first. However, there are slight differences that reveal the advantages of using Teams.
The Case For Microsoft Teams
Although Zoom has a simplistic interface that requires minimal – if any – training for new users, it does not compare to the myriad of resources provided by Microsoft Teams in its one-stop-shop for everything collaboration.
Beyond the basic functions of video calls, Teams also provides meeting chats, internal documentation, one-click email invites, and even live captions. Within the team channel provided by Microsoft, written messages and files shared during a virtual meeting are saved and can be directly searched for at any time, even after the meeting’s end. Microsoft Teams also has a built-in meeting notes option, in which one team member can take notes during the discussion and anything written will automatically be shared with the rest of the group in the channel.
Both Zoom and Teams provide captioning on videos, but Zoom requires one member to manually type the transcriptions. Microsoft Teams offers live captions, creating a more inclusive meeting environment.
Also, though both platforms offer free versions rather than paid subscriptions, Zoom’s free option restricts meetings to 100 people for only 40 minutes. Free Microsoft Teams has no such limits. Furthermore, if you or your office is already paying for Microsoft 365, you are already paying for Teams – no further cost to you!
Still Not Sure Which Option Is Right For You?
That’s OK — this can be a complicated choice to make. From managing your remote employees to staying connected with your clients from home, you’ve undoubtedly got a lot to deal with right now.
Forthright Technology Partners is available to help you figure out which video meeting solution is right for your business. We’ll assess your organization’s needs and match them with the solution that will work best for your purposes.
If you’re unsure of how to harness the full scope of Microsoft Teams or Zoom, allow Forthright Technology Partners to help you out.