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Microsoft Teams vs Slack

Microsoft Teams
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Slack

Hi guys, during the pandemic I come to the idea that remote is much more profitable and convenient for my company, but still, I can’t find a perfect way of communicating within my team outside the office. One of my friends advised me to consider using Microsoft Teams, as he does, but I heard that Slack is better. What do you think about these two?

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Microsoft Teams vs Slack

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Microsoft Teams

Slack

Votes — 1 points
2 positive arguments
2 negative arguments
Votes — 4 points
3 positive arguments
2 negative arguments
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Positive argument for “Microsoft Teams”

Comes with Office 365

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Microsoft Teams comes with an Office 365 subscription. When you buy it, in addition, you get a useful tool with a wide range of features sufficient to customize your company's workflow. Microsoft has four subscription options for business tasks: free, basic, standard, and premium subscriptions. You can choose the appropriate one based on your business needs. Thanks to the built-in Microsoft Teams package, users get a set of all the tools they need for work. It allows them to increase the productivity of their employees and the entire company

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Positive argument for “Microsoft Teams”

It’s affordable

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While the cheapest Slack plan is $6.67 per user per month, the Microsoft Teams plan, on the other hand, is only $5 per user per month, which is much cheaper and more beneficial to the end-user. By purchasing a paid Microsoft subscription package, the customer also gets additional tools necessary for the competent conduct of business, such as PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, and many others. To summarize, for small business owners buying Office 365 bundles with Microsoft Teams is a better investment than buying Slack alone

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Negative argument for “Microsoft Teams”

An old-school interface

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If you’re used to the modern interface design of different platforms, Microsoft Teams isn’t for you. The interface of this program consists of a heap of tabs that are sometimes very difficult to understand. That's why young users are often confused when they encounter Microsoft Teams for the first time, and hurry to switch to other platforms with an interface more clear and relevant for the 21st century. Because of this old-school approach to interface design, many users blame Microsoft Teams for the unmodern look of the platform. Such a design solution can hardly be called user-friendly and intuitive for every user. When implementing the product, the developer should primarily focus on the comfort of the end-users, pushing other functions to the background

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Negative argument for “Microsoft Teams”

Heavy, glitchy

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The most frequently heard argument against using Microsoft Teams is that the user often encounters programming errors while working with it. Since the platform has a huge amount of functions, it loads files for a long time and incorrectly, which may cause a failure of the whole system. Other unpleasant things that often happen with Microsoft Teams are also uncommon: the program periodically crashes, randomly reboots your computer, bugs other Microsoft applications like Word, Excel, and so on. All such difficulties hinder the fulfillment of users' planned tasks, forcing them to spend time and a lot of money to fix problems caused by Microsoft Teams

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Positive argument for “Slack”

Freemium model

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Slack took care of saving their users' money and offered them a comfortable Freemium business model. Thanks to it, end-users got the opportunity to use Slack's tools for free with the possibility to upgrade to a premium version later for an additional fee. If your company has several interrelated units, and each of them requires a unique workspace, Slack with its Freemium business model is your choice. Thanks to it, you can choose the right set of features for each department and also save the company money

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Positive argument for “Slack”

Nice, convenient, and modern

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The most important feature of Slack is its ease of use. To sign up for Slack, users only need to confirm their account via email. Further configuration of the service won’t require much effort and will take much less time than with Microsoft Teams, where you need to have a Microsoft account and go through a long registration process to start using the product. Thanks to its modern design and ease of use, Slack is growing and evolving, allowing anyone new to Slack to join a community instantly

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Positive argument for “Slack”

A large number of integrations

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Noteworthy is the fact that Slack is also famous for its third-party integrations. Slack currently has over 100 integrations, and this number is constantly growing. If the program of interest isn’t on the list of integrations, it can always be added. At the moment, the most frequently used Slack integration is Google Drive. It makes Slack the perfect partner for companies that use Google Drive as their primary content management platform. The variety of Slack integrations available allows for custom solutions to fit any business area and business model. The company itself can choose only the integrations it needs and pay only for them

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Negative argument for “Slack”

It’s more expensive than Microsoft Teams

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Slack prices start at $8 per month per user. If you pay for a year, it's $6.67. This isn’t very cheap when compared with Microsoft Teams. We have some unpleasant news for those who want to save money: the developers of Slack impose severe restrictions on the capabilities of their free version, for example, with this plan it is impossible to save more than 10 000 messages in history. When working on a major project the absence of such an important function is simply impossible! In addition to the limit of 10,000 messages, there is also a limit of 5 GB of memory and 10 applications for integration. On a free plan, it won't be possible to use a guest account, and users will also be limited to one-on-one video sessions. To avoid such limits, the company will still have to splurge and buy a paid Slack package

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Negative argument for “Slack”

It works badly on slow computers

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If your company hasn't upgraded its hardware for a long time, you may have problems when running Slack on old computers. Slack requires a large amount of RAM and this must be taken into account - otherwise, the program won’t work correctly and will cause freezes. And because Slack is written in the Electron JavaScript framework, it also has an optimization problem. The platform can be sluggish and glitchy. The most prominent example of such glitches for a client is glitching on incoming calls: the user can't always answer to start a conversation, and there can also be communication failures when a conversation is successfully started

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