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Can Microsoft Teams Keep Up With Zoom?

New Custom Layouts, Upgraded Breakout Rooms, Meeting Recap Features

Microsoft Teams Vs. Zoom

The use of video conferencing has surged over the last six months with no sign of slowing down as talk of “the second wave” looms in our near future.  Although some have returned to their place of work, there are many who will continue to work remotely for an indefinite period of time. 

Organizations had to adapt quickly finding new ways to conduct business amidst a worldwide pandemic.  One of the decisions to make was which video conferencing platform to use.  Most have moved away from Skype to one of the two biggest competitors; Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

A common question being asked is, “which one is better – Microsoft Teams Vs. Zoom?”

What’s The Difference?

Both Microsoft Teams and Zoom provide team collaboration and video conferencing solutions where multiple people can meet remotely over video, share screens, and have breakout rooms.

So, what is the difference between the two?

Many have said Zoom is superior to Microsoft Teams but that may not be the case anymore!  

Teams has stepped up its game launching new custom layouts, upgraded breakout rooms and new meeting recap features.

Zoom

Features include:

  • HD Video and Audio
  • Support to up to 1,000 video participants
  • Up to 49 videos on screen
  • Advanced Encryption for Chat
  • Streamlined calendaring with integrations to Outlook and Gmail
  • Role-based security
  • Screen sharing and co-annotation
  • Recording and transcription
  • Team chat with groups
  • Searchable history
  • File sharing

Microsoft Teams 

Features include:

  • Full integration with Office 365
  • Video conferencing with background blur
  • Excellent audio with in-line transcription
  • File and screen sharing
  • Instant messaging one-to-one and in groups
  • Fully searchable conversational channels
  • Access from all devices
  • End-to-end security
  • Endless bots for integrating extra functionality
  • Tabs to make finding information easy
  • Recording

Microsoft Teams allows users to communicate quickly without setting up a conference. It syncs with Office 365 which makes collaboration easy by allowing file sharing and calendar support.

Zoom focus is video and audio conferencing. Zoom makes video conferencing super easy, even with users that are not part of the company account. Zoom also provides features such as multiple screen sharing to support web-based presentations. A top feature is the high quality video and audio on a Zoom call.

Which is Right For You?

Microsoft Teams works very well with organizations that use Microsoft software. Microsoft Teams easily integrates with Microsoft’s office suites as well as other software such as SharePoint. Microsoft Teams is also great for organizations that can make use of the collaboration features e.g. live chat function.

Zoom is ideal for those that want the best quality audio and video conferencing.  It might be preferable for businesses that conference with people outside the company network frequently, being it is simple to set up outside audio/video meetings. Zoom is also a good choice for small businesses that can utilize the free version.

Microsoft Teams Upgraded Features

Keep your eyes open for new features Microsoft Teams has/is launching to keep up with the fierce competition is as follows:

  1. Together Mode
  2. Custom Layouts
  3. Breakout Rooms
  4. Meeting Recap
  5. Webinar Registration and Reporting

Contact Us

dEm is working hard to help organizations upgrade their audio visual systems to adapt to the new normal. 

Contact us for your Audio Visual needs.

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