#Slack #MicrosoftTeams – Slack vs. Microsoft Teams vs. Facebook Workplace: Which Team Collaboration Tool Will Reign Supreme? : Collaborating and chatting with coworkers in the past were all about whiteboards and walled rooms. These days, team collaboration is more on emailing, video calling and instant messaging.
Apps such as Basecamp, Trello, Asana, Slack, Skype among others were developed to serve such purpose – to provide a convenient environment that users and team members can access wherever they are and at any time.
Despite the lackluster success of Microsoft’s Skype app, Slack has become the de facto king of online workplace collaboration platforms. Since its launch in 2013, the company’s value rose to more than $3 billion with over 1.25 million users worldwide and 33,000 paid teams using it.
It looks like Microsoft and Facebook have not been sitting idly admiring Slack’s success, as the two tech giants were reportedly working on their own versions of an online workplace collaborative app – Microsoft Teams and Facebook Workplace. So what do these new apps have that will make users ditch Slack?
Slack vs Microsoft Teams
Slack and Microsoft Teams have the basics covered with the availability of general chat rooms and one-on-one private messaging. Both platforms also offer users the ability to create personal channels for certain tasks and invite whoever they want. Plus both apps allow users to search through different channels, files and team member profiles.
Microsoft Teams, however, has a feature that alerts a team member and directly points them to the specific content they should see within the said channel. So there is no need to dig through a lengthy conversation after logging in a few hours later. Second, Microsoft Teams has a polling tool feature to easily know the team’s reactions to an idea or a subject.
Slack users first need to download a plug-in to access the same feature.
Microsoft Teams also makes GIFs and memes readily searchable for those badly needed icebreakers during work. While audio and video chat is present for both platforms, Microsoft Teams created chatbots to let users go over a chat, browse the interface or provide information on specific team members.
Microsoft has also integrated all Office 365 apps and services such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Skype and OneNote within the Teams app.