Within the wide range of applications that we can find, two of the most important are Microsoft Teams and Slack, each one with its peculiarities and advantages, which will make us lean towards one or the other depending on our needs. Both have been developed as communication platforms, so it is important to know when and what situations are appropriate to use one or the other.
Slack, the power of a powerful interface
It is an application especially known within the business world, especially used internally by employees within the same organization. It is quite useful when organizing work through its communication in real time. The user experience will vary if we opt for its free function or for the paid version. In the case of small organizations, the free version may be sufficient since it allows the use of text chat, as well as creating and managing several channels simultaneously.
One particularly noteworthy aspect is its beautiful interface. This one is clean, visually appealing and well organized, with all channels and messages well organized. From it we can make talks on public or private channels or direct messages with other participants. Where it falters especially is in terms of video calls, since in the free version we will not be able to use them.
This is especially problematic in case we need them as their paid versions are not economicals, which is why they are aimed at its use in large organizations, which require to exploit all its functionalities to the maximum.
Teams, Microsoft’s big bet
Teams has become the great bet as a communication and collaboration platform by Microsoft. With it, as in Slack, we can create real-time workspaces through chats, organized by channels. Although in this aspect, the Teams interface does not manage to keep up with Slack, since it is not as attractive or has the same organizational capacity.
This application is characterized by being integrated into Microsoft 365, so it is ideal if we are subscribed to it in our organization. This will not make it easy to share documents, calls and meetings both audio and video with up to 300 people simultaneously, as well as streaming events, something that Slack lacks.
The Teams communication platform has another important advantage, as it allows free call for 60 minutesyes, something we can’t find in Slack. That is why, if this is something fundamental for our work, it should be the point that decants the use of Teams over Slack. On the contrary, the collaboration with external teams It is more limited in Themes than in Slack, as it has a limit of five users, even in its paid plans. While Slack allows unlimited external collaboration as long as we access its different payment plans.