As the demand for digital optimisation increases, the options of digital collaboration tools have risen; therefore, here at Texaport, we have come up with a list of collaboration tools with a guide on which one is best for you and your business needs. This will be a comparison between the three most popular communication tools, Slack, Zoom and Microsoft Teams, but which one is best for you? Here is a list of all the apps and what they deliver:
Slack is one of the top three contenders when it comes to collaboration tools for businesses. Slack is a messaging app that connects people in offices. Compared to other collaboration tools in the space, Slack aims most of its resources to have the most efficient messaging service. Slack was created to replace email exchange companies, as email messaging can be slow. By integrating a user-friendly messaging app within businesses, Slack aimed to increase efficiency and workflow.
Slack has a great number of features when thinking about what collaboration tool your business needs. Here is a list of the great features that it offers other than messaging:
- Group video meetings
- Screen and file sharing
- Audio calls
- Secure data encryption
- Create and personalise your user profile
Monthly Price: £12.5 a user
Zoom is by far one of the most well-known communication tools since its large number of users increased in 2019 when hybrid working increased in demand. Zoom is a video communications tool which was founded in 2011. The service concentrated on creating a user-friendly video service over common chat collaboration tools. Although Zoom is aimed at having video chat at its core, it has a great number of other features which can be useful for a business, such as:
- Text chat
- Integrated apps (Integration with Slack)
- Webinars with up to 500 to 50,000 participants
- Conference rooms
- Waiting rooms before meetings make it easier to control meetings and classes
- High customizability (In video and profile page)
- Zoom Phone with VoIP service (Providing cheaper calls)
Monthly Price: £20 a user
Microsoft Teams is part of the Microsoft Suite, integrated within the packages that Microsoft offer. With the high number of users that Microsoft has through the great tools that Office 365 provides, teams have begun increasing user numbers with an average of over 200 million users a day. With these high numbers, there must a reason towards its popularity. Here is a list of all the great features that Microsoft Teams offers to its users:
- Integrated within the Microsoft package (No extra charges)
- VoIP conference calling
- Highest file upload limit of all apps – 15GB
- Third-party app integration
- Two-factor Authentication (Windows Defender Integration)
- Video call recording
- Group chats
- Webinars with up to 10,000 participants
- Large Microsoft Teams groups allow organisations to share files and chat
Conclusion: Microsoft Teams is the Winner!
With the help of collaboration tools, your business can increase efficiency within the workplace, enabling you and your employees to communicate easily between themselves and your clients. Each of these apps offers great tools with various advantages that can greatly benefit your business. With all these options it can be hard to choose from, especially as they are all helpful in their own ways. After a thorough analysis of these three collaboration tools, Microsoft Teams is way ahead of the curve in communication when compared to Zoom and Slack.
Microsoft Teams’ low entry cost makes it a highly sought-after collaboration tool within businesses as licenses may begin being expensive. As many businesses and their employees already have access to Office 365, this essentially makes the service integration free. When compared to other collaboration tools, this can save you a lot of money as Zoom and Slack require licencing fees, which can add up.
This, with the fact that Microsoft has over three decades of experience when it comes to software design makes it a no-brainer when deciding. Microsoft offers constant updates to their software integrated while you use it, so you will not be disturbed when communicating with clients or employees.
Overall, all the tools offered by Zoom and Slack are already integrated within Teams showing that Teams is the best collaboration tool providing the most resources whilst having the most ease-of use through its integration within Office 365.
At Texaport, we understand the importance of these advancements, and we work with our clients to put a reliable system in place to improve their business efficiency. Our team has a wide range of IT knowledge and remains acquainted with the movements in the IT industry. Find out more here.