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Microsoft Teams vs Zoom

Online video conferencing is not necessarily something new. It has been around for many years in some shape or form. However, recent global developments, such as the infamous COVID restrictions requiring personnel to work from home, has put extra emphasis on what online conferencing and collaboration tools should bring to the table in terms of features and service.

With working from home becoming the new norm, your business may also be looking to streamline remote conferencing and teamwork, comparing two of the most popular online conferencing solutions out there: Microsoft Teams and Zoom.

Zoom or Teams webinars?

Zoom or Teams

Zoom vs Teams

Host or take part in online webinars or events

Virtual or hybrid events and webinars is where Zoom steals the show. Zoom has upped its game even more during the pandemic and introduced many additional interactive and handy features. With its recently launched Zoom Events product, it now also offers an event hub for multi-session, multi-day events. Microsoft has offered Teams Live Events for some time. It covers the basics, but more development is required. Looking at the roadmap and recent acquisition of Peer5, it seems like Microsoft will beef up its event product soon.

Dail-into a Zoom or Teams video meeting by telephone

At times, you, one of your colleagues or clients may want to join an online video conference by phone. Both Microsoft Teams and Zoom offer dial-in by telephone as a feature. However, Teams require you to have an additional license. Zoom allows you to simply call a number and dial in a specific pincode to join a meeting. If you need such a feature, Zoom is your best bet.

Maximum number of participants Teams vs Zoom

Both Microsoft Teams and Zoom allow up to 1,000 participants to take part in online video conferences. Teams do allow you to exceed this amount, but by view-only. That means those users would not be able to interact with other participants, or have their video on.

Screen and content sharing

Screen and content sharing

Differences between Microsoft Teams and Zoom

Screen and content sharing

Both Microsoft Teams and Zoom allow for content sharing. Zoom offers more advanced features when it comes to sharing. One example is that Zoom allows for sharing multiple screens simultaneously. Participants can choose which screen they would like to see, or use the dual monitor functionality in Zoom to see them at the same time. This is great if you want to do a side-by-side comparison of two content sources.

Flexibility for delegates and co-hosts

If your assistant schedules your meetings or when you have multiple colleagues sharing tasks in organizing a meeting, Zoom will offer you the best flexibility and control options. One example is that both hosts and co-hosts in Zoom can manage break-out rooms, while in Microsoft Teams only the organizer can do this.

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Teams or Zoom, which one do you pick?

As a manager, you are probably wondering which conferencing solution best fits your company. To answer this question, Duppal put together a comparison table. Download it for free, and discuss it with your team at your next meeting.

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