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Microsoft Teams vs Zoom

At many levels Microsoft Teams and Zoom compete with each other. In the current situation, digital workplace requires a high end collaboration and communication application which can provide the basic needs along with app integration feature with Enterprise level protection.

Microsoft Teams vs Zoom

In the wake of the apocalyptic outbreak, many organizations have been forced to institute quarantine, lockdowns, and work from home. This has increased the usage of video-based chat applications and services across the globe. The world has gone digital and in this situation, the race to deliver the best in market application to fulfill the needs like in-person visits and organizing conferences in the virtual world is at its peak. 


Many companies have many products for the same whereas two of the most popular choices are Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Either for a brainstorming session with coworkers or attending classes for the semester, these two video chat and conference apps are fighting for the top position. 


Microsoft Teams 


Any organization with a subscription of Microsoft Office 365, will have access to Teams. This is currently the world's number one video and chat-based application of the OEM replacing Skype (for Business). Microsoft Teams allows us to talk directly to any specific members or even in group channels. 


Zoom


Zoom video application is a single product of the OEM Zoom Video Communications Inc which rapidly came to the light. It is easy and free to sign up in Zoom as it requires either a Google or Facebook id. 


Features 


Product

Microsoft Teams

Zoom



Price

Microsoft Teams is a part of O365 plans

O365 Business Essentials

O365 Business Premium

O365 Enterprise E1

O365 Enterprise E3

O365 Enterprise E5 


Zoom has 4 plans:

Basic- Free

Pro- $14.99 /month/person 

Business - $19.99 /month/ person (minimum 10 hosts) 

Enterprise - $19.99 /month /person (minimum 100 hosts) 

Participants

250 participants in 1 video conference

100,300 and 500 participants as per the paid versions respectively

The free version can host upto 100 participants 

Limitations

No such Limitations related to video duration 

The free version has a limitation of 40 mins

The paid version has a limitation of 24hrs

Integration

Microsoft Teams can be integrated with 268+ application and also custom made applications 

Zoom has Skype for Business interoperability 

Security 

Microsoft Teams have security features same as that of Microsoft Exchange 

Zoom has SSL encryption and AES 256 bits encryption 


Although for the recent security issues that have come up in limelight, privacy experts have shown concern over the video conference software privacy risk and hacking vulnerability and also zoo bombing (where uninvited attendees can break into and disrupt meetings). The New York City Department of Education recently revealed that the school teachers are asked to switch from Zoom to Microsoft Teams while the security threats are being addressed by the company. 


There are many ways in which one can increase the security of the zoom meetings. Keeping the hurdles aside, both Microsoft Teams and Zoom have their own pros and in no doubt one of the best applications to use for the organization while working from home. 




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