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Zoom vs Microsoft Teams

What is Zoom?

Zoom is currently the leading cloud-based videoconferencing application that enables people to set up live chats – both audio and video. It is primarily used by businessmen to conduct meetings and webinars internally and externally. However, other fields have also started preferring Zoom calls. Classes of schools and colleges, press conferences, etc also take place via the platform. Zoom has a few benefits that make it handy to its users.

Its application is available for desktop or PC (Windows and macOS) and mobile (Android and iOS). This flexibility is one of the plus points it has for its users that they can do their work from wherever they want with their comfort. Talking about using it via smartphone, doesn’t make its users to sacrifice any of the key features like screen sharing, virtual background, etc. The application also gives one-on-one videoconferencing feature like any other normal video call apps.

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What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is chiefly formed as a platform dedicated for business communication which is fully integrated with Microsoft 365 products. Released in 2016, Microsoft Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that enables an organisation to work together and share information despite geographical boundaries. Here, its users can utilise features like document collaboration, team chat, one-on-one chat and other things. As aforementioned that it is integrated with Microsoft 365 services, so it is also linked with Skype, Exchange, Yammer and SharePoint.Like every other normal chatting applications, it has also a feature to interact with emojis or GIFs over chat section. Here messages can be sent privately to a specific user and not in the group. Its Live Events feature has the ability to provide its users to broadcast to 10,000 participants on Teams.

 

Microsoft Teams is available on both Android and iOS with texting, voice conversation or video meetings.

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The main differences between Zoom & Microsoft Teams

1.  Zoom can be integrated with Google Calendar. Whereas, Microsoft Teams is integrated with Outlook Calendar.

2.  Zoom can be used for both external and internal meetings. On the other hand, Microsoft Teams only conducts internal meetings.

3.  Zoom’s interface is easy. Whereas, Microsoft Teams is a bit complex.

4.  Zoom supports Google Chrome browser, whereas Microsoft Teams supports MS Edge and Google Chrome browser both.

5.  With a free package, Zoom provides 40 minutes of the time limit and with a paid package, 24 hours. On the other hand, Microsoft Teams has no time limit.

6.  Zoom allows 100 participants at a time, whereas Microsoft Teams allows 250 participants at a time.

7.  On Zoom, multiple people can share their screen online at        the same time. Whereas on Microsoft Teams, this feature can be configured by the host.

8.  In Zoom, the meeting host gets a feature to mute all the participants and prevent them to unmute them. Whereas, in Microsoft Teams, it allows the host to mute all the participants l, but does not give the option to prevent the participants from unmuting them.

Zoom provides the feature of password to get access in the meeting. Whereas Microsoft Teams does not provide this option.

Comparison Table

 

Parameter of Comparison

Zoom

Microsoft Teams

Primary Use

It is primarily used for video conferencing.

Its is primarily used of team collaboration.

Interface

It is easy to use.

It is slightly difficult to navigate.

Participants

It enables 100 participants at a time.

It enables 250 participants at a time

Time

It gives 40 minutes for a free account and 24 hours for a pro account.

It has no time limit.

Access

Allows the use of meeting password.

It doesn’t provide the feature of setting a password.

Screen Sharing

Multiple people can share their screen at the same time.

Meeting owner/host can configure it.

Background Blur

It does not provide the feature of background blur.

It gives the feature of background blur.

Integration

It is Integrated with Gmail.

It is fully integrated with Microsoft 365.

Meeting Control

It allows muting all participants by providing the option to prevent the participants to unmute them.

It allows muting all participants but does not give the option to prevent the participants from unmuting them.