In light of the pandemic outbreak and the change in workplace habits, there was an immediate need to facilitate collaboration through digitization. This would allow for greater productivity and consistency among members of different locations and time zones.
Satya and Bill Gates wanted 8 billion USD to acquire Slack SaaS, a team chat SaaS business. It was an extraordinary meeting. They decided to create their app, instead of buying Slack.
Microsoft Teams was officially launched November 2016, This online collaboration platform brings together Microsoft office365 with team chat and multiple productivity software. Slack and Teams may seem similar at first glance, but they offer many more functionalities.
Microsoft Teams’ daily active users have increased two-fold in the past 12 months, jumping from 75M users in Apr 2020 to 145M users as of April 20,21. Slack is home to more than 12million daily active users. Out of those 9 million, Slack offers a free platform.
Chanty is being built on both these platforms. We actively used them to find out their pros and con’s. Here is our review based upon our team’s firsthand experience.
If Slack or Teams are not your favorite, Chanty will. Chanty is an easy-to-use team chat and collaboration app that’s fast, powerful, and user friendly.
These platforms have been a leader in this space and both offer chat and notifications as well as many other productivity integrations. However, there are some differences.
This page will allow you to compare features and pricing.
Slack vs Microsoft teams: quick facts
Here is a short overview that will help you make your decision.
Teams didn’t have a complimentary plan initially. Microsoft added a free option plan in July 2018 to strengthen its position as Slack competitor.
Slack is much easier to register for and use. Microsoft Teams is better suited for large organizations and businesses. It is thus more difficult to set up and less secure. It also provides additional integrations to Office 365. If this is something you find interesting, however, slack permits a whopping 2000+ Integrations.
Slack vs Microsoft Teams: pricing
Both platforms have free plans. To get the most from Microsoft Teams and Slack it is best to choose one of our paid plans. Microsoft Office Essentials comes with Teams and is the cheapest Office 365 subscription. It costs $4 per month and must be purchased annually to get started.
Slack’s cheapest plan, called Pro, costs $6.67 per person per month and is also charged annually. Microsoft Teams cost $4, and you also get Office 365 access for $4.
Slack, or Microsoft Teams, can both be upgraded for the same $12.50/user per month. Teams comes with Office 365.
Office 365 Business Standard is also available at $12.50 per user per calendar month (billed annually), and it can host up to 10,000 users. This plan also provides online event hosting for 10000 users, file attachments and unlimited storage. This makes this plan a good choice for businesses and larger organisations.
Slack also offers enterprise plans, with 1TB of storage available per user. Slack’s support will provide the pricing details.
If price is a problem, you might want to look at Chaity. It costs just $3 per user per monthly and has advanced features like unlimited messages history, audio and video call support, as well. It’s a much more affordable option than Slack/Microsoft Teams.
Slack vs Microsoft Teams: getting started
Microsoft Teams requires patience and lots of time to get going. It can be very daunting to set up Microsoft Teams. We started from the ground, with no Office 365 subscription.
We started on the Tools page of Microsoft’s website. This page has a sign up form that allows you to download and install the app. It doesn’t matter what plan you choose, the sign-up form still asks for your personal information. This includes your credit card, phone number and email address. Personal email addresses don’t work.