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Highlights

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration tool designed to streamline internal communication. Zoom began as a tool dedicated to high-quality video conferencing, but recent updates have added new communication and collaboration features.

Microsoft Teams is a popular choice for businesses that use Office 365 products. It is packaged in with the Office 365 suite and syncs up well with other Microsoft technologies. Zoom is primarily used by companies that need high-quality video conferencing with minimal setup for both employees and external users. Some companies use both Microsoft Teams and Zoom: Microsoft Teams for its chat features and Office 365 integrations, and Zoom for web conferencing.

Microsoft Teams is used mostly by mid-sized companies and large enterprises, likely due to its inclusion with the Office 365 suite. Zoom, on the other hand, is popular with businesses of all sizes, likely due to its low barrier to entry and emerging ubiquity as a go-to video chat solution.

Features

Microsoft Teams and Zoom both provide web conferencing and chat features, but they still have unique distinctions that set them apart from each other.

Microsoft Teams’s collaboration features benefit greatly from the software’s Office 365 integration. For example, multiple users can simultaneously view or edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio files within Microsoft Teams. Recent updates have added more privacy, usability, and administration features to the platform’s video conferencing. Granular lobby control, increased meeting capacity, customizable video backgrounds, improved support for in-browser meetings, and virtual whiteboard tools help make Microsoft Teams a more robust option for remote workplaces and large virtual meetings.

Zoom’s simple, high-quality video and audio conferencing is its core feature. Zoom makes for easy conferencing even with users that are not part of the company account. Zoom also provides features such as multiple screen sharing to support web-based presentations. Recent updates have added more features to round out the software, such as a channel-based chat interface (similar to applications like Slack) and a calendar pane that integrates with both Google and Office 365 calendars.

Limitations

Microsoft Teams and Zoom both provide strong features in their area of expertise, but they also have some limitations that can impact their effectiveness.

Microsoft Teams loses some of its utility if a business is not using the Microsoft suite of office software. This is important to consider as Microsoft Teams also lacks many third-party integrations. Microsoft Teams can also suffer from a clunky UI and a steep learning curve, leading to frustration if users aren’t properly trained on how to use the software.

Zoom has powerful web conferencing features but is missing some of the collaboration features that Microsoft Teams has, such as live document editing. Zoom also experiences some performance issues with international conferences if the connection is less than perfect. Some platforms, such as Chromebook, may be lacking polish or feature parity with other versions of Zoom. Lastly, the free pricing plan for Zoom has a time limit of 40 minutes on group conferences.

Pricing

Both Microsoft Teams and Zoom offer a free version of their software with limited functionality.

Microsoft Teams is included in Office 365, which has three tiers of pricing. The Business Basic tier is $5.00 per user per month and includes a small number of Office services including Teams and SharePoint. The Business Standard plan costs $12.50 per user per month and includes the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.). Lastly, the Office 365 E3 plan costs $20.00 per user per month and includes advanced security protection and support for hosting online events with up to 10,000 attendees. All Microsoft Team’s plans require a one year commitment.

Zoom’s Basic pricing tier is free and allows unlimited one-on-one meetings and 40-minute group meetings with up to 100 participants. The Pro pricing tier costs $15.00 per license per month and allows meetings as long as 24 hours. The Business tier costs $20.00 per license per month and includes custom branding and SSO options, with group meetings of up to 300 participants. Lastly, the Zoom United Business tier costs $30.00 per license per month and requires at least 10 licenses. This plan includes unlimited cloud storage and phone features.

Which is Right For You?

Microsoft Teams is a good choice for organizations that already use the Office 365 suite. Microsoft Teams easily integrates with Microsoft’s office suite of products as well as other software such as SharePoint. Lastly, Microsoft Teams is great for businesses that can make use of the collaboration features such as the live chat function.

Zoom is ideal for businesses that want the best quality audio and video conferencing available. Additionally, Zoom might be preferable for businesses that conference with people outside the company network frequently, as it is simple to set up outside audio/video meetings. Zoom may also be a good choice for small businesses that can make best-use of its free version.

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Teams

Well Suited: Microsoft Teams is well suited if you have to rigorously collaborate with 10 or more colleagues on a daily basis and even share files, calls and calendars. If you are working in a team and almost every time has to rely or need somebody's advice on the work you are doing, then Microsoft Teams will work as bliss for you and you would love the experience throughout.Not Suited: If your Internet connection with low bandwidths and also having computer systems which are not very great at configurations, I would not recommend this piece to software to you. This can make you feel annoyed and at the same time, miserable if you are not able to connect with right people on right time and in turn working on such a slow pace, which otherwise would have been quite fast on light-weight tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

I [suppose] every organization has different needs and based on that they can choose the app that suits them. There are several apps now like Google Meet, Zoho Meetings, Cisco, Teams, etc. Zoom is useful for instant meets and where you don't have a large number of participants. We felt Zoom was more than enough for our work and it could be easily accessed anywhere from any device.
Rakshith Ramesh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Microsoft Teams
7.2
Zoom
Task Management
Microsoft Teams
7.4
Zoom
Gantt Charts
Microsoft Teams
6.3
Zoom
Scheduling
Microsoft Teams
7.6
Zoom
Workflow Automation
Microsoft Teams
6.5
Zoom
Mobile Access
Microsoft Teams
8.6
Zoom
Search
Microsoft Teams
7.9
Zoom
Visual planning tools
Microsoft Teams
6.3
Zoom

Communication

Microsoft Teams
7.7
Zoom
Chat
Microsoft Teams
8.6
Zoom
Notifications
Microsoft Teams
8.0
Zoom
Discussions
Microsoft Teams
8.4
Zoom
Surveys
Microsoft Teams
7.1
Zoom
Internal knowledgebase
Microsoft Teams
6.7
Zoom
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Microsoft Teams
7.5
Zoom
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Microsoft Teams
6.5
Zoom
Integrates with Outlook
Microsoft Teams
9.0
Zoom

File Sharing & Management

Microsoft Teams
8.1
Zoom
Versioning
Microsoft Teams
8.1
Zoom
Video files
Microsoft Teams
8.2
Zoom
Audio files
Microsoft Teams
8.2
Zoom
Document collaboration
Microsoft Teams
8.2
Zoom
Access control
Microsoft Teams
8.0
Zoom
Advanced security features
Microsoft Teams
8.1
Zoom
Integrates with Google Drive
Microsoft Teams
7.3
Zoom
Device sync
Microsoft Teams
8.6
Zoom

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.5
High quality audio
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.8
High quality video
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.9
Low bandwidth requirements
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
7.8
Mobile support
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.6

Screen Sharing

Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.7
Desktop sharing
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
9.2
Whiteboards
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.2

Online Meetings / Events

Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.5
Calendar integration
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.5
Meeting initiation
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.9
Integrates with social media
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
7.7
Record meetings / events
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.9
Slideshows
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.6

Online Events Collaboration

Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.4
Live chat
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.7
Audience polling
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.2
Q&A
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.3

Online Events Security

Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.5
User authentication
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.6
Participant roles & permissions
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.6
Confidential attendee list
Microsoft Teams
Zoom
8.4

Pros

Microsoft Teams

  • It allows all of the documents for a project to be stored on the cloud and updated in real time, instead of on a network drive where changes are more difficult to track.
  • It allows teams to keep their communication and project files centralized, instead of in disparate places.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

  • It just works. Biggest complaint with our previous solution is that it took 10 minutes to connect to a meeting. Now, our users connect instantaneously.
  • Dashboard is fantasitic. Can access real time information to troubleshoot calls.
  • Admin ports offers quite a bit of information. Like that it's a one stop shop to access everything I need to administer the site, users, run reports and access the dashboard.
  • Tickets get resolved quickly.
  • Feature requests are realized quickly.
Diana Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Microsoft Teams

  • A taskbar widget that allows replies from right clicking the taskbar icon.
  • more GIF engines beyond GIPHY, or a native GIPHY interface complete with mood categories.
  • Recent Chats column collapsible to bubbles with initial before disappearing when narrowing the window, similar to Apple iMessage on Mac software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

  • There are a few areas of the Zoom Phone functionality that I feel like need improving, such as the 911-calling capabilities and some of the call center solutions.
  • Some of the ways in which Zoom interacts with other hardware, such as Cisco room kits and Advocor conference systems, leaves a little to be desired. Those that are partnering with Zoom to bring the meeting conference experience to the next level need to have the "bugs worked out" before launching their products.
Charles Browder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Microsoft Teams has really shown how it can assist in this current environment but even without so, it is valuable as a tool to connect with individuals and collaborate on conference schedules.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

Zoom 9.5
Based on 15 answers
We're sticking with Zoom for the foreseeable future--given its compelling feature set, ease of use, and advanced technology, there's just no other competition to be excited about. Plus it's a Gartner-recognized industry leader, so it's a rather easy choice.
Stefan Scherbik | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams 7.3
Based on 29 answers
The user interface is pretty clean. There is a lot of power to it, but it doesn't take long to to get up and running. It is a bit overwhelming the first time you come at it, especially if you're mainly thinking of it as a replacement of Skype for Business instant messaging. It does that great, along with the other features Skype has, such as video/audio calls and meetings, along with screensharing. But it can do so much more. As you get more and more familiar with the tool, it's fairly straightforward to add additional functionality, like document storage, wiki collaboration, and Planner integration, among other things.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

Zoom 9.6
Based on 16 answers
Everything is easy to understand and use, new users need no training. On the flipside there are minor annoyances such as calendar export being cumbersome (need re-auth every time) and also not having recordings shared within a team or forcing people to name them.
Matthew Gardner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft Teams

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zoom

Zoom 10.0
Based on 2 answers
There have been less than a handful of outages during our two years with Zoom, and whenever there was one, an email informing us of the outage went out immediately, and they had the issue resolved shortly thereafter.
Stefan Scherbik | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Microsoft Teams

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zoom

Zoom 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Zoom has among the best performance of any video conference platform, as I've mentioned several times. Besides that, their Chat platform works great, and their back end always runs smooth. It's unfortunate that reporting can now only be done by one month at a time, but nonetheless, it only takes a second to run any kind of Zoom report, whether it's an attendee report, Poll results, a user report, a list of meetings from the past month, etc.
Stefan Scherbik | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams 7.7
Based on 123 answers
Microsoft Teams has a good support and an easy system to find answers. There are also tutorials available for learning the basics of the program which is very helpful. Being able to use the program on computers, tablets and mobile devices is very helpful. The whole Outlook 360 package has a good support network which makes integrating new programs into the office easier
Karen Zelzer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

Zoom 8.0
Based on 30 answers
As I've written before, Zoom makes us feel like we matter and that we're a client rather than a customer. They want us to succeed and they put in the time to make sure that we do. I feel like they're more of a business partner rather than simply a vendor or supplier. They spent a lot of time onboarding with us, giving us demos, helping us get set up, and then giving us follow-up to be sure it's going well.
Kenneth Hess | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Microsoft Teams

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zoom

Zoom 10.0
Based on 14 answers
If you receive any pushback from higher ups, point to any of the various positive reviews like this one. Or show Zoom's excellent Gartner report, or articles describing Zoom's partnership with Sequoia capital. It's not difficult to show how Zoom is a trustworthy industry leader with best-in-class technology.
Stefan Scherbik | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Teams

Personally I'm not a fan of applications that try to do everything. I prefer software that are dedicated to one topic, for instance Adobe PhotoShop is a vast and complex solution for editing images.I think Teams offers comparable quality in terms of audio, video and text chat to software like Skype or Zoom. However, when compared to Jira for planning and Confluence for documentation, Teams doesn't even compete.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

Zoom is more user-friendly than any of these other options. The UI is better looking and easier to understand. Zoom also integrates well with our chosen hardware including Avocor touch screens, Huddly cameras and Shure microphones.
Tanner Lichty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Microsoft Teams

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Zoom

Zoom 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Because the Basic licenses are completely free, and because it's very easy to configure and install Zoom, and because anyone can join Zoom from a link without needing an account, scaling is a Breeze. There are absolutely no roadblocks. My company keeps adding more Zoom Pro license every week since it's so in demand. We were able to convert users from several different platforms onto Zoom with no trouble at all.
Stefan Scherbik | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Microsoft Teams

  • Strong ROI- simple to use, makes inter-office communication simple.
  • Like the ease of use/layout of the iPhone app.
  • Great for video calling, screen shares, audio quality is great - saves time and hassle that can be found with many meeting software services.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Zoom

  • Allowed for us to start meetings at a faster speed especially with its Slack integration.
  • Integration with HubSpot has made it easy to also set up Zoom webinars and sync any contact data within the CRM.
  • Need battery chargers for laptops in a meeting lasting over an hour - drains them fairly quickly.
Christine Austin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Microsoft Teams

Pricing Details

Microsoft Teams

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft Teams Editions & Modules

Edition
Free$0.001
Microsoft 365 Business Basic$5.001
Microsoft 365 Business Standard$12.501
Office 365 E3$20.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details
Discounts are available for non profit organizations.

Zoom

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Zoom Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Virtual H.323/SIP Room Connector49/month
Business19.99/month
    SaaS Edition
    Basic$0
    Pro14.99/month
    Business19.99/month
    Zoom Room Conference Room49/month
    Webinar54.99/month
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      Rating Summary

      Likelihood to Recommend

      Microsoft Teams
      8.2
      Zoom
      9.1

      Likelihood to Renew

      Microsoft Teams
      10.0
      Zoom
      9.5

      Usability

      Microsoft Teams
      7.3
      Zoom
      9.6

      Reliability and Availability

      Microsoft Teams
      Zoom
      10.0

      Performance

      Microsoft Teams
      Zoom
      10.0

      Support Rating

      Microsoft Teams
      7.7
      Zoom
      8.0

      Implementation Rating

      Microsoft Teams
      Zoom
      10.0

      Scalability

      Microsoft Teams
      Zoom
      10.0

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