Effective communication is the backbone of any organisation. Collaboration tools such as Slack and Microsoft Teams aim to remove the need for internal emailing, provide access to instant conversation and boost overall workplace productivity.

Where does collaboration fit in the modern workplace? As we see greater support for remote working and open office plans, the need to create an environment of productivity is challenging. Striking a balance between collaborating with peers and ensuring employees can concentrate on their work is difficult, and is why collaboration platforms such as Slack and Microsoft Teams can be so successful.

Until recently Slack has led the way in the modern workplace as the go-to communication tool, allowing organisations in small businesses and enterprise with the ability to communicate and share files. In 2017, Microsoft entered the market with Microsoft Teams, a communication platform designed as part of its Office365 application package.

If you’re reading this and wondering whether your organisation should continue using Slack or perhaps look towards adopting Microsoft Teams, it’s time to first understand the differences between each platform and which best suits your working environment.

At its core, there exist a lot of similarities between Slack and Microsoft Teams. Both are designed to provide end-users greater flexibilities in internal communication and collaboration with the ability to easily search, chat and share files.

One of the key differences between the two platforms is that Microsoft Teams is sold as a package. As Microsoft Teams integrates with Office365, it is an ideal solution for any organisation that is already working on an Office365 Business subscription.

The Advantages

Microsoft Teams allows its users to host audio, video calls and web conferences that require screen sharing with both employees and people outside the organisation. What’s more, shared content through Microsoft Teams can be easily edited inside the platform. For example, if a colleague sends a Word document through Teams, both the colleague and receiver can edit and work on the document within the platform.

Another benefit of Microsoft Teams is the control it gives to conversations through the use of customisable tabs that are split between Conversations, Files and Activity. General conversation with a colleague can be easily separated from shared files to ensure no important documents become lost in the chat flow.

Cost is another difference where Microsoft Teams provides an advantage over Slack. Both platforms have a free plan for smaller organisations, and both charge $12.50 per user, per month. However, the cost advantage of Microsoft Teams includes access to Office365 applications and services. This includes platforms such as Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive and Skype for Business.