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Slack vs Teams

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

What application will enhance, streamline, and drive communication in your organization?


The Microsoft 365 platform seems to have a tool to fill every productivity need. Teams is Microsoft’s versatile communication platform that competes with Slack, the best-known point solution in the “Work Messenger” market. Explore the differences between the two, their strengths, and determine the solution that enhances collaboration in your organization.

Slack

Teams

Winner

Integrations

over 2,400 integrations

over 1,800 integrations

Slack

Video Conferencing

Does not offer video conferencing with free plans. (only 1:1 calls)

Free Teams will support video for up to 100 people.

Teams

Security, Regulatory and Compliance

Almost anyone can start a workspace, which can lead to trouble (users not following guidelines).

Integrated with Microsoft security products that ensure compliance needs.

Teams

User Experience

Simple interface with a focus on UX.

More detailed features, which leads to a steeper learning curve.

Slack

The Rise of Slack

In February of 2014, Slack was released to the public and had 8,000 customers sign up in the next 24 hours. 18 months later, the company reported they were signing up 10,000 new customers a week. Two years after that, Slack reached 1,000,000 daily active users. As of April of 2023, Slack reported over 20,000,000 daily active users. Slack is now owned by Salesforce and was purchased in 2021.


The Rise of Teams

Microsoft had messaging plans of its own. They announced Teams in November of 2016 and launched it to the public in March of 2017. Teams is part of the Microsoft 365 and Office 365 platforms, emphasizing the connectivity across its apps. In the first year, Teams had 2,000,000 daily active users which has grown to 280,000,000 daily active users in 2023.


How Much Does Teams Cost?

Teams has free and paid versions available. The free version of Teams is included with the purchase of Microsoft 365.

For Business

Microsoft Teams Essentials

Microsoft 365 Business Basic

Microsoft 365 Business Standard

Cost per user per month

$4

$6

$12.50

Storage

10 GB

1TB

1 TB plus premium features and webinar hosting capabilities


For Home/Individual User

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Personal

Microsoft Family

Cost per user per month

Free

$6.99 or $69.99 a year

$9.99 or $99.99 a year

Storage

5 GB

1 TB

6 TB


How Much Does Slack Cost?

Slack is a “freemium” product meaning you can start for free. The free plan keeps messages for 90 days, but has limited integrations.

Slack

Free

Pro

Busines +

Enterprise Grid

Cost per user per month

Free

$7.25

$12.50

Varies depending on organization and # of users

Access to past messaging

90 days

Unlimited- full chat history

Unlimited- full chat history, plus 24/7

Unlimited-Full chat history, enterprise security and compliance features

Video Calling

1:1

Up to 50 people

Up to 50, but 100,00 users can be on a chat channel

Up to 50, but 100,00 users can be on a chat channel

The Many Integrations of Teams

Teams offers over 1,800 integrations including Salesforce, Box, Trello and Adobe. You can write your own integrations with Teams using a traditional development platform (Java, .Net, React, etc.), or one of the Microsoft No-Code solutions such as Power Automate or Power Apps.


Slack Integrations and Endless Possibilities

Slack offers more than 2,400 integrations including Salesforce, Google Workspace, Box and Microsoft. You can write your own integrations with the same development platforms or the Slack Workflow Builder for a No-Code solution.


Video Conferencing within Teams

The free version of Teams will support video calls for up to 100 people. The paid version will support up to 1,000 users. Meetings support recordings, closed captions, and translation. Support for up to 10,000 attendees is possible but only the first 1,000 will be able to share video and audio.


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