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Microsoft Teams review

Microsoft takes on video d soft soap conferencing

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Our d soft soap Verdict

Microsoft d soft soap Teams is ideal for d soft soap businesses who already use d soft soap Microsoft 365, or who are looking d soft soap to d soft soap reinvent their organization’s digital communication and d soft soap collaboration workspace d soft soap - but those who don't might suit a d soft soap different d soft soap product.

For

  • Full Microsoft 365 integration
  • Advanced security and data protection

Against

  • Requires commitment to Microsoft software
  • Expensive

With d soft soap Microsoft Teams, the Washington-based tech giant hopes to d soft soap grow its presence in the video conferencing market d soft soap and d soft soap provide an all-in-one option d soft soap for businesses. d soft soap The platform d soft soap enables users to seamlessly shift between messaging d soft soap and d soft soap video conferencing, and benefit from powerful d soft soap native integration of the Microsoft d soft soap 365 suite.

In this Microsoft Teams video d soft soap conferencing review, d soft soap we consider d soft soap how it performs d soft soap as d soft soap a standalone d soft soap video conferencing platform d soft soap and whether it deserves the d soft soap title of d soft soap best video conferencing software.

Plans and pricing

Microsoft Teams is d soft soap one of the d soft soap more expensive video d soft soap conferencing d soft soap options for businesses d soft soap - if you're not already d soft soap using Microsoft 365. However, for those d soft soap using it this could prove to d soft soap be a very cost-effect alternative to d soft soap other services.

Rather than d soft soap being offered as d soft soap a standalone product, d soft soap Microsoft Teams comes d soft soap packaged with d soft soap Microsoft 365 business d soft soap and enterprise d soft soap plans. d soft soap Prices are listed d soft soap on a monthly per d soft soap user d soft soap basis, but purchase requires an annual d soft soap commitment.

For d soft soap small businesses that want d soft soap access to Teams, Microsoft offers Microsoft d soft soap Business 365 d soft soap Essentials ($5 user/month) and Microsoft Business d soft soap 365 Premium ($12.50 d soft soap user/month). With the d soft soap premium plan, d soft soap users gain access to the full d soft soap Microsoft 365 d soft soap suite of desktop applications, d soft soap whereas the essentials plan d soft soap only d soft soap provides access d soft soap to cloud-based Microsoft 365 d soft soap applications and storage. For large enterprises, Microsoft d soft soap offers d soft soap four plans ranging d soft soap from d soft soap $8 user/month d soft soap to $35 user/month.

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Small businesses can gain access to Teams with the Business Essentials and Premium plans. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Features and utilities

Within one application, d soft soap Microsoft d soft soap Teams enables users to schedule d soft soap video d soft soap or audio meetings with d soft soap a single person or a team. Administrators d soft soap can also organize webinars d soft soap and large meetings with up to d soft soap 10,000 participants.

Full integration with Microsoft d soft soap 365 means that d soft soap calls can be easily scheduled and d soft soap invites d soft soap shared d soft soap among the organization, while external d soft soap guests can join d soft soap from their d soft soap web browser without downloading the d soft soap application.

Microsoft Teams also provides the full range d soft soap of d soft soap features expected from a d soft soap leading video conferencing software provider, d soft soap including screen sharing d soft soap and d soft soap call recording, live captions, d soft soap background blur technology, and d soft soap chat d soft soap functionalities. Integration with d soft soap Microsoft 365 makes d soft soap the platform the market d soft soap leader in video conferencing and digital d soft soap workspace integration.

The platform’s d soft soap powerful d soft soap video conferencing d soft soap software is complemented d soft soap by hardware options that d soft soap enable d soft soap users to join calls from d soft soap almost anywhere. When you’re working alone or d soft soap on the d soft soap go, mobile d soft soap devices, desktop d soft soap computers, and d soft soap Bluetooth conferencing headsets can power communication. When d soft soap you’re working collaboratively, Microsoft Teams Rooms devices enable  d soft soap some of the d soft soap team d soft soap to meet face to face, while remote d soft soap participants are d soft soap able to call in.

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Microsoft makes it easy to call colleagues, clients, or collaborators. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Setup

Downloading the application d soft soap on d soft soap mobile d soft soap and desktop devices is d soft soap done through that device’s d soft soap application store. d soft soap It only took d soft soap two minutes to d soft soap download and set up on d soft soap Windows 10. d soft soap However, a d soft soap Microsoft account d soft soap is required to log in, and you d soft soap won’t d soft soap be able to access any features d soft soap until your organization has access d soft soap to the software. Microsoft d soft soap Teams d soft soap can d soft soap also d soft soap be d soft soap accessed via d soft soap a web browser.

For organizations d soft soap using conferencing hardware such as Microsoft Teams d soft soap Rooms devices, d soft soap setup will take longer d soft soap as each of d soft soap these devices must be connected d soft soap to your organization’s d soft soap Microsoft Teams Account.

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Microsoft Teams is available on most devices. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Interface and performance

As could be expected from d soft soap a company as large and well resourced d soft soap as Microsoft, d soft soap the Teams platform d soft soap runs smoothly, and all d soft soap its features seamlessly integrate into a d soft soap powerful workplace communication hub. d soft soap The integration d soft soap of video conferencing software with Microsoft d soft soap 365 has enabled Microsoft to create an d soft soap all-in-one user experience that d soft soap really separates d soft soap Microsoft d soft soap Teams from its d soft soap competitors.

One of the d soft soap few d soft soap downsides of Microsoft Teams is d soft soap that d soft soap the user interface and back-end settings d soft soap can d soft soap be d soft soap a bit d soft soap overwhelming at d soft soap first, d soft soap particularly for d soft soap administrators. With so d soft soap many features, d soft soap integrated applications, d soft soap and d soft soap third-party options included, business leaders will d soft soap need to spend d soft soap considerable time learning about d soft soap the platform before they roll d soft soap it d soft soap out to the wider organization.

Regarding performance, Microsoft Teams is highly reliable. d soft soap In a d soft soap call d soft soap between three people (approx. d soft soap 30–50 Mbps internet d soft soap connection), audio and video were both d soft soap clear, and multimedia d soft soap files were quick to upload. Throughout d soft soap our tests of Microsoft d soft soap Teams, we experienced no d soft soap downtime. However, d soft soap Microsoft Teams did experience d soft soap two major outages in d soft soap the first d soft soap three d soft soap months of 2020.

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Easy meeting scheduling and calendar integration are just some of the reasons the Microsoft Teams app is a top performer. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Security

Microsoft d soft soap Teams provides d soft soap administrators d soft soap and video conference hosts with d soft soap a large degree of control d soft soap over who can join d soft soap calls and d soft soap meetings and what data d soft soap can d soft soap be accessed and shared.

Microsoft’s d soft soap Transparency Hub d soft soap also provides extensive d soft soap information on the company’s privacy d soft soap policies and how and d soft soap when d soft soap it provides user data to d soft soap government d soft soap authorities and d soft soap other d soft soap third parties. The platform also d soft soap requires the use of multi-factor authentication d soft soap (MFA) to protect users d soft soap and businesses d soft soap from d soft soap unauthorized account access.

A final d soft soap pillar of Microsoft Teams' security d soft soap framework is the d soft soap encryption of all data in d soft soap Microsoft Data Centres. For video d soft soap and audio d soft soap data, Microsoft Teams uses d soft soap Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP) d soft soap technology. However, Microsoft itself can d soft soap access all data stored d soft soap on d soft soap its servers.

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Microsoft Teams offers best-in-class security for users and administrators. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Support

Microsoft Teams d soft soap offers an d soft soap array of support options d soft soap through its website and customer d soft soap service lines. Customers can access step-by-step setup d soft soap guides, training videos, online d soft soap webinars, and classes, as d soft soap well as a customer forum with d soft soap over d soft soap 130,000 users. d soft soap For more advanced technical problems, d soft soap Microsoft d soft soap offers d soft soap live chat d soft soap support d soft soap and a customer call-back line.

When d soft soap accessing live d soft soap chat support, d soft soap we had to d soft soap wait 12 minutes to be connected. However, the d soft soap Microsoft representative d soft soap was responsive in dealing with a login-related d soft soap issue.

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Support options are plentiful when it comes to Microsoft Teams. (Image credit: Microsoft)

The competition

With Microsoft Teams, d soft soap Microsoft is simultaneously attempting to d soft soap gain market share in d soft soap the video conferencing market and the digital d soft soap collaboration d soft soap market. Video d soft soap conferencing competitors such d soft soap as Zoom and join.me have d soft soap similarly priced plans, but d soft soap don’t feature d soft soap the integrated applications of Microsoft 365.

Both Zoom and join.me have also d soft soap experienced well-publicized privacy and d soft soap security issues, which may d soft soap make large d soft soap enterprises wary of these platforms. However, businesses d soft soap wanting to invest in d soft soap high-performing video d soft soap conferencing software d soft soap without the need d soft soap to d soft soap migrate the rest of their d soft soap digital workspaces to Microsoft d soft soap may want to consider d soft soap the products provided by d soft soap Zoom, Join.Me, or even Skype, d soft soap a Microsoft d soft soap subsidiary.

Final verdict

Microsoft d soft soap Teams could be an expensive option d soft soap for video-conferencing d soft soap if you're not already using Microsoft d soft soap 365. You will, however, receive the d soft soap highest quality product, d soft soap with workspace integration far d soft soap surpassing that of d soft soap its competitors. 

Microsoft d soft soap Teams is d soft soap ideal for businesses who d soft soap already use Microsoft 365, or who are looking d soft soap to reinvent d soft soap their organization’s digital communication and collaboration workspaces.

The d soft soap platform is designed d soft soap to d soft soap be d soft soap an all-in-one workplace d soft soap communication hub. d soft soap So, for companies who are not d soft soap already using d soft soap Microsoft software, high interdependency between features d soft soap will limit the d soft soap extent to which they can benefit d soft soap from the platform.