Zoom vs. Microsoft Teams for Video Conferencing
Posted By: Ryan Richardson - 5/6/2020 12:00:00 AM

This week we are comparing Zoom video conferencing to the video conferencing feature in Microsoft Teams. Both platforms share helpful features, such as the ability to raise your hand, chat in a sidebar during the conference, and use backgrounds or background blur. However, there are still specific situations where either Zoom or Teams may be a better fit for a specific situation. For that reason, many organizations use both tools, rather than committing to one or the other. Let’s take a look at what these differences are and when they should be considered.

If you’re planning a meeting with a group exceeding 9 people, Zoom might be a better platform. The main reason Zoom is preferred in larger meeting scenarios is because it allows you to view all participants' video feeds in a gallery view, showing up to 49 people per page, wherein teams, you’re only able to see the 9 most active participants at a time.

Given its ease of guest access and wide familiarity, Zoom can also be a good choice for external use with customers or vendors. However, there are certain scenarios where the security and compliance offered by Zoom may not be up-to-par.

Anytime you discuss confidential information, personal health information, or have compliance standards that you need to meet, Microsoft Teams provides the security and compliance that you need. For these reasons, Teams is a safe bet for internal meetings within departments. 

One final consideration is time limits. Any time you expect a meeting to exceed 40 minutes, Teams will be preferable. Zoom has a 40-minute time limit on the free version of their software, whereas Teams has no time limit and is included in your 365 license as a runbiz™ customer.

It’s important to remember that Teams is much more than just internal audio and video calls. You can learn more about the robust functionality of teams and access our self-implantation guide at www.run.biz/teams.