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Team Collaboration Comparison

See how Cisco Webex Teams stacks up against other vendors’ team collaboration products.

Cisco Webex Teams (formerly Cisco Spark)

Microsoft Teams

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Teamwork

End-to-end encryptionEncrypts messages, files, and whiteboards from your device to theirs, and everywhere in between–even when it's being processed (data in use). This makes attempted attacks or intercepts useless.
Encrypts messages, files, and whiteboards from your device to theirs, and everywhere in between–even when it's being processed (data in use). This makes attempted attacks or intercepts useless.
Collaboration from a single placeOne list includes all the teams or spaces you’re in–whether built by you, your co-workers, or people outside your organization.LimitedMust manually switch accounts to see each team that is outside your organization.LimitedMust manually create shared workspaces or switch tabs to see all the workspaces and channels of which you are a member.
One list includes all the teams or spaces you’re in–whether built by you, your co-workers, or people outside your organization.Must manually switch accounts to see each team that is outside your organization.Must manually create shared workspaces or switch tabs to see all the workspaces and channels of which you are a member.
Search across all workSearch keywords, messages, and people across all your spaces.LimitedSearch only for the account you're in.LimitedSearch only across your own company's teams when using Slack Grid.
Search keywords, messages, and people across all your spaces.Search only for the account you're in.Search only across your own company's teams when using Slack Grid.
Seamless white boarding experience on any device, anytimeUse the whiteboard activity to sketch ideas with others whether or not you’re meeting from virtually any device: iOS, macOS, Windows, Android and the Webex Board. Extend white boarding support during meetings to a broad range of cloud-registered Cisco video devices, including the Webex DX80 and Room Series.The Microsoft Teams app does not include native white boarding capabilities.
Use the whiteboard activity to sketch ideas with others whether or not you’re meeting from virtually any device: iOS, macOS, Windows, Android and the Webex Board. Extend white boarding support during meetings to a broad range of cloud-registered Cisco video devices, including the Webex DX80 and Room Series.The Microsoft Teams app does not include native white boarding capabilities.
Allow everyone to fully participateAnyone who is added to a space by a Webex Teams user can fully contribute to the teamwork for enhanced team productivity with messaging, file sharing, white boarding, meetings, VoIP calling, app integrations, and more, without the need for any license entitlement.LimitedMicrosoft users need to have a licensed Office365 account (work or school) or have a license provided by the administrator in order to fully contribute.Guests obtain automatic access to all channels and messages across the entire team, regardless of the space to which they were invited.
Anyone who is added to a space by a Webex Teams user can fully contribute to the teamwork for enhanced team productivity with messaging, file sharing, white boarding, meetings, VoIP calling, app integrations, and more, without the need for any license entitlement.Microsoft users need to have a licensed Office365 account (work or school) or have a license provided by the administrator in order to fully contribute.Guests obtain automatic access to all channels and messages across the entire team, regardless of the space to which they were invited.
Embed workspaces in third-party applicationsDevelopers can use Webex Teams widgets to quickly embed messaging and calling in third-party apps, or customize with a full set of APIs and SDKs.LimitedAPIs and SDKs only
Developers can use Webex Teams widgets to quickly embed messaging and calling in third-party apps, or customize with a full set of APIs and SDKs.APIs and SDKs only
Integrate capabilities within mobile applicationsSDKs for iOS and Android
SDKs for iOS and Android

Meetings

Democratized meeting capabilitiesAnyone in a space can schedule, start, record, mute others, and admit guests–no need to rely on a single host to get work done.
Anyone in a space can schedule, start, record, mute others, and admit guests–no need to rely on a single host to get work done.
Screen share from iOS and Android devices
Everyone can view meeting RSVPsOnly available for host
Only available for host
Join external meetingsStay right in the app to simply join or host your Webex meetings and SIP-based meetings.
Stay right in the app to simply join or host your Webex meetings and SIP-based meetings.
Support external video usersSkype for Business and standards-based SIP users can join meetings.
Skype for Business and standards-based SIP users can join meetings.
Preview participant listsSee who is participating in meetings before you join.During meetings onlyDuring meetings only
See who is participating in meetings before you join.During meetings onlyDuring meetings only
Native calendar integration for schedulingSupport for Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, and Google Calendar without download or plug-in: Simply add text to the Location field on any device.Requires plug-ins or downloads
Support for Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, and Google Calendar without download or plug-in: Simply add text to the Location field on any device.Requires plug-ins or downloads
Record meetingsCurrently in preview.
Currently in preview.
Embed communications in third-party applicationsVoice and video calling, screen sharing, and more
Voice and video calling, screen sharing, and more

Purpose-built collaboration devices

Use third-party USB cameras
Single experience for hardware, software, servicesIn addition to the Webex Board, Webex Teams is compatible with award-winning Cisco desk and room devices for advantages such as automatic pairing for wireless meeting controls, consistent user interface on all devices, streamlined feature updates, and unified support.Microsoft Surface Hub and room devices do not natively support Microsoft Teams
In addition to the Webex Board, Webex Teams is compatible with award-winning Cisco desk and room devices for advantages such as automatic pairing for wireless meeting controls, consistent user interface on all devices, streamlined feature updates, and unified support.Microsoft Surface Hub and room devices do not natively support Microsoft Teams
Native app proximity support for local meetingsPair the Webex Teams app on your device with any cloud-registered Webex device to wirelessly share content. No cables or complicated steps to make it work, and virtually any HD display is supported.The Microsoft Teams app does not natively support proximity services for local meetings, which means that users must use additional apps and/or hardware for wireless sharing.
Pair the Webex Teams app on your device with any cloud-registered Webex device to wirelessly share content. No cables or complicated steps to make it work, and virtually any HD display is supported.The Microsoft Teams app does not natively support proximity services for local meetings, which means that users must use additional apps and/or hardware for wireless sharing.
Native app proximity support for virtual meetingsPair the app with any cloud-registered Webex device to start and control meetings, share your screen and even take the meeting with you.The Microsoft Teams app does not natively support proximity services for virtual meetings, which means that users cannot just walk into a room with a purpose built collaboration device and automatically use it for their Microsoft Teams meeting.
Pair the app with any cloud-registered Webex device to start and control meetings, share your screen and even take the meeting with you.The Microsoft Teams app does not natively support proximity services for virtual meetings, which means that users cannot just walk into a room with a purpose built collaboration device and automatically use it for their Microsoft Teams meeting.
Intelligent views for any meetingIn a Webex team meeting with Cisco video devices, users benefit from intelligent views which automatically frame speaker(s) and present best views to remote viewers, so everyone feels like they have a front row seat.
In a Webex team meeting with Cisco video devices, users benefit from intelligent views which automatically frame speaker(s) and present best views to remote viewers, so everyone feels like they have a front row seat.

Enterprise-grade IT features

Use cloud services to extend the capacity of your on-premises meetingsWith Webex Video Mesh, there is no need to worry about capacity planning. Automatically and dynamically add scale by extending meetings to the cloud, while maintaining the high quality and low latency you are used to from traditional on-premises solutions. And keep costs under control with optimized cloud bandwidth management from each of your meeting locations. All of these capabilities are supported dynamically from all your global locations, not just one central office, and are all part of the Video Mesh solution
With Webex Video Mesh, there is no need to worry about capacity planning. Automatically and dynamically add scale by extending meetings to the cloud, while maintaining the high quality and low latency you are used to from traditional on-premises solutions. And keep costs under control with optimized cloud bandwidth management from each of your meeting locations. All of these capabilities are supported dynamically from all your global locations, not just one central office, and are all part of the Video Mesh solution
Always maintain corporate data policiesEven if your company's Webex Teams users are working with people outside your company, your important data policies, such as eDiscovery and compliance, are kept in placeTeams adheres to your policy only for messages and files shared by internal users. Data is no longer discoverable when users share content as a guest in another organization’s channels.
Even if your company's Webex Teams users are working with people outside your company, your important data policies, such as eDiscovery and compliance, are kept in placeTeams adheres to your policy only for messages and files shared by internal users. Data is no longer discoverable when users share content as a guest in another organization’s channels.
Store content encryption keys on-premises without functionality lossInstall key server on your premises or in a private cloud without losing functionality (e-Discovery, search, etc.).
Install key server on your premises or in a private cloud without losing functionality (e-Discovery, search, etc.).
Improve application QoSPrioritize applications with Fast Lane to whitelist iOS and MacOS applications for better performance even when the network is congested.
Prioritize applications with Fast Lane to whitelist iOS and MacOS applications for better performance even when the network is congested.
Mobile pin lock enforcementLimitedRequires MDM bundle.
Requires MDM bundle.