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Team Collaboration Comparison

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

Cisco Webex Teams

Microsoft Teams

Slack

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Ease of use and design

Bring all your team interactions togetherBy default, all the Webex Teams spaces you’re in–whether created by you, your co-workers, or people outside your organization, exist in a single, easily filtered list.LimitedMust switch accounts when working with different organizations, impacting productivity.LimitedWorkspace owners/admins must create shared channels; users must switch accounts when working with different organizations.
By default, all the Webex Teams spaces you’re in–whether created by you, your co-workers, or people outside your organization, exist in a single, easily filtered list.Must switch accounts when working with different organizations, impacting productivity.Workspace owners/admins must create shared channels; users must switch accounts when working with different organizations.
Search across all workSearch keywords for messages, files, people, and space names across all your spaces, whether created by you, your co-workers, or people outside your organization.LimitedUsers must switch accounts to search when working with different organizations.LimitedSlack Enterprise Grid required to search all organization channels; must switch workspaces to search channels created by external organizations.
Search keywords for messages, files, people, and space names across all your spaces, whether created by you, your co-workers, or people outside your organization.Users must switch accounts to search when working with different organizations.Slack Enterprise Grid required to search all organization channels; must switch workspaces to search channels created by external organizations.
Native white boarding experienceNative in-app whiteboarding with seamless usage on the Webex Board. Broaden support to the Webex DX80 and Room Series devices during Webex Teams meetings.
Native in-app whiteboarding with seamless usage on the Webex Board. Broaden support to the Webex DX80 and Room Series devices during Webex Teams meetings.
Flexible cloud evolutionUse hybrid services to leverage existing on-premises investments such as Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory. Use Jabber with team messaging mode for a blended experience.Must migrate services like Exchange and Sharepoint to the cloud to use Microsoft Teams, and fully migrate users away from Skype for Business in order to get team functionality.
Use hybrid services to leverage existing on-premises investments such as Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory. Use Jabber with team messaging mode for a blended experience.Must migrate services like Exchange and Sharepoint to the cloud to use Microsoft Teams, and fully migrate users away from Skype for Business in order to get team functionality.

Meeting capabilities

Meet with other app users
Enterprise meeting featuresMeeting scheduling, recording, guest lobby, ability to mute others, screen sharing, and more.
Meeting scheduling, recording, guest lobby, ability to mute others, screen sharing, and more.
Join external meetingsStay in Webex Teams and join third-party standards-based SIP meetings with the simple click/touch of a Join button so you can get more done from a single place.
Stay in Webex Teams and join third-party standards-based SIP meetings with the simple click/touch of a Join button so you can get more done from a single place.
Native support for external video usersUp to 100 video users can join each Webex Teams meeting. This includes Cisco video devices, industry-standard SIP devices, and even users of proprietary Skype for Business.Requires third-party provider support, and capacity for devices to join is fixed across all meetings with extra costs for each additional concurrent SIP endpoint.
Up to 100 video users can join each Webex Teams meeting. This includes Cisco video devices, industry-standard SIP devices, and even users of proprietary Skype for Business.Requires third-party provider support, and capacity for devices to join is fixed across all meetings with extra costs for each additional concurrent SIP endpoint.
Simplified meeting scheduling on any deviceSimply add @webex:space to the meeting location field to automatically populate join information, even from native mobile device calendars.
Simply add @webex:space to the meeting location field to automatically populate join information, even from native mobile device calendars.

Meeting room experience

Single experience for hardware, software, servicesOur Webex Teams app and award-winning Webex room and desk devices are designed from the ground up by Cisco for seamless user experiences, IT manageability, and customer support.Meeting room devices are primarily built and supported by third parties.
Our Webex Teams app and award-winning Webex room and desk devices are designed from the ground up by Cisco for seamless user experiences, IT manageability, and customer support.Meeting room devices are primarily built and supported by third parties.
Use existing room devicesJoin Webex Teams meetings from existing SIP devices and enjoy a richer experience from Webex-registered devices with no need for upgrades or additional cost.Must upgrade existing device hardware and software or purchase new devices to support Microsoft Teams meetings.
Join Webex Teams meetings from existing SIP devices and enjoy a richer experience from Webex-registered devices with no need for upgrades or additional cost.Must upgrade existing device hardware and software or purchase new devices to support Microsoft Teams meetings.
Touch-free experience to connect with devicesUsers automatically connect their Webex Teams app on desktop or mobile devices with nearby Webex devices to share screens, join meetings, take meetings to go, and more.Requires interaction with the room system and multiple steps to do things such as join meetings.
Users automatically connect their Webex Teams app on desktop or mobile devices with nearby Webex devices to share screens, join meetings, take meetings to go, and more.Requires interaction with the room system and multiple steps to do things such as join meetings.
Simple whiteboard sharingUsers connected to a Webex Board can instantly receive saved whiteboard in the app.Must log in to apps on Microsoft Surface Hub and share whiteboards in separate tools such as email.
Users connected to a Webex Board can instantly receive saved whiteboard in the app.Must log in to apps on Microsoft Surface Hub and share whiteboards in separate tools such as email.

Meeting quality

Use both cloud and on-premises resourcesWebex Video Mesh delivers the benefits of premises-based video such as high quality and low latency with the benefits and scale of the cloud.
Webex Video Mesh delivers the benefits of premises-based video such as high quality and low latency with the benefits and scale of the cloud.
Maintain quality on congested networksPrioritize business applications with Cisco Fast Lane to whitelist iOS and macOS applications for better performance, even when the network is congested.
Prioritize business applications with Cisco Fast Lane to whitelist iOS and macOS applications for better performance, even when the network is congested.

Embed communications in apps

Embed communications in your appsEmbed voice and video calling, screen sharing, messaging, and more in your iOS, Android, and web apps.
Embed voice and video calling, screen sharing, messaging, and more in your iOS, Android, and web apps.

Security and compliance

Maintain data policy for external teamworkEven if your company's Webex Teams users are working in spaces created by external users, your important data policies, such as eDiscovery and compliance, can be kept in place.Adheres to data policies only for teams created by internal users. Data is no longer discoverable when users share content as a guest in other organizations' channels. Slack adheres to your policy only for content shared in company workspaces. Data is no longer discoverable when users share as a guest in other organizations' workspaces.
Even if your company's Webex Teams users are working in spaces created by external users, your important data policies, such as eDiscovery and compliance, can be kept in place.Adheres to data policies only for teams created by internal users. Data is no longer discoverable when users share content as a guest in other organizations' channels. Slack adheres to your policy only for content shared in company workspaces. Data is no longer discoverable when users share as a guest in other organizations' workspaces.
Complete end-to-end encryptionContent is protected from attacks at rest, in use, and in transit.
Content is protected from attacks at rest, in use, and in transit.
Keep content encryption keys on-premisesDelivering utmost control and security.
Delivering utmost control and security.

Calling capabilities

Industry-leading calling capabilitiesGo beyond native in-app VoIP and SIP calling. Use Cisco's industry-leading enterprise-grade PBX features, IP Phones, and PSTN calling with our cloud or premises calling solutions.
Go beyond native in-app VoIP and SIP calling. Use Cisco's industry-leading enterprise-grade PBX features, IP Phones, and PSTN calling with our cloud or premises calling solutions.