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Why Teams Is the Best Long-Term Video Collaboration Solution
When the pandemic hit in March, businesses scrambled to set up their employees for remote working without much warning or planning. Many simply turned to technology that was familiar to them. In the case of video conferencing, Zoom was a popular short-term fix.
Zoom is easy to use and the free version allows you to video chat for up to 40 minutes. Zoom has many of the same basic features as other platforms, including video and audio conferencing, chat, screen sharing, whiteboards, and the ability to record meetings.
Now that we’ve moved beyond the initial shock and scramble of Covid, organizations need to think strategically when choosing the most effective, long-term video collaboration solution. From a business perspective, Microsoft Teams is the clear choice.
Teams Was Built to Get Work Done
This is a simple fact that separates Zoom and Teams. From day one, Microsoft designed Teams for business use, whether in the office or working remotely.
Teams is fully integrated with Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365), which provides you with the Windows 10 operating system and popular business apps like Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive in an efficient, cloud-based solution.
This integration allows you to upload, share, and co-author documents, sync files, add meeting notes, schedule meetings, and perform other collaboration functions during the Teams session in the same cloud environment. With Zoom, you have to open files separately on your local device and move them into the Zoom app.
Although Zoom is compatible with most business apps, it isn’t fully integrated with them like Teams is built into Microsoft 365. This integration creates a user experience that’s simple, seamless, and reliable. Big difference.
One major advantage that Microsoft Teams has over Zoom is security. Microsoft has earned certifications (HIPAA, HITECH, SOC 1-3, etc.) that make it compliant with all major industry regulations. All data is encrypted while in transit and at rest, which means Teams conversations are never vulnerable to outside threats. Even Microsoft can’t see its customers’ Teams conversations and data.
You may have heard the term “Zoombombing” in 2020. That’s the name that was given to unwanted disruption or even hijacking of a video conference by an unauthorized user. Businesses, schools, families, and even the government have fallen victim to Zoombombing.
In some cases, such an individual might be looking to steal sensitive information. There have also been reports of using Zoombombing to share content that’s obscene, racist, homophobic, or otherwise inappropriate.
Last year, Zoom came under fire from the FTC for using a lower level of encryption than promised. Zoom eventually reached a settlement in November under the condition that it would implement additional security measures.
To be clear, Zoom will continue to be a fantastic option for virtual networking events and even webinars. But when it comes to getting work done with secure, real-time collaboration, Microsoft Teams is the better long-term video-conferencing solution for businesses.
Teams Is Included with Our Cloud DaaS Solution
Managed Services IT includes Teams licensing in our cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution at no additional cost. Teams is one of many apps, services, and support offerings that are part of a single per-user fee. You can run Teams in the same cloud environment where all other work is done instead of using a separate app for video.
If you’re still using on-premise IT infrastructure, it’s time to consider migration to the cloud. Our DaaS solution will allow your team to enjoy the same desktop environment, user experience, and capabilities working remotely as they do in the office