This alternative to Zoom covers the main functions of video conferencing, such as screen sharing, instant messages and file transfer during calls . As with Zoom, the background during calls can be adjusted , for example with the blur option. It is also possible to participate in the meetings by telephone. However, they can currently only display four screens simultaneously. In the paid version, whiteboards can be used as a team and meetings can be recorded.
Each account has up to ten gigabytes of cloud storage for file transfers. Currently, the free version supports up to 250 people per video conference . For long-term use, it is recommended to have a Microsoft account, both for fixed workgroups and for guests. The latter, if they do not have an account with Microsoft yet, must go through a registration process. Invitees without an account can also participate in video conferences through an invitation.
One of the special features of this alternative to Zoom is its integration in the Microsoft 365 cloud . This positively affects work processes and greatly increases productivity. Files can be synchronized and edited in the cloud, and an interface to the SharePoint online tool simplifies the storage, sharing and management of digital company information. A full-featured user management completes the range of services.
In practice, users report that with a weak internet connection, videoconferencing can end suddenly . Due to the high demand due to the coronavirus crisis, this alternative to Zoom also experienced quality losses in both the image and the sound. Microsoft sets priorities and ensures that online and cloud services remain operational in the Microsoft 365 environment, so during peaks of activity, problems can arise for free subscription users.
Also Microsoft Teams has received criticism for its data protection . Despite having committed to the Privacy Shield agreement and the data protection standards, the US company does not make its position clear regarding the US Cloud Act .