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Feature Comparison: Zoom, Teams, and Skype for Business

Quick Links: Online Classroom and Training Webinars I Online Meetings and Conferences  I Office Chat 

Overview

Zoom Video Conferencing, Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft Skype for Business are all powerful tools that combine real-time chat, content sharing, and video. Each has its unique strengths. For example, Zoom is better suited for online teaching, whereas Teams is a great fit for large, collaborative projects. 

Review the tables below to help determine which solution best meets your needs.  

Online Classroom and Training Webinars

Function

Zoom

Skype

Teams

Virtually Raise Hand Yes No No
Breakout Sessions No No No
Collaborative Tools Yes Yes Yes
Chat with Classmates/Attendees Yes Yes Yes
Number of Participants 500 250 250
Video Sharing Hosts & Panelists Yes Yes
File Transfer No Yes Yes
Recording  Local or Cloud Local Cloud
Automatic closed captioning No No Yes
Q&A Tool Yes Chat Chat
Breakout Rooms Yes No No

Online Meetings and Conferences

Function

Zoom

Skype

Teams

Number of Participants 300 250 250
Number of Participants (For Faculty Hosts) 500 250 250
Phone Conf Bridge Included Yes Yes Yes
Audio/Video Calls Yes Yes Yes
Breakout Sessions Yes No No
Screen Sharing Yes Yes Yes
Lobby / Waiting room Yes Yes Yes
Video Background Blur Custom Background No Blur
Guest join Yes Via app Via browser
Video Sharing All Participants Presenters Presenters
File transfer Yes Yes Yes
Chat Yes Yes Yes
Recording Local or Cloud Local Cloud
Outlook Calendar integration Future feature Yes Yes
Live captioning No No Yes
Remote Control Yes Yes Yes
Breakout Rooms Yes No No
Q&A Tool No Chat Chat

Office Chat

Function

Zoom

Skype

Teams

Instant Messaging Yes Yes Yes
Persistent Instant Messaging 2 years No Unlimited
Public Group chat Yes No Yes
File transfer via chat Yes Yes Yes
Screen Sharing Yes Yes Yes
Whiteboard Yes No Yes
Audio/Video Calls Yes Yes Yes