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Team Collaboration Comparison

See how Cisco Webex Teams (formerly Cisco Spark) 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.
All teams in one viewOne 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.
Automatically keep work going anywhereConsistent UI from mobile apps to meeting rooms. Automatically pair user devices with Cisco Webex devices to instantly collaborate on and save whiteboards, control meetings, share screens, and more.No native support/UI on room devices.No native support/UI on room device.
Consistent UI from mobile apps to meeting rooms. Automatically pair user devices with Cisco Webex devices to instantly collaborate on and save whiteboards, control meetings, share screens, and more.No native support/UI on room devices.No native support/UI on room device.
Automatically get whiteboard drawingsUsers paired to a Webex Board automatically receive saved whiteboard drawings.Saving whiteboards takes several manual steps.
Users paired to a Webex Board automatically receive saved whiteboard drawings.Saving whiteboards takes several manual steps.
Add users with any email addressLimitedRequires Office 365 work or school ID, or must add user to host Azure domain.
Requires Office 365 work or school ID, or must add user to host Azure domain.
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.
One-button to push to join meetings on any deviceOne button to push to join support on the app, Cisco Webex devices, even iOS calendar notifications and events.
One button to push to join support on the app, Cisco Webex devices, even iOS calendar notifications and events.
Native audio and video experience in browserUses Web RTC to allow for audio, video, and screen sharing in browsers without requiring a plug-in.Requires plug-inLimitedChrome only with limited features
Uses Web RTC to allow for audio, video, and screen sharing in browsers without requiring a plug-in.Requires plug-inChrome only with limited features
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 meetings
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
Pair and share for local meetingsUsers can pair with Cisco Webex devices for sharing content in local meetings.
Users can pair with Cisco Webex devices for sharing content in local meetings.
Intelligent views for any meetingCisco intelligent views for room devices automatically frame speaker(s) and present best views to remote viewers, even in meetings that interoperate with third-party services.
Cisco intelligent views for room devices automatically frame speaker(s) and present best views to remote viewers, even in meetings that interoperate with third-party services.
Automatic noise suppressionWhen certain non-voice noises are detected, microphone sound is lowered until voices are detected again.
When certain non-voice noises are detected, microphone sound is lowered until voices are detected again.
Meeting room usage informationCisco Webex-enabled video devices can detect and count faces to integrate with resource allocation and operations applications.
Cisco Webex-enabled video devices can detect and count faces to integrate with resource allocation and operations applications.

Enterprise-grade IT features

Always maintain corporate data policiesConfigurable data retention policy, archiving, eDiscovery, and integrations with most top data-loss prevention (DLP) systems, including Cisco Cloudlock.LimitedTeams 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.
Configurable data retention policy, archiving, eDiscovery, and integrations with most top data-loss prevention (DLP) systems, including Cisco Cloudlock.Teams 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.).Can use Hold Your Own Key through Active Directory Rights Management Services, but cannot index or search information.
Install key server on your premises or in a private cloud without losing functionality (e-Discovery, search, etc.).Can use Hold Your Own Key through Active Directory Rights Management Services, but cannot index or search information.
Use cloud services for on-premises meetings overflowMaintain on-premises quality and use Hybrid Media Services to move to the cloud when needed to scale.
Maintain on-premises quality and use Hybrid Media Services to move to the cloud when needed to scale.
Extend your enterprise telephony servicesUse Webex Hybrid Call Service to connect Webex Teams app with your on-prem or partner-managed enterprise telephony capabilities.
Use Webex Hybrid Call Service to connect Webex Teams app with your on-prem or partner-managed enterprise telephony capabilities.
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.