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Flowdock vs Microsoft Teams: What are the differences?

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  1. Integration Capabilities: Flowdock offers a wide range of integrations with various tools and services, making it easy to connect with other platforms seamlessly. On the other hand, Microsoft Teams provides deep integration with other Microsoft products such as Outlook, SharePoint, and OneDrive, allowing for a more cohesive experience within the Microsoft ecosystem.

  2. Customization Options: Flowdock allows users to customize the interface with different themes, emojis, and notifications preferences to suit their preferences. In contrast, Microsoft Teams offers a higher level of customization with features like creating custom tabs, adding connectors, and integrating third-party apps directly into the platform.

  3. Collaboration Features: Flowdock focuses on streamlining communication through chat, threads, and shared inbox features, offering a more focused approach to collaboration. In contrast, Microsoft Teams provides a broader range of collaboration tools including document sharing, real-time co-authoring, and video conferencing, making it a more comprehensive platform for teamwork.

  4. Security and Compliance: Flowdock ensures data security through encryption and access controls, but it may not provide advanced compliance features required by highly regulated industries. Microsoft Teams, being part of the Microsoft 365 suite, offers advanced security measures, compliance features, and data loss prevention capabilities to meet the stringent requirements of corporate environments.

  5. File Storage and Management: Flowdock does not offer built-in file storage capabilities and relies on integrations with services like Google Drive or Dropbox for file management. On the other hand, Microsoft Teams provides native file storage and sharing options within the platform, making it more convenient for users to store, access, and collaborate on files.

  6. Scalability and Enterprise Readiness: Flowdock is well-suited for small to medium-sized teams looking for a simple and intuitive communication platform. In contrast, Microsoft Teams is designed for scalability and enterprise use, offering features like multi-factor authentication, advanced analytics, and enterprise-grade security to support large organizations with complex communication needs.

In Summary, Flowdock and Microsoft Teams differ in integration capabilities, customization options, collaboration features, security measures, file storage capabilities, and scalability, catering to different user needs and organizational requirements.
Decisions about Flowdock and Microsoft Teams

As it is the communication tool chosen for the course, our team will be using Slack to monitor the course announcements from our instructor as well as to communicate with the instructor and industry partners. The tool for communicating within the team will be Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams enables the team to share documents and edit them synchronously(Google Drive is not an option due to one team member's location). Since it also provides a group chat feature, we chose to use it as our communication tool to avoid using too many softwares.

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Hirotaka Ishihara
Undergrad at University of Toronto · | 3 upvotes · 179.2K views

Communication We have chosen two tools for our team communication.

  • Slack

We choose Slack since all of us are familiar with this communication tool. We have a private channel for our team Sphinx for text messages. We added Github apps inside our private channel for repo update notifications. Furthermore, we could contact the subject matter experts within the workspace DCSIL directly for the issues we meet.

  • Microsoft Teams

We use Microsoft Teams for virtual meetings for its fast connection speed. In addition, the call feature in Slack is a paid feature, and we could have virtual meetings and share screens for free in Microsoft Teams.

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Mohammad Hossein Amri
Chief Technology Officer at Planally · | 3 upvotes · 245.2K views

we were using slack and at the same time we had a subscription with office 365. after a while we hit the slack free limitation quota. and it got annoying. the search ability was useless in free tier. and more annoying whenever you search, it opens a webpage and doesn't do it in the app.

on mobile there were many cases that I didn't get notification of important discussions. rooms was the way to separate a talk. but it become tedious. each time for a new subject that you wanted to discuss, you needed to add all the team members into a new room. and after a while the room goes silent. you will end up with a tons of not-in-use rooms that you don't want to clean up them for history purposes. also the slack UI for sub discussion is very stupid. if someone forget to check the checkbox to post the subdiscussion in the main discussion thread, other team members even won't notice such discussion is in progress.

we was paying for office 365 and thought why not give the teams a shot. we won't be in worth situation than we are. we moved to teams and we loved it instantly, we had a separate tab aggregated all the files upload. we could reply on other talk. no need of creating a new room. this way room belongs to a team and not a certain topic. our sub discussion was visible to the whole team. enjoyed integration with azure and unlimited history. the best part was integration with outlook. it was a full suit solution. our stats become busy on outlook meeting events. we get weekly analyse. we didn't need to host our wiki seperated. we've created wiki per team. the communication was much more fun.

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Pros of Flowdock
Pros of Microsoft Teams
  • 34
    Threaded chat
  • 30
    Simpler integrations than others, team inbox = awesome
  • 18
    Great interface
  • 17
    Extremely easy to manage multiple conversations
  • 15
    Powerful Search and Tagging Architecture
  • 15
    Team Inbox
  • 12
    Email and RSS integration for apps w no API
  • 9
    See what the team is actually working on
  • 5
    Comment on anything you see or do
  • 3
    Spark conversations around activity
  • 2
    Threads and tags make it great
  • 2
    Threaded Inbox for Integrations
  • 2
    Threaded chat and separate inbox for integrations
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  • 28
    Work well with the rest of Office 365 work flow
  • 23
    Mobile friendly
  • 19
  • 12
    Great integrations
  • 11
    Well-thought Design
  • 10
  • 8
    Easy setup
  • 6
    Unlimited users
  • 5
    Strong search and data archiving
  • 4
    Multi domain switching support
  • 4
    Easy to integrate with
  • 3
    Same interface on multiple platforms
  • 3
    Web interface
  • 2
    Great voice quality

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Cons of Flowdock
Cons of Microsoft Teams
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    • 17
      Confusing UI
    • 12
      Bad performance on init and after quite a use
    • 10
      Bad Usermanagement
    • 6
      No desktop client (only fat and slow electron app)
    • 6
      Can't see all members in a video meeting
    • 5
      Unable to Mute users
    • 5
      No Markdown Support
    • 4
      You don't really own your messages
    • 4
      MIssing public channels
    • 4
      Forced WYSIWYG
    • 3
      Stubborn, unused friendly
    • 3
      Challenging Onboarding
    • 3
      No linux support
    • 1
      Audio support problems

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    What is Flowdock?

    Flowdock is a web-based team chat service that integrates with your tools to provide a window into your team's activities. With the team inbox, everyone on your team can stay up to date. Stay connected with Flowdock's iOS and Android apps.

    What is Microsoft Teams?

    See content and chat history anytime, including team chats with Skype that are visible to the whole team. Private group chats are available for smaller group conversations.

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