4 Slack features that Microsoft Teams desperately needs

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Chances are that many of us have used both Slack and Microsoft Teams for work or school at some point or another. And while the two services share a common goal of helping people stay connected, there is a fierce rivalry between them.

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You might wonder why Teams lacks some of Slack’s features. We’ve compared the two before, but there’s still some looking back in some areas where teams should take lessons from Slack.

multi-account support

Using Multiple Accounts in Slack.

Teams launched in 2017 and since then Microsoft has continuously improved the performance and feature set of the app. But one thing that has always been missing is multi-account support. This proves problematic if you are working for multiple companies that use Teams. Finally you’ll need to use the progressive web app version of Teams to chat or call with one company, and the desktop app for another company.

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It’s Not Convenient, But Microsoft Indicated that multi-account support is coming in the second half of 2022. However, Slack has had this feature for a while. In Slack, you can easily add and switch between multiple workspaces. For your current workspace just go to Menu, then select add workspace from dropdown. You’ll then be taken to your web browser, where you can sign in with a code, and redirected to the Slack app. A sidebar then appears in the app, where you can easily switch between accounts.

A single view for chat and your teams

View of channels and chats in Slack.

Slack makes it very easy to get noticed on both your channels as well as your messages. In the user interface, the service allows you to view all your private moments along with your public moments in the same sidebar at all times for more effective communication.

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This differs from Microsoft Teams, which treats the company’s private and public channels as “team” and private chat as “chat”. During busy days, you’ll have to constantly switch between each tab in the app to reply to a public message and then a private message. In some cases, it even discourages public communication and makes team channels a ghost town, impeding collaboration.

It’s doubtful Microsoft will make such a big change, but there’s one place that can help. activity This area can prove useful for a single view of both the channel and the chat. Right now, it only shows a list of your notifications, mentions or replies. It would be great if it could be used for a single view for your most used Teams channels and chats.

Theme Support

Various themes in slack.

When you spend hours every day using Teams and Slack, you might be hoping that you can change the app to look different from its default mode. In Teams, Microsoft gives you access to Dark Mode or Light Mode, just like in Windows 10 and Windows 11. There is also a high contrast mode for people with impaired vision. Slack is much better though.

In Slack, you have a variety of theme options. Simply click on your profile icon and select Preferences> subjects, You can create a custom theme, or choose one of Slack’s preset options. there are such things Eggplant, Hoth, Mondarin, Nocturne, even more. Themes change the look of the sidebar, as well as the buttons and highlights at the top of submenus.

Apps and Integrations

Slack and Microsoft Teams app side by side.

One of the great things about Microsoft Teams is its integration with other Microsoft services like OneDrive or OneNote, or even new learning services like Microsoft Viva. Teams also connects to other apps and services through the App Store. However, Slack has a lot to offer. Loose Has over 2,400 apps, almost twice as many 1,200 Apps from Teams,

For example, Slack offers access to the communications app Loom, the HR & team culture app, Evergreen, and the productivity app Clockwise. These apps are not found in Teams. Although major players are available on both platforms including Zoom, Asana and even Trello, it would be nice if more developers came on board with Teams, especially since Microsoft make it easy to build Team Apps. team store get a facelift, Very.

hope is on the horizon

For all the things the team lacks in comparison to Slack, hopefully things can get better soon. Microsoft recently started a preview A new feedback portal for teams. The portal is based on Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Customer Service tool, and makes it easy for people to submit feedback on features and view submitted ideas. If you ever feel that there is something missing in Teams, Feedback Portal is the place you would like to go. Get enough votes, and Microsoft may listen.




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