Balsamiq vs Microsoft Teams

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Balsamiq vs Microsoft Teams: What are the differences?

Balsamiq: Rapid wireframing tool that helps you work faster & smarter. Balsamiq Mockups is a web tool that allows users to mock up different designs and ideas quickly and easily. Balsamic Mockups is similar to drawing mockups, but it is digital; Microsoft Teams: Chat-based workspace in Office 365. 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.

Balsamiq and Microsoft Teams are primarily classified as "Wireframing" and "Group Chat & Notifications" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Balsamiq are:

  • Low-Fi Sketch Wireframes
  • Click-Through Prototypes
  • UI Components & Icons

On the other hand, Microsoft Teams provides the following key features:

  • All your content, tools, people, and conversations are available in the team workspace
  • Enjoy built-in access to SharePoint, OneNote, and Skype for Business
  • Work on documents right in the app

"Useful mockups" is the primary reason why developers consider Balsamiq over the competitors, whereas "Free" was stated as the key factor in picking Microsoft Teams.

Dropbox, ebay, and LinkedIn are some of the popular companies that use Balsamiq, whereas Microsoft Teams is used by Macy's, Heimdal Security, and Sainsburys. Balsamiq has a broader approval, being mentioned in 177 company stacks & 63 developers stacks; compared to Microsoft Teams, which is listed in 45 company stacks and 31 developer stacks.

Decisions about Balsamiq and Microsoft Teams
Mohammad Hossein Amri
Chief Technology Officer at Axceligent Solutions · | 3 upvotes · 117.9K 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 Balsamiq
Pros of Microsoft Teams
  • 71
    Useful mockups
  • 60
    Easy to use
  • 51
    Very useful & simple
  • 19
    Good looking
  • 15
    It helps my creative work
  • 4
    Integrate with Confluence and JIRA
  • 2
    For layouts with deadlines
  • 28
    Work well with the rest of Office 365 work flow
  • 23
    Mobile friendly
  • 19
    Free
  • 12
    Great integrations
  • 11
    Well-thought Design
  • 10
    Channels
  • 8
    Easy setup
  • 6
    Unlimited users
  • 5
    Strong search and data archiving
  • 4
    Easy to integrate with
  • 4
    Multi domain switching support
  • 3
    Same interface on multiple platforms
  • 3
    Web interface
  • 2
    Great voice quality

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Cons of Balsamiq
Cons of Microsoft Teams
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    • 16
      Confusing UI
    • 12
      Bad performance on init and after quite a use
    • 9
      Bad Usermanagement
    • 6
      Can't see all members in a video meeting
    • 6
      No desktop client (only fat and slow electron app)
    • 5
      No Markdown Support
    • 5
      Unable to Mute users
    • 4
      Forced WYSIWYG
    • 4
      MIssing public channels
    • 4
      You don't really own your messages
    • 3
      Challenging Onboarding
    • 3
      Is bad
    • 3
      Stubborn, unused friendly
    • 3
      No linux support

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    What is Balsamiq?

    Balsamiq Mockups is a web tool that allows users to mock up different designs and ideas quickly and easily. Balsamic Mockups is similar to drawing mockups, but it is digital

    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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