Confluence vs Microsoft Teams

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Confluence vs Microsoft Teams: What are the differences?

Developers describe Confluence as "One place to share, find, and collaborate on information". Capture the knowledge that's too often lost in email inboxes and shared network drives in Confluence instead – where it's easy to find, use, and update. On the other hand, Microsoft Teams is detailed as "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.

Confluence and Microsoft Teams are primarily classified as "Project Management" and "Group Chat & Notifications" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Confluence are:

  • Spaces
  • Pages
  • Editor

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

"Wiki search power" is the primary reason why developers consider Confluence over the competitors, whereas "Free" was stated as the key factor in picking Microsoft Teams.

According to the StackShare community, Confluence has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1172 company stacks & 654 developers stacks; compared to Microsoft Teams, which is listed in 46 company stacks and 33 developer stacks.

Decisions about Confluence and Microsoft Teams
Kirill Mikhailov

Since now Jira is offering pretty wide free plans, it can compete with asana at small teams. And they have a significant advantage especially if you're working in agile methodology. Confluence is also a big advantage, and also comes with a free plan, so it's a pretty big thing. But we had also talked about asana and used to work with it before a lot, but we chose to go with Jira, and it's pretty good for now.

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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 · | 2 upvotes · 50.5K 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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Pros of Confluence
Pros of Microsoft Teams
  • 93
    Wiki search power
  • 61
    WYSIWYG editor
  • 41
    Full featured, works well with embedded docs
  • 1
    Expensive licenses
  • 26
    Work well with the rest of Office 365 work flow
  • 22
    Mobile friendly
  • 17
    Free
  • 12
    Great integrations
  • 11
    Well-thought Design
  • 9
    Channels
  • 8
    Easy setup
  • 6
    Unlimited users
  • 5
    Strong search and data archiving
  • 4
    Multi domain switching support
  • 3
    Same interface on multiple platforms
  • 3
    Web interface
  • 3
    Easy to integrate with
  • 2
    Great voice quality

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Cons of Confluence
Cons of Microsoft Teams
  • 2
    Expensive license
  • 15
    Confusing UI
  • 11
    Bad performance on init and after quite a use
  • 9
    Bad Usermanagement
  • 6
    No desktop client (only fat and slow electron app)
  • 6
    Can't see all members in a video meeting
  • 5
    No Markdown Support
  • 5
    Unable to Mute users
  • 4
    MIssing public channels
  • 4
    You don't really own your messages
  • 3
    Forced WYSIWYG
  • 3
    No linux support
  • 3
    Challenging Onboarding
  • 3
    Stubborn, unused friendly
  • 2
    Is bad

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What is Confluence?

Capture the knowledge that's too often lost in email inboxes and shared network drives in Confluence instead – where it's easy to find, use, and update.

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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What are some alternatives to Confluence and Microsoft Teams?
GitLab
GitLab offers git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, activity feeds and wikis. Enterprises install GitLab on-premise and connect it with LDAP and Active Directory servers for secure authentication and authorization. A single GitLab server can handle more than 25,000 users but it is also possible to create a high availability setup with multiple active servers.
Jira
Jira's secret sauce is the way it simplifies the complexities of software development into manageable units of work. Jira comes out-of-the-box with everything agile teams need to ship value to customers faster.
Microsoft SharePoint
It empowers teamwork with dynamic and productive team sites for every project team, department, and division. Share and manage content, knowledge, and applications to empower teamwork, quickly find information, and seamlessly collaborate across the organization.
Basecamp
Basecamp is a project management and group collaboration tool. The tool includes features for schedules, tasks, files, and messages.
Slack
Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together.
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