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Microsoft Teams vs Webex Teams or Microsoft Teams and Webex Teams?

Community Highlights Insights January 29, 2019
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Dominic Kent

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Microsoft Teams vs Webex Teams or Microsoft Teams and Webex Teams?

Microsoft Teams Cisco Webex Teams

Comparing Microsoft Teams vs Cisco Webex Teams is not going away. As we regularly check the net and social media for interesting happenings in the collaboration world, you can’t help but find a new article comparing Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex Teams.

It’s natural. As human beings, we seem to crave a single solution for our problems. Maybe it’s because we were bought up on “two wrongs don’t make a right” that our mentality is to source a single solution. For Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex Teams, I thought I’d take a look at where they stem from. I soon found myself in the Skype and Jabber world.

Skype for Business vs Cisco Jabber

It’s a compelling story that as businesses move from collaboration 1.0 to collaboration 2.0, they contemplate moving from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams and from Cisco Jabber to Cisco Webex Teams. Often, when evaluating the pros and cons of upgrading, IT Managers are tempted or required to consider the alternative.

For businesses yet to adopt cloud communication, Skype and Jabber offer great solutions to on-premises collaboration. However, with Skype users being informed they will have to automatically upgrade to Microsoft Teams, comparison against nearest competitors, Cisco, continues.

Skype for Business vs Cisco Jabber
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Microsoft and Cisco co-existence

More often than not, an enterprise will have instances of both Microsoft and Cisco. Office365 has seen huge gains from 2016 – 2018, with adoption rates up more than 50%. It’s no surprise that businesses are looking at Microsoft Teams for collaboration, even if they are already using Cisco Jabber for telephony and messaging.

The allure of going fully Microsoft is a tempting one. The classic “one throat to choke” appeal runs across all technologies. However, in this Microsoft vs Cisco battle, it works the other way too.

Since Cisco transformed Spark to Webex Teams, the Cisco offering has matured to be a complete collaboration tool. So, now the Jabber users have a big say in the argument too. But, it remains just that. Enterprises will continue to argue Microsoft Teams vs Cisco Webex Teams when evaluating their options moving from Skype for Business or Jabber.

Cisco and Microsoft can coexist
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Microsoft Teams vs Webex Teams

When it comes to Microsoft Teams vs Cisco Webex Teams, I found it staggering how many comparison articles have now cropped up. People outside the industry, inside the industry and heck, even I have written a comparison article. Common theme across these articles was the call for integration across platforms. Other key topics included why Microsoft is better than Cisco and vice versa. But, the most frequent search was which is right for your business?

In my article, I asked: “Which will be the natural choice for UC&C in the Enterprise?” I didn’t have the answer. I didn’t expect to get an answer. 11 months on, I finally have the answer. You can have both. Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex Teams can co-exist.

Microsoft Teams vs Cisco Webex Teams
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Microsoft and Cisco interoperable co-existence

When delving deep into each of these solutions, it’s hard to pick them apart. You could spend the best part of a year extensively evaluating the good and bad of Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex Teams. However, the result will likely be that you stay with your most common instance, and you’ve watsed a great amount of time and resource. But, it’s not all doom and gloom. You no longer need to compare these services.

When multiple messaging platforms exist in your organization, Mio can provide messaging interoperability by connecting the platforms of your old and new employees across the platforms of their choice. This means you can finally stop comparing Microsoft and Cisco, and let your users interact across platform.

Stop comparing Microsoft Teams vs Webex Teams and use Mio

Mio is simple to set up:

  • Sync all the chat apps your teams use by creating your Mio Hub
  • Add all teams, spaces & channels
  • Team members in your Mio Hub can immediately chat in DMs or groups with members on other platforms
  • File sharing, threaded messages, reactions and the ability to edit and delete messages are all supported
  • New channels or spaces are synced in the primary chat platform they prefer to use

If you are interested in exploring these options, we are here to discuss. To learn how Mio can sync multiple messaging platforms, check out this demo video of cross platform messaging.

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