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Microsoft Teams comparison guide

Whether you’re connected to Teams via the desktop application, mobile app or web browser, you can continue to engage with your teams no matter where you are.

While most Teams features are available no matter what platform you use, there are things that may only be available on the desktop application.

Comparison table

Feature

Desktop application

Mobile app

Web browser

 

Install Microsoft Teams

(http://www.icts.uct.ac.za/microsoft-teams#install)

Y

Y

N/A

(Log on to the Office 365 portal and click All apps > Teams.

Create a team

(http://www.icts.uct.ac.za/microsoft-teams#create-team)

Y

Y

Y

Add team members

 

Y

Y

Y

Manage team

 

Y

Y

Y

Add and edit channels

(http://www.icts.uct.ac.za/microsoft-teams#create-channel)

 

Y

Y

Y

Manage channel members

 

Y

Y

Y

Join via a team code

 

Y

Y

Y

Conversations (including attach and open files)

 

Y

Y

Y

Manage files in the Files tab (including upload and organise)

 

Y

Y

Y

Open files in the Files tab

 

Y

Y

Y

Edit files using the relevant installed Office application

Y

Y

Y

Teams meetings

Join an online meeting with your video on

 

Y

Y

Y

Schedule a meeting

 

Y

Y

Y

Join an online meeting with audio only

 

Y

Y

Y

Use the Meet now functionality with audio only

 

Y

Y

Y

Use the Meet now functionality with your video on

 

Y

N

(Currently unavailable)

Y

Share your screen

Y

 

Y

(PowerPoint via OneDrive, videos and images)

Y

(Depending on the browser, you can share PowerPoint and set permissions to prevent participants from navigating your slides. You can also share your desktop, and a window.

Switch your video/audio on and off

 

Y

Y

Y

Use the chat functionality

Y

Y

(Video and chat cannot be on screen at the same time)

 

Y

Start a recording

Y

(Unless the meeting organiser set permissions)

Y

(Unless the meeting organiser set permissions)

Y

(Unless the meeting organiser set permissions)

 

View attendees

Y

 

Y

(Tap the people icon in the top-right corner)

 

Y

Blur background

 

Y

N

Y

Whiteboard functionality

 

Y

Y

(Cannot create a whiteboard but can collaborate once shared)

Y

Set up breakout rooms

 

Y

N

N

Chat

Video call

 

Y

Y

Y

Share a file

 

Y

Y

Y

Audio call

 

Y

Y

Y

Send a text

 

Y

Y

Y

Share screen

 

Y

Y

N

Reply to messages

Go to the message you received and click ••• (More options) > Reply. A message preview appears above the reply field.

 

Y

Y

Y

Live events

Produce a live event

Y

N

N

(Producing a live event is not available on web yet! Use the desktop app instead as it offers the best functionality.

Present in a live event

Y

N

N

(Presenting a live event is not available on web yet! Use the desktop app instead as it offers the best functionality.

Attend a live event

 

Y

Y

Y

Webinars

Schedule a webinar

 

Y

N

Y

Host a webinar

 

Y

N

Y

Attend a webinar

 

Y

Y

N

 

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