Microsoft Teams Alternatives

Microsoft Teams is described as the chat-based workspace in Office 365 that integrates your team’s people, content, and tools to increase engagement and efficacy’ and is a Group Chat app in the office & productivity category.

There are more than 100 alternatives to Microsoft Teams for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Android, iPhone, and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Element, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Jitsi Meet, Slack, and Jami.

Microsoft Teams alternatives are mainly Group Chat Apps but may also be Video Calling Apps or Team Collaboration Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for specific functionality of Microsoft Teams.

Element

Element is a secure collaboration and messaging app based on the Matrix protocol. It’s decentralized to deliver digital sovereignty, and based on an open standard for easy connections and interoperability. It is end-to-end encrypted by default.

Features

  • Element is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
  • Element has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
  •  Privacy focused.
  • Element has a versioning system that lets you view and goes back to older project/file/document versions.
  • Element supports MarkDown for document formatting.
  • It does not track or use your personal data.
  • Real-time collaboration
  • No Digital rights management (DRM), i.e. No copy protection.

Spike

Spike email app is a great Microsoft Teams alternative, offering collaborative functionality focused around email, which remains a powerful business tool.

It provides voice and video conferencing, real-time chat, groups, notes, tasks, file sharing, and more. MS Teams has powerful tools but in a closed environment.

On the other hand, is built around email and provides an inbox interface that most will already be intimately familiar with.

Features

  • Email integration for internal/external communication.
  • Simple multiple-calendar integration.
  • A familiar user interface means that there is little to no onboarding.

Jitsi Meet

Go ahead, and video chat with the whole team. In fact, invite everyone you know. Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, 100% open-source video conferencing solution that you can use all day, every day, for free with no account needed.

Features

  • No registration is required.
  • End-to-End Encryption.
  • You can use Jitsi Meet to share your screen with your colleagues or friends.
  • Ad-free.
  • Jitsi Meet consumes fewer device resources compared to similar apps.

Slack

Slack is a top-rated chat-based tool and a good alternative to Microsoft Teams for those looking for simpler chat-based communications.

Like MS Teams, Slack offers voice and video calls from within the platform, but also offers integration with external apps such as Zoom, BlueJeans, and even Microsoft Teams Calls.

Additionally, there is file sharing within Slack and the ability to work with companies and individuals outside of your organization.

Features

  • Extensible by Plugins/Extensions.
  • Real-time collaboration
  • Very simple, single-purpose.
  • Not tied to a specific ecosystem.

Jami

Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement

  • Jami is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
  • Privacy focused.
  • Ad-free.
  • End-to-End Encryption.
  • You can use Jami to share your screen with your colleagues or friends.