The Difference Between SharePoint & Microsoft Teams

SharePoint and Microsoft Teams may seem like interchangeable productivity tools, but they each serve a different purpose. Below we take a look at some of the key differences between SharePoint and Microsoft Teams, so you can better understand the features and advantages of these powerful platforms.

SharePoint delivers an intranet-based cross-collaboration experience

SharePoint has evolved to become a robust document sharing platform. Therefore, your team can use it as a secure place to store, organise, share and access critical business files and information from any device. You can build intranet sites, create pages, document libraries and lists, improving visibility across your workforce so that team members can explore, follow and search for sites, files and people across your company. SharePoint provides advanced security features that reduce the risk of outages and unauthorised access,  making it ideal for storing and managing sensitive business data.

Microsoft Teams is a hub for teamwork

As a persistent chat-based collaboration platform, Teams allows your employees to share documents, hold online meetings, share screens and start conversations. If you’re looking for a tool built to help your team unlock their creativity and communicate effectively at work or remotely, Microsoft Teams is the ideal solution. It uses Microsoft 365 Groups to ensure all the products share the same security context, streamlining the management of users with group members’ permissions automatically applied to all Teams resources.

Can SharePoint work alongside Teams?

All files shared in Microsoft Teams are stored in SharePoint Online. You can enjoy SharePoint’s advantages, such as creating sites to share documents and information with colleagues, partners, suppliers, and customers. That said, the tools you use will depend entirely on your needs.

SharePoint is an excellent tool for in-depth collaboration and information management, whereas Teams is suited to simple sharing, communication and document editing. In some cases, your team may find that SharePoint alone suits their needs, while other situations may require both tools working side-by-side.

Microsoft makes it easy to switch between the two platforms

If you’re a Microsoft 365 subscriber, you can access SharePoint and Teams from the same login. This makes it easy to switch between the two platforms depending on the task at hand.

Overall, SharePoint and Microsoft Teams provide two different experiences to help you manage your team’s data. If you’re looking for a tool that can offer in-depth collaboration and information management, then SharePoint may be the right choice for your business. However, if you want to communicate with your team or start a project together, Microsoft Teams is well worth considering. The platform may give you the flexibility you need to improve teamwork and ensure your employees stay connected anytime, anywhere.

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As a one-stop provider of IT services, Syntec can manage all aspects of IT and recommend the most suitable collaboration and file management platforms. Whether it’s SharePoint, Teams, or both, we can help you achieve your business goals. You can send us a message for further information or call us on 0330 3800 616.