Chat, call, meet, collaborate. . . . from anywhere.

Connect to your OneDrive or Box files , see your calendar and join meetings . . . . .from anywhere.

All inside one App.

Your team may already be active in one , or both, of these solutions. If you or your team is new to using IM, look at the comparison chart below to help with your decision. Both of these apps are licensed for all MSU students and employees. 

MSU has campus-wide licenses for these IM applications. Click on the cards below for more information on UIT's resource pages.

 

IM Feature Comparison Chart

 A colored dot in the app's column indicates that it has the feature identified in that row.

 Feature Description  Cisco Spark blue,green gray, light blue asterisk-like logo Microsoft Teams purple T icon.
Messaging (chat):
one-to-one
team
Message in real time with an individual - one-to-one and/or with a group of individuals.   Green round circle indicating that Spark has this feature.

 

Purple filled bullet/circle indicating that Teams has this feature.

Presence Ability to see who is currently available on the app. Green round circle indicating that Spark has this feature. Purple filled bullet/circle indicating that Teams has this feature.
Calling
(voice & video)
Make or receive one-on-one or group calls. Green round circle indicating that Spark has this feature. Purple filled bullet/circle indicating that Teams has this feature.
Meetings
(voice & video)
Start or join meetings from the app with one or a group of people. Green round circle indicating that Spark has this feature. Purple filled bullet/circle indicating that Teams has this feature.
Schedule a meeting  Schedule a meeting for the app from inside the app.  Green round circle indicating that Spark has this feature. Purple filled bullet/circle indicating that Teams has this feature.
Schedule a meeting from Outlook Schedule a meeting for the app from Outlook. Green round circle indicating that Spark has this feature.   Purple bullet to indicate Microsoft Teams includes this feature
File sharing Share files during a message, meeting or call. 

SECURITY NOTE:  
Always refer to the Data Storage Security Grid  to ensure that the files you are uploading are appropriate to share/store in each application.  It is recommended that you share via Box or One Drive.  See Box Integrations for more info.
Green round circle indicating that Spark has this feature. Purple filled bullet/circle indicating that Teams has this feature.
Edit files Edit a file at the same time.   Purple filled bullet/circle indicating that Teams has this feature.
Screen sharing Share computer screen during a meeting or call Green round circle indicating that Spark has this feature. Purple filled bullet/circle indicating that Teams has this feature.
Whiteboarding Create a new whiteboard or open an existing one.  Green round circle indicating that Spark has this feature.  Purple bullet to indicate that Microsoft Teams supports this feature
Recording A meeting or call can be recorded.   Purple filled bullet/circle indicating that Teams has this feature.
Integrations w/other apps, tools, services  Has ability to integrate with other apps, tools or services - 

See Box Integrations to learn how to integrate Spark and Teams with Box.
green bullet image Purple filled bullet/circle indicating that Teams has this feature.
Integrates with Box   green bullet image  Purple filled bullet/circle indicating that Teams has this feature.not full functionality
Integrates with OneDrive/Sharepoint Files     Purple filled bullet/circle indicating that Teams has this feature.