Teams for personal/family use

Currently my family chats together by using GroupMe for text and Skype for video. Our last video conference was a rocky experience so we’re looking for alternatives. I looked at some of the major players (Slack, Webex Teams, Zoom, and MS Teams) and it looks like, on paper, that MS Teams would work best to replace both chat and video (no limit on group video chats and lots of text chat options). However, I’m interested in knowing how well it would work in real life? Is it too clunky? Does it work well?

Any thoughts?


Conversation 7 comments

  • Paul Thurrott

    Premium Member
    28 July, 2020 - 3:17 pm

    <p>If this is your family and you want to use a Microsoft product, use Skype.</p>

    • jeffrye

      28 July, 2020 - 3:44 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#557404">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p>I actually just want to use the best product for the job. If that's Skype, then so be it but Skype seems a bit clunky for groups larger than 4. Is that improving?</p>

      • Paul Thurrott

        Premium Member
        28 July, 2020 - 5:06 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#557411">In reply to jeffrye:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yes. </p>

  • allberry2001

    29 July, 2020 - 8:33 am

    <p>I had the Grandson using Teams because I felt it was the most secure, he could even call on it before he had a sim with a phone number ( data sim when he was younger ). </p>

    • jeffrye

      29 July, 2020 - 11:49 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#557500">In reply to Allberry2001:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Thanks for the info. It's good to know that it does work for personal use.</p>

  • BigM72

    05 August, 2020 - 11:40 pm

    <p>How big is your family?</p><p>WhatsApp does upto 8 people these days.</p><p><br></p><p>They could also remain as separate apps.</p>

  • crp0908

    06 August, 2020 - 10:36 am

    <p>To reinforce Paul's suggestion:</p><p><br></p><p>Someone told me that if you attempt to download and install Teams, it asks you if this is for business or personal use. If you choose personal use, you get prompted to download Skype.</p><p><br></p>

  • anoldamigauser

    Premium Member
    06 August, 2020 - 11:48 am

    <p>Petri has an article on this very subject, <a href="; target="_blank">Choosing the Right Free Version of Teams</a>, which might help you choose.</p>

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