Orbital vs Microsoft Teams

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Orbital vs Microsoft Teams

Built by Microsoft, this platform was inevitably going to become a popular go-to virtual office for many businesses, despite its flaws. This aesthetically corporate, social media style service lacks the natural, engaging conversations which arise in the galaxies. With Orbital, you have the ability to remain on the online platform all day for various chats; whether you are looking to sit in the chillout zone to chat amongst colleagues, or meet in an office room to discuss work objectives, Orbital has it all

The Orbital team has worked hard to ensure that their customers are provided with a space in which they can learn, relax, work, and have fun, all under the same galaxy. With Orbitals communications platform, they have created a unique proximity-based audio function which is like no other; steering away from the long-winded navigation tools to communicate with others much like used in Microsoft Teams.

Inside the Main Communication Area

Orbital

The proximity based audio function within galaxies is second to none. Much like in real life, moving yourself closer to others will enable their audio to become clearer and louder for you, and vise versa. This innovative feature created by Orbital has introduced a new, effective virtual communication experience for remote working teams. You can not only locate another room when looking to move away from the discussions, but you are also able to mute/unmute yourself by easily using the tool placed in the bottom bar, or by using the ‘push to talk’ addition using your space bar.

Microsoft Teams

Unlike Orbital, you must select a specific section to access a call on Microsoft Teams; involving an environment which is not as natural as you would get in an office. With remote working now the norm, Orbital are presenting many unique features to allow your galaxy to stay live, whether you are looking to stay on all day, or pop into the office when you need to.

Breakout Areas

Orbital

Here at Orbital, the pin feature allows users to create customisable spaces which team members can navigate to throughout the day. These pins have preset images available to place from the Orbital system, or, alternatively, you are able to upload your own image. You might be having a 1-1 talk with a colleague in your personal office, whilst others are over in the meeting room playing team activities. This incredible tool has allowed the option of easily navigating throughout the galaxy to multiple chats, popping in at any time you like and getting away when needed.

Microsoft Teams

Issues arise in Microsoft Teams when you are looking for a space in which you can speak with individuals away from others attending the call. This space can cause a divide with team members, and miss out on the natural chats which would be heard within the office. This is unlike Orbital, where you are able to stay within your galaxy all day, attend other spaces and speak with various people all on the same permalink.

Screen Sharing

Orbital

Orbital also allows you to broadcast multiple screens within your galaxy, making it incredibly easy to teach, and present ideas to members. This quick and efficient feature will appear above your image, and once accepted by other people within your proximity, will be viewable in a sizable popup placed on their screens.

Microsoft Teams

When using Microsoft Teams, just one individual is able to share their screen within a chat, unless purchasing the highly priced enterprise level. However, Orbital has tackled this issue for many remote workers, allowing multiple screens to be shared at once all under the same galaxy.

Let's take a quick look at just why Orbitals features skyrocket above Microsoft Teams..

Orbital Other Meetup Platforms
Your branding Fully customisable A logo, maybe?
Breakout areas Unlimited and ad-hoc Limited and formal
Fun to navigate Feels like a game! Definitely not
Guest conversations Hang out as long as you want Everyone gets booted when the host leaves
Speakers and presenters Unlimited and many at once Limited and usually one at a time
Built-in interactive activities 50+ suggestions, or add your own Nope

Pricing

Orbital

Orbital has packages available per galaxy at costs of $8.76 per user/per month. With this incredible price, you are able to access the following:

  • Invite 20 earthlings to join you
  • Customise with backgrounds and images
  • Create unlimited breakout areas
  • Send emoji reactions
  • Send text chat and URLs
  • Broadcast unlimited screens

Microsoft Teams

When looking at the comparisons, Microsoft Teams provides all of their features for a cost of £17.60 pp! This high increase lacking many of the tools which Orbital has created for their users is a key reason to start building your galaxy today.

Support

Orbital

This open-channel, audio-first communication is built by a team dedicated in helping remote teams engage more naturally. Orbital is passionate about hearing their users, to ensure that the most effective remote working experience is in place. Orbital has both email and live chat support available, where you will receive a quick response from one of the friendly team. They have also gone above and beyond platforms such as Microsoft Teams, by also providing a public Trello board for users to visit: https://trello.com/b/z4WtOOkP/orbital-public-roadmap, including further information on Orbital, lists of features, and a space for feedback and ideas. The support system here at Orbital is backed by a passionate team, who are always on the look-out for connecting and learning from their users.


Here is a step-by-step guide that will help you and your team get the most from your new galaxy when joining Orbital. The team has also now included an integration guide that is currently being built out: http://orbital.chat/integration-guide which will include 22 commonly used tools, to help your galaxy get set up with tools suited to that best match your working strategies.

Microsoft Teams

To simply put it, Microsoft Teams has built a complicated, unnatural remote-working experience. It’s safe to say Microsoft Teams was always going to bring in users, as a widely known company, yet this does not pull away from the ‘messy’ feeling that this platform presents. Join Orbital today to start building your customisable galaxy, and watch your remote team flourish from their homes.

Screenshot of app with two pins and multiple people

Remote communication that feels more natural.

One link. No downloads. No invasive cameras. Just conversation when you want it, and quiet when you don’t.

  • Customise with backgrounds and images
  • Create unlimited breakout areas
  • Send emoji reactions
  • Send text chat and URLs
  • Broadcast unlimited screens

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