NEW! Online Meetings & Events

Plan your online meeting or event and determine which platform is right for you based on your needs.

Planning

The following criteria, and the detailed chart below, will help you identify whether you should use Zoom or Microsoft Teams for your online event.

Step #1 - Define your audience.

  • Size (2-10,000)
  • Scope (internal MSU community or external audience - e.g. parents)

Step #2 - Define your participant requirements.

  • Interaction
    • Q&A: attendees submit questions that are answered in written response or verbally
    • Chat: written discussion with the entire group or individuals
    • Polling: opinion polls created prior to meeting or live during the event
  • Captions (live captions in English or multiple languages)
  • Registration
Zoom Meeting Zoom Webinar Teams Meeting Teams Live Event
Size 2-300

(up to 1,000 seat licenses are available for temporary use by request through the MSU IT Service Desk)
2-1,00

(up to 3,000 seat licenses are available for temporary use by request through the MSU IT Service Desk)
2-300 2-10,000
Scope Internal & external Internal & external Internal Internal & external
Interaction Video, audio, chat, share, breakout rooms Q&A, polls, chat Video, audio, chat, share, breakout rooms Q&A
Captions Automatic live captions (English) Automatic live captions (English) Automatic live captions (English) Automatic live captions (up to 6 languages)
Registration Available Available Not available

(use Eventbrite or Qualtrics)
Not available

(use Eventbrite or Qualtrics)
Attendance Computer, mobile device, dial-in phone Computer, mobile device, dial-in phone Computer, mobile device Computer, mobile device

 

Next Steps

Based on your event audience and requirements as determined from above, you should know whether or not you need to use Zoom or Teams. Reference the platform-specific information below to continue. 

Step #3 - Read the desired platform event reference guide for more details, technical information, and best practices.

Step #4 - For more detailed videos on Zoom and Teams functionality, reference the asynchronous training below.

 

Best Practices

No matter what platform you use for your online meeting or event, be aware of these online event best practices.

Live Training Replay

Kyle Root hosted a live training session for online meetings and events. Watch the replay below and reference more asynchronous training we have available on SpartansLearn for more information on Zoom or Teams.