Now that you have Google Workspace, here are a few tips to help you begin replacing Microsoft Teams for all your collaboration needs.
Note: Some Microsoft features do not directly correspond in Google Workspace and are not covered in this guide.
Comparison at a glance
|In Teams...||In Google Workspace...*|
|Have team conversations from a channel||
Have team conversations in a chat space
You can chat with both people within your organization and with external guests.
Create a space grouped by conversation topic from Chat or Gmail
Important: You can only create a space grouped by conversation topic if you use Chat on a work or school account.
Turn a group chat into a space
If you created a group chat, you can turn it into a space. When you use a space, you can name the space, share files, and assign tasks with other people in the space.
Tip: You can add and remove people from a space at any time.
Tip: If you didn’t create the space, learn how to leave a space.
You can also assign tasks from a chat space in Gmail. For details, visit Create and assign tasks in spaces.
|Chat in a direct message (DM) by clicking New Chat||
Send a DM from Google Chat or Gmail
Send a direct message to a person
Send a direct message to a group
|Have video meetings with a team||
Have video meetings with a team in Google Meet
Note: You can send a meeting link to people outside of your organization, but someone from within your organization might need to give them access to the video meeting.
For details about how to join meetings from Calendar and Gmail, visit Join a video meeting.
|Share files with a team||
Share files with a team in a shared drive
|Collaborate on shared files in a meeting||
Collaborate on shared files in a meeting in Google Meet
|See your schedule and create a meeting in Meetings||
Schedule a video meeting in Google Calendar
|Add a wiki page for your team|
|Search in the Command box||
Search in Google Cloud Search
For details, visit Use everyday words to search.
|Q&A during a live event|
|Poll attendees during a meeting||
Launch a poll during a meeting
For details, visit Conduct a poll during a video meeting.
|Share a whiteboard in a meeting||
Use a whiteboard in a meeting
For details, visit Use a whiteboard in a video meeting.
|Raise your hand in a meeting|
|Use breakout rooms in meetings||
Add breakout rooms to meetings
You can also create breakout rooms from a Calendar event. For details, visit Use breakout rooms in a video meeting.
|Change your background in a meeting||
Change your background in a meeting
For details, visit Change your background in a video meeting.
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