As remote and hybrid work continues to be the norm, organizations are looking for reliable and efficient communication tools to keep their teams connected. While Microsoft Teams is a popular choice, it comes with a price tag that not all organizations can afford. Zoho Cliq, on the other hand, offers a free version that provides a comprehensive set of features for remote teams. In this blog, we will explore how to make a free switch from Microsoft Teams to Zoho Cliq.
Why Zoho Cliq?
Zoho Cliq’s Free plan offers numerous features including searchable messages 100GB file storage, SAML-based single sign-on (SSO), screen sharing, remote work, threads, and scheduled messages.
You can do more with less as you can experience high-quality audio and video meetings that function smoothly, even in low bandwidth situations. In addition to chats, channels, searchable messages, threads, and file storage, Zoho Cliq also offers a range of other standard internal communication tools. Furthermore, Zoho Cliq integrates with Zoho CRM, other Zoho applications, and third-party apps, allowing your team to communicate efficiently and work in harmony.
Why You Should Make the Switch to Zoho Cliq
If you wish to continue using Microsoft Teams and retain your chats, conversations, and other information, upgrading to one of the paid plans is the only option available. However, upgrading to a paid plan comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
One of the downsides of upgrading to a paid plan is the additional cost it incurs. This may not be feasible for organizations operating on a tight budget. Additionally, small businesses may not require the complete feature package included in a paid subscription, which means they end up paying for features they do not need or utilize.
If you are a new business looking for a free internal communication tool, or an existing free user of Microsoft Teams in search of a free alternative, Zoho Cliq could be one of your go-to choices.
How to Make the Switch from MS Teams to Zoho Cliq
1. Sign up for Zoho Cliq
The first step is to sign up for Zoho Cliq. You can do this by visiting the Zoho Cliq website and creating an account. Zoho Cliq offers a free version with comprehensive features, including unlimited users, channels, and messages.
2. Invite Your Team
Once you have signed up for Zoho Cliq, the next step is to invite your team. You can create channels for different teams or projects and invite team members to join those channels. Zoho Cliq allows you to create unlimited channels, making it easy to keep your conversations organized.
3. Import Your Data
If you have been using Microsoft Teams, you can easily import your data into Zoho Cliq. You’ll need to register as an app in the Microsoft’s Information Protection (MIP) platform to export the data. Once your data is exported, you can import all your messages, files, and conversations from Microsoft Teams to Zoho Cliq.
4. Explore the Features
Zoho Cliq provides comprehensive features that can help your team stay connected and productive. Some of the key features include audio and video calls, screen sharing, file sharing, task management, and integrations with other tools like Google Drive and Trello. Take some time to explore these features and see how they can benefit your team.
5. Customize Your Workspace
Zoho Cliq allows you to customize your workspace to suit your team’s needs. You can customize the layout, themes, and colors to make it more visually appealing and user-friendly. You can also create custom workflows and automation to streamline your team’s workflows and improve efficiency.
Switching from Microsoft Teams to Zoho Cliq is a simple and cost-effective way to keep your team connected and productive. By following these steps, you can make the switch to Zoho Cliq and enjoy its benefits for your remote team.
If you want to learn how it works, request a free demo of Zoho Cliq. As a Zoho Authorized Partner, First Direct Corporation has Zoho experts who can help you understand the benefits of Zoho Cliq and how to implement it based on your unique requirements.