Microsoft Teams: App vs Desktop comparison

Comparing the functions of the Microsoft Teams iPad app, iPhone app and Desktop apps.

This table will be updated regularly (last update 08:00 20th March 2020)

Function  Ipad app  iPhone app   Desktop app 

Web Browser

(in progress – tested with Edge!)

Setting up       
Create a team   Yes   Yes  Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
Add members  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
Create a join code  No  No  Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
Manage team (inc member permissions)  No  No  Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
Add channels to a team  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
Edit a channel   Yes  Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
Add specific members to a specific channel   No  No  Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
(only when channel is created)
       
Participating in a team        
Join a team with a code  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
Participate in conversations   Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
Attach files in conversations   Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
Open files from a conversation  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
Upload and organise files in the Files area  No  No  Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
Open files from the Files area  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
Edit a file   Yes – with relevant office app installed   Yes – with relevant office app installed   Yes  Yes – Edge, Chrome and Firefox
       
Video meetings        
Join a team video meeting  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes Edge and Chrome, No Firefox
but buggy. picture is rotated 90 degrees on HP laptops
Start a video meeting in a Team (meet now)  No  No  Yes  Yes – Edge and Chrome
No – Firefox
Share screen   Yes – share ppt from Onedrive, video/photo from camera roll, or share screen (can switch to other apps)  Yes – share ppt from Onedrive, video/photo from camera roll, or share screen (can switch to other apps)  Yes 

Edge: No but can share ppt from OneDrive or Teams and allow/prevent participants from moving through slides on their own

Chrome: Can share desktop, PowerPoint and a window

Toggle webcam and microphone on/off  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes Edge and Chrome
Participate in chat  Yes – but the screen will switch, cannot have video and chat on same screen   Yes – but the screen will switch, cannot have video and chat on same screen  Yes  Yes Edge and Chrome
Start a recording   Yes  Yes Yes  Yes Edge and Chrome
Access people list/mute all function   Yes – people icon located in top right corner of screen during call Yes – people icon located in top right corner of screen during call Yes  Yes Edge and Chrome
Blur background  No  No  Yes No
Use the Whiteboard tool No No Yes Untested
Within Chat       
Video call Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
File sharing   Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
Text chat   Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
 Audio call  Yes  Yes  Yes Yes
Share screen in video call      Yes No