Businesses of all sizes and industries need video conferencing software to connect with coworkers and customers alike. Along with video calling, this software also supports chat, webinar, and file sharing features. Before choosing a platform, it’s important to know details about participant limits, meeting time limits, and more.
This article compares BlueJeans and Microsoft Teams, two popular but fairly different video conferencing platforms. We’ll describe how they differ in terms of features, usability, and pricing, making note of where one is significantly better than the other.
Our recommendations are based upon extensive research, discussions with small businesses, and dozens of hours spent hand-testing the leading video conferencing software platforms. Learn more about our research process here.
BlueJeans & Microsoft Teams Comparison Summary
BlueJeans was given a lower rating because there is no free plan, and there are lower participant limits in the paid plans than in Microsoft Teams. However, it’s still a solid tool that had no significant software issues during our testing.
Here’s a breakdown of our review criteria and how BlueJeans and Microsoft Teams stacked up in each category.
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Here are a few quick points to summarize who we recommend each tool for:
- You’re interested in meetings with no time limits
- You don’t need more than 200 participants in your meetings
- You don’t use other Microsoft products for your business
- You already use other Office 365 tools for your business
- You want an entirely free video conferencing plan
- You won’t be hindered by a 60-minute time limit on the free plan
Table of Contents
- BlueJeans & Microsoft Teams Comparison Summary
- Who Should Purchase BlueJeans?
- Who Should Purchase Microsoft Teams?
- BlueJeans & Microsoft Teams Price Comparison
- BlueJeans & Microsoft Teams Feature Comparison
- Bottom Line
Who Should Purchase BlueJeans?
BlueJeans is a mid-tier video conferencing tool that’s popular with academic institutions and businesses of all sizes. Customers are able to host webinars, screen share during meetings, chat, record meetings, and more.
The main drawback of BlueJeans is that there’s no free plan. With so many high-quality free tools on the market, this may be a significant deterrent for many freelancers and small businesses. However, prospective customers are able to sign up with a free trial to test the tool for 14 days.
Who Should Purchase Microsoft Teams?
If your business utilizes Office 365, Microsoft Teams is the best video conferencing tool for your suite of products. It will fit in with your current platforms seamlessly.
Even if you don’t currently use Microsoft for your business, we recommend Microsoft Teams due to hour-long meetings on the free plan, up to 300 participants in the paid plans, and a hassle-free experience.
BlueJeans & Microsoft Teams Price Comparison
BlueJeans pricing runs from $12.49 per host per month to $19.99 per host per month. On the other hand, Microsoft Teams is entirely free as a standalone product. If you opt to sign up with Microsoft 365 plans, you’ll receive a host of other applications for either $5 per user per month or $12.50 per user per month.
Based on the value you get with Microsoft, we found that those paid plans are more valuable for small businesses.
BlueJeans Pricing Details
BlueJeans pricing begins at $12.49 per host per month and the most expensive plan is $19.99 per host per month. As we mentioned, there is no free BlueJeans plan.
Microsoft Teams Pricing Details
Microsoft Teams pricing is free for 100 participants and hour-long calls. The paid plans cost $5 per user per month or $12.50 per user per month for more Microsoft apps and services.
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BlueJeans & Microsoft Teams Feature Comparison
BlueJeans and Microsoft Teams are fairly similar in terms of features. They differ most in terms of meeting participant limits—200 for Bluejeans and 300 for Microsoft Teams—and participant limits in webinars, which stands at 500 for BlueJeans and 1,000 for Microsoft Teams.
Top Features: BlueJeans
BlueJeans has three integrated applications within video calls that enhance collaboration between participants. Along with that, scheduling meetings in BlueJeans is a breeze.
For a more holistic look at BlueJeans, read the full BlueJeans review.
BlueJeans has three applications built into the video calls. They are:
- Breakout Rooms
Breakout rooms can be crucial for businesses as they allow smaller groups of individuals to break away from the main meeting to ideate and brainstorm.
When scheduling meetings with BlueJeans, you can set your time zone, a meeting description, make the meeting one-time or recurring, and invite up to 200 participants. There are more advanced security options that you can choose depending on your preferences.
Top Features: Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams offers customers an intuitive interface, meeting transcripts, and reliable video meetings. When you sign up with Microsoft Teams, you’ll add users to your organization to easily create different chats and channels.
Get a more in-depth overview of the features in our Microsoft Teams review.
Something that’s somewhat unique to Microsoft Teams is the meeting transcript feature. After a call has ended, you will be able to see meeting timestamps, a log of who joined the meeting when, and chat transcripts.
Other tools like Google Meet delete chats as soon as the meeting has ended.
Video calls within Microsoft Teams look like this:
During meetings, you can chat, share your screen, turn audio and video on and off, raise your hand, and more.
Some additional features found within Microsoft Teams are:
- Customized backgrounds
- Real-time collaboration in Office apps
- 250+ apps and services available
Overall, we found that while BlueJeans is a solid all-around video conferencing software, it doesn’t compete with Microsoft Teams in terms of value. BlueJeans is less user-friendly than Microsoft Teams, and the participant limits are lower.
Microsoft Teams includes all the features most small businesses will require. Though there are a few drawbacks, namely that webinars have a participant limit of 1,000 and meetings cannot be password-protected, it’s one of the best tools in the video conferencing category.