Switch from Microsoft Teams to Zoho Cliq

Once you've made your switch to Zoho Workplace from Microsoft 365, you need to get your Zoho Cliq account set up. To set up your Zoho Cliq account, navigate to Zoho Cliq from your Workplace Dashboard.

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  • Get started with Zoho Cliq
  • Features that you'll enjoy in Zoho Cliq
    • Multi-chat View
    • Forked Chats
    • Channels
    • Threads
    • Meetings
    • Remote Work
    • Integrations
    • Custom bots and tools
  • Compare Microsoft Teams and Zoho Cliq features

Get started with Zoho Cliq

From workplace.zoho.com, log in to your Zoho Workplace account using your email address and password. Navigate to Zoho Cliq from the header. You can also log in to Zoho Cliq using your Workplace account from cliq.zoho.com.

Features that you'll enjoy in Zoho Cliq

By using Zoho Cliq to its fullest potential, you can enhance your organization's productivity and collaborate efficiently. We've highlighted some of the most useful features that Cliq offers its users below:

Multi-chat view

The multi-chat view lets you open multiple chats on the screen at a time. There's no more switching between conversation tabs as you work. Stay updated on all your chats using the multi-chat view in Cliq.

Forked chats

With the fork chat feature, you can create a new chat directly from a specific point in your existing conversation and onboard other colleagues to discuss.


Cliq Channels are enhanced versions of group chats that allow users to collaborate and connect. These can be used at different levels, whether it's organization-wide or team-specific. Plus, create external channels to communicate with users outside of the organization. You can also assign roles to users in channels and configure the permission settings.


Organize your conversations and have topic-specific discussions by creating threads for conversations.


Collaborate with your team over audio or video anytime using Cliq's meetings. Set up calls with your team instantly, right from your conversation window. You can also share your screen, simultaneously communicate through chat, record the call, and take notes.

Remote work

Experience the ease of collaborating in an office setup, even when you're working remotely. Cliq's Remote Work feature allows you to communicate in real-time and aims to provide the convenience of working in an office setting.

The Remote Work tab offers virtual check-in and check-out, status updates based on specific availability, a live video broadcasting feed, and the ability to instantly engage in meetings. It also facilitates effective project management from a remote workspace.


Stay up to date and access data by integrating other Zoho and third-party apps with your Cliq account. For example, integrating your Asana account with Zoho Cliq allows you to track your projects and update the task status from your Cliq window.

Custom bots and tools

Create a tailored Cliq experience by building your own bots and other internal tools. Different bot handlers also come with built-in responses to specific actions or messages.

Compare Microsoft Teams and Zoho Cliq features

Find out how the features in Zoho Cliq and Microsoft Teams compare against each other.

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Direct one-one conversations are displayed under the Chats tab, and channel conversations are displayed under the Teams tab.

Access to conversations

The navigation sidebar provides quick access to pinned chats, channel conversations, private one-on-one conversations, contacts, and widgets.

Supports message threads.

Fork Chats and Channel threads

Directly create a new chat from your existing conversation to avoid confusion. Hover over the part of the conversation you want to share and click on the actions icon. Select Fork from here and choose the specific users to include.

If you want to organize conversations into specific topics inside the channel, you can use threaded replies.

To open multiple chats at a time, users have to use the pop-out chat option for each chat.

Multi-chat view

You don't have to switch between tabs as you work. The multi-chat view allows you to have multiple chats open on the screen at a time.

Press Alt+Enter to enable and disable the multi-chat view. You can also do the same from the Settings panel.

Individual audio and video calls can be initiated by opening a particular user's chat window under the Chats tab and clicking on the call icon.


Start an audio or video call right from your chat window.

You can also share your screen with the other person.

Start meetings from the calendar, a channel, or the Meet button.

Meetings and broadcasts

Start or schedule a meeting from a channel or by using quick actions.

Broadcast to a specific channel or the entire organization.

The search box allows users to search for messages, people, files, and other info.

Search bar

The search bar supports OCR-based recognition and advanced filters to pull up anything in a matter of seconds.

Voice message recording is only available in the MS Teams mobile app. Video clip recording is available in the web version.

Audio and video messages

Record audio and video messages on the go, and send them to your colleagues through chat. You can also briefly record a screen and send it as a message.

File storage is backed by SharePoint and is limited to 1 TB per organization, plus 10 GB per license in the Standard plan.

File storage

Files in Zoho Cliq can be accessed from a single storage space. The file storage limit is restricted to 100 GB per user, but storage add-ons are available.

Invoking Slash commands

Slash commands can only be used in the search box to instantly prompt a specific action.

Slash commands permit you to initiate actions from any ongoing chat.

Create an event

Click on Calendar tab > Date to view the New Meeting form, where you can fill in and save the meeting details.

Click on the Calendar Events icon in the top right corner and select Create Event.

Cliq can detect and highlight times and dates in a conversation. Hover over them to see an option to Add to the calendar.


Channels are dedicated sections under a specific team.

To add one: Click Teams > More options > Add Channel

Creating new channels

Channels can be organization-wide, team-specific, personal, or external.

To create a channel: Click the + icon next to Channels in the left-hand pane.

You can also create a channel easily from the Quick Action [+] icon next to Search in the top bar.

To join a specific team, select Teams > Join or create a team at the bottom of the team's list.

You can also join a team by entering the team name in the search box and pressing Enter. Select Join team.

Join a channel

Click Join next to Channels in the left-hand pane to see a list of all available channels under Channels you can join. Scroll through or use Search to look for a channel, and then click Join.

You can only configure channel moderation settings.

Channel Permissions

Channel actions can be controlled by permissions. Configure permissions for users based on the requirements of the channel.

Click on a channel and go to the channel preview page. Click Permissions in the channel preview page to configure permissions.

The Meet now button below the chat bar in a channel starts a group call and displays a message that a meeting has been started. Members can join the call by clicking Join meeting.

Meetings in Channels

Open a group conversation or channel you're a part of and click on the Meeting icon in the chat header. Choose Start Meeting, Schedule Meetings, or Broadcast. Then, pick between audio or video meeting.

No option to create multi-team channels.

Multi-team channels

You can create one channel and onboard people from different teams in the particular channel to collaborate.


No option for module-level granular permissions.

Granular permission for modules

Configure permissions for every module to ensure only certain users have access to certain actions. You can also disable modules if not required.

No option to rebrand MS Teams with your company logo.

Rebranding and customization

Rebrand Cliq by adding your company logo. Custom domain set up for Cliq is also available.


Build dashboards and develop apps with low-code tools. Integrate your other apps to customize your workflow.

Cliq's developer platform is powered by Deluge, a low-code scripting language, which makes it easy to integrate without writing code. You can also build bots, widgets, slash commands, and other internal tools to set up custom integrations.

Remote work

No remote work view.

View who is at work or away, and connect with teammates based on their availability. You can also update your own availability status.

Android TV app for meetings

No TV app support for meetings.

Convert your smart TV into a meeting space with the Android TV app for Zoho Cliq. You can start meetings that you have scheduled, or join an ongoing meeting.

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