Microsoft Corp’s chat and conferencing app won over 12 million daily users in one week. This corresponds to an increase of 37.5%, as more people worked from home during the coronavirus outbreak, the company said on Thursday.
According to Microsoft, the teams had 44 million users on March 18, more than double the 20 million daily active users reported by the software manufacturer in November. The number of team users rose from 32 million to 44 million between March 11 and 18 alone, according to Microsoft, according to which many other US companies asked employees to work from home.
There were no comparable numbers for the team's main competitor, the collaboration app Slack Technologies Inc, which announced in October that it had 12 million active users daily.
Slack didn't update this number during its March 12 profit announcement, but said four of its five biggest deals were won against Microsoft Teams in the last quarter. On Thursday, Slack announced that 7,000 new paid customers were added between February 1 and March 18. This corresponds to an increase of around 40% compared to the two previous business quarters, in which around 5,000 new paid customers were added each quarter.
Microsoft has also introduced several features that are useful for telemedicine and home work, such as: B. A team booking application that allows hospitals to manage virtual appointments.
"As companies around the world change the way they work in response to the (coronavirus) situation, we will learn a tremendous amount," said Satya Nadella, managing director of Microsoft, in a virtual press conference.
Microsoft charges companies for its full versions of teams. However, there is a free version that can be used by consumers.
Microsoft announced on Thursday that doctors at St. Luke's University Health Network in Pennsylvania, who have already used the Teams app, will begin using it to video conference with patients, including those who are susceptible to the novel coronavirus are to be used to protect patients and the hospital. Earlier this week, Slack announced that the service is free for many companies who want to respond to or mitigate the corona virus and will reduce setup time for new customers.
Microsoft also said it was working on several new artificial intelligence features that could make team users' work easier from home.
A function can automatically replace the background during a video chat, e.g. B. Cut out a messy bedroom at home and replace it with a picture of a tidy business office. Another feature can filter out background noise during a conference call, e.g. B. crumpling a plastic potato bag.
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