Microsoft Teams is not the only business-oriented chat and communication app that is growing in demand. Slack announced today that it has achieved new user records for concurrent users thanks to the growing demand for remote work amidst the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, March 10, Slack had 10 million concurrent users, who rose to 10.5 million six days later, on March 16, before reaching 12.5 million yesterday. Slack does not show the total number of daily active users during this period, but only connected users at the same time.
Slack announced back in October that there were 12 million active users a day, but the company hasn't updated that number since then. Use of Microsoft Teams has grown significantly in the past year, reaching 44 million active users per day, while demand rose sharply earlier this month. Instead, Slack tried to steer the conversation based on how many actions Slack performs compared to its competitors and how much people love the app.
The new slack design.
Slack is also redesigning its design for the biggest makeover in its history. The new design, which focuses on simplification and customization, will be introduced to existing customers in the coming weeks. In a refreshingly honest remark, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield admits there is more to be done. "If you're just starting out with Slack, I'm sorry: there are still some rough spots," Butterfield admits. "Getting used to it is not as easy as we want it to be, but we are working hard to make it easier for people to use it effectively. It's worth the effort. If it works, you'll never return to e- Mail back. "
Slack also announced last month that IBM selected Microsoft Teams to support the company's chat communications for its 330,000 employees. IBM has long been Slack's largest customer, but IBM's decision to deploy Slack to all employees comes just weeks after Microsoft launched a major TV advertising push to convince companies to choose teams instead of Slack .
Microsoft is also looking at zoom, as more and more companies are turning to their video conferencing solution. Even consumers flock to the app instead of Skype. Microsoft plans to hold a press event for Office on Monday, where the company is expected to launch a more consumer-oriented version of Microsoft Teams.