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Microsoft Teams sees over 50% usage spike over pandemic, pows virtual fists with Zoom, Google Meet

Wed 28 Oct 2020    
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Microsoft has seen steady growth in its virtual office space service — Microsoft Teams — as the pandemic has continued to grip nations, and an emerging scene of work-from-home has become norm. And that growth has only dialled up over the past months.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday, revealed that Teams now enjoyed an active user base of 115 million daily. That’s a more than 50 percent rise from the 75 million that Microsoft reported almost six months ago.

US-based Zoom and Google Meet, rival services to Teams, only report daily active participants, which means a single user could be counted multiple times through different meetings per day, making it difficult to compare figures. Google claimed to drive a 100 million daily user base earlier this year, and Zoom said it was running 300 million of the same.

Another chat based communication platform, Slack also saw some growth earlier this year, with Microsoft steadily advancing to meet competition.

A new Together Mode was designed specifically for pandemic-era meetings, allowing participants to sit virtually next to each other. The NBA has used the Teams feature for basketball games over the summer.

Nadella also revealed today that LinkedIn now has 722 million users. LinkedIn has been gradually growing and adding to Microsoft’s revenues since the company acquired the social network for $26 billion back in 2016.

[Sourced from Agencies]