Microsoft Teams skyrockets in popularity, reaching 115 million daily active users

Polycount

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Why it matters: It's no secret that services like Microsoft Teams, Slack, and even Discord are doing very well amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. They're doing so well, in fact, that earlier this year, they struggled to keep their servers up long enough to meet the overwhelming demand. However, the exact level of success Teams, in particular, has achieved would have been difficult for even an optimist to predict: as of writing, Teams has acquired 115 million daily active users.

That's an astounding figure, and it's one many communication services never achieve -- or at least achieve over a much longer period. Obviously, we can't attribute the entirety of that number to Microsoft's hard work alone: mandatory work-from-home policies resulting from Covid-19's spread are undoubtedly a major growth factor here.

Regardless, whether this success was achieved due to Microsoft's efforts or not, it is still a success, and one the company is already bragging about quite happily to investors -- company CEO Satya Nadella revealed the information in an IR call today.

Notably, the bulk of this growth has occurred over the last six months alone. Indeed, as of April, Teams boasted 75 million daily active users, meaning Microsoft has managed to pull in another 40 million in half a year.

Obviously, we're not sure how many of those users are paid and how many are using free Teams plans, but in either case, our hats go off to Microsoft and co. The company isn't perfect, but Teams is a solid platform, and we hope its sudden success paves the way for improved functionality and feature updates over time.

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QuantumPhysics

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Microsoft TEAMs appeared on my Windows 10 after an update.

Once the Covid19 quarantine rolled around, everyone immediately switched to ZOOM.

Once they realized all the crimes and obscene things occurring on ZOOM, they switched over to TEAMS.
 

fps4ever

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It is our company's chat/video conferencing system since April. It works well for our needs. Unfortunately you have no control over updates and or gui changes just like Office365. Which is quite frequent.
 
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gerjy5w

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Discord much better Teams does stupid things like having a popup forcing me to sign in which disconnects me from the meeting. Why cant I browse teams and have a meeting in another tab without the prompt?
 

Hexic

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Our IT division has been running a pilot of Teams for about the last year or so, and while it’s had significant improvements over time, it still has a ways to go.

Their ‘channels’ nested under each Team don’t have alot of flexibility and customization unfortunately- at least compared to Slack. But it’s a solid platform for project teams to take advantage of, with the automations we use via various system integrations.

Coming from Skype for Business, it’s a platinum blessing to that dumpster fire.
 

Uncle Al

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Microsoft TEAMs appeared on my Windows 10 after an update.

Once the Covid19 quarantine rolled around, everyone immediately switched to ZOOM.

Once they realized all the crimes and obscene things occurring on ZOOM, they switched over to TEAMS.
So with ZOOM now encryption end to end, do you see a switch back to ZOOM?
 
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stewi0001

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My employer was using Slack for the IT division, even before COVID. For a while it seemed like the rest of the company was going to adopt using Slack too. However, Teams is included in our O365 package and the licensing cost for Slack apparently increased (that's what they told us.) We still have Slack but only for IT and the rest of the company is using Teams.

I prefer Slack, but that same time I haven't given Teams that much of a chance.
 

Shadowboxer

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I mean most corporations using office 365 (which is most corporations) were planning to roll it out if they hadn’t already anyway.

115 million users is a big pinch of salt. I wonder how many of those 115 million installed teams on their home device for personal use.
 

Danny101

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Used it for the first time this year. I thought it worked quite well. The notification system can used some work and with more settings. I want to be able to snooze groups and conversations that I'm currently not involved in at a chosen level (sound and/or posts) and for an optional duration of time. Distracting when you're trying to work.
 
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