Beijing (PingWest)- Microsoft Teams, a Microsoft's team chat and conferencing app, is likely the beneficiary of COVID-19 remote work boom. The app has gained more than 12 million daily users in one week, jumping more than 37% over the past week, from 32 million to 44 million users around the world, Microsoft said on Thursday.
Mircrosoft Teams had 44 million users around the world as of March 18, which is more than double the 20 million daily active users that Microsoft recorded a month ago.
Slack, a major competitor of Microsoft teams, did not reveal most recent number for daily active user, but slack said earlier that it had 12 million daily active users as of the end of October 2019.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has also unveiled several new feature updates to Teams on Thursday. New features like real-time noise cancellation will help reduce background noise for video meeting participants, while background blur allow users to beautify their appearance on live video or replace the background during a video chat. For example, editing a home bedroom and replacing it with a picture of commercial office, which will user to feel free at home when they are video-chatting with colleagues or friends. Teams also integrated with Microsoft’s booking app that can make it easier for healthcare consultants to arrange video meeting with patients.
To elaborate further, Microsoft said that doctors at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Pennsylvania, had been using the Team apps, which allow them to contact patients who are vulnerable to the coronavirus via videoconference, eliminating the needs for doctors to talk with patients face-to-face.
Microsoft charges fees to corporations for its full versions of Teams, but there is a free version that can be used by consumers.
Teams, which is available at no extra cost for business subscribers of Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud productivity suite, was launched in 2017 and has become Microsoft’s core communication tool.