Microsoft Teams Reaches 13 Million Active Users, Possibly Overtaking Slack

Microsoft Teams hits 13 million daily active users, potentially more than Slack

Microsoft Teams hits 13 million daily active users, potentially more than Slack

Teams, launched a couple of years ago, is Microsoft's "hub for teamwork" or "workspace collaboration" application that's typically compared with the Slack communication solution.

Ever since Microsoft added a free Teams option previous year, more employers are beginning to use it, Microsoft said. The company launched Microsoft 365 two years ago which is an integrated set of apps and services created to help customers transform workplace collaboration, streamline business processes, and protect critical information. Comparatively, Microsoft Teams is poised to increase 67% over the same period past year. There are complicated migration steps for organizations using Skype for Business to get to Teams.

The manufacturer is now undergoing the certification process to get a select portfolio of its networked systems products integrated into the Microsoft platform, an online meeting solution with features including audio conferences, conference calls, and live broadcasts. The information came out as part of several facts and figures released by Microsoft in preparation for its upcoming Inspire conference.

Teams has seen swift growth largely due to the reach of Office 365 and Microsoft's popularity in business. Teams will get turned on automatically for tenants unless IT pros block it beforehand.

Zoom out x2: Since Slack went public on June 20, its stock price hasn't finished higher than its closing price that first trading day. It plans to roll out channel moderation and precedence notifications, which can ping a recipient every two minutes until a response is made, later this month. The company is adding a read receipt icon to messages.

Second, users can now send an announcement to teams and post a single message across multiple channels.

For frontline workers, Microsoft introduced a feature that allows employees to clock into work and swap shifts. Managers can use geofencing to make sure employees are on location when they clock in. You can check out the entire feature list at the Microsoft 365 blog but here are some of the most interesting updates.

Microsoft is expected to talk more about this and other announcements at its Inspire partner showcase in Las Vegas next week. Indeed, partners are seeing increased interest in Teams. "Customers and partners alike continue to move to the cloud and accelerate their digital transformation, leading us to new and different levels of partnership", said Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's One Commercial Partner group.

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