Microsoft says there are now more than 115 million daily active users on its flagship unified communications and collaboration platform Microsoft Teams, representing a 50% bump from what the company reported in April.
That surge is largely due to the rise of remote and hybrid work and distance learning, both of which require a collaboration and videoconferencing platform. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told investors of the increase in usage during an earnings call announcing the company’s first quarter earnings.
“Microsoft 365 is the comprehensive suite of productivity apps and experiences people use and rely on every day. Teams now has more than 115 million daily active users,” Nadella said. “We are seeing increased usage intensity as people communicate, collaborate and co-author content across work, life, and learning. All up, Microsoft 365 users generated more than 30 billion collaboration minutes in a single day this quarter.”
“Teams is the only solution with meetings, calls, chat, content collaboration, as well as business process workflows – in a secure, integrated user experience. And, as companies move online, they also want one unified platform from meetings to phone systems – which Teams delivers.”
The company has been actively releasing new features for Teams since the pandemic began, and Nadella touched on some of those during the call, including innovations for firstline and knowledge workers like breakout rooms, meeting recaps, shift scheduling and large scale digital events for up to 20,000 participants.
Other new features aim to address employee wellbeing, like new insights, virtual commutes and Together Mode that helps teams reduce videoconferencing fatigue.
The NBA used Teams’ Together Mode to display fans watching from home on LED screens around the court in the league’s playoff bubble in Orlando, Fla.
Earlier this year, Zoom said it had 300 million daily active participants, and Google said Meet has 100 million daily active participants. However, The Verge notes that metric is counted differently than daily active users since a single user could be counted multiple times throughout different meetings during a day.