Teams, Microsoft’s two-year-old Slack competitor, is the corporate’s fastest-growing utility in its historical past. That’s one thing Microsoft has mentioned prior to now, however for the primary time, Microsoft at this time additionally introduced precise person numbers for the service forward of its Inspire partner conference subsequent week. Teams now has 13 million energetic each day customers, Microsoft mentioned, and 19 million weekly energetic customers. Microsoft additionally at this time mentioned that Teams is now in use by 91 of the Fortune 100 corporations.
The firm isn’t afraid of placing these numbers up towards Slack, which IPOed only a few weeks ago. Jared Spataro, Microsoft Corporate VP for Microsoft 365, doesn’t point out Slack by identify in his weblog put up, however the firm put collectively a bit graphic that clearly exhibits why it’s now keen to share these numbers.
The final official quantity from Slack is that it had 10 million daily active users in January. Without replace numbers from Slack, it’s laborious to say if Teams now has extra customers, however until Slack’s progress accelerated in latest months, that’s most likely the case.
In addition to disclosing these numbers, Microsoft additionally introduced a lot of updates to Teams that vary from options like precedence notifications, which take the annoyance of chat notifications to a brand new stage by pinging you each two minutes till you reply, to learn receipts, new moderation and cross-posting choices for Teams channels and a time clock characteristic that lets staff clock out and in of labor shifts proper from the Teams cell apps.
Because Inspire is an occasion for Microsoft companions, it doesn’t come as a shock that Microsoft can also be launching a number of new Teams options that contain its resellers and different companions. These embrace the power to combine groups with compliance recording companions like ASC, NICE and Verint Verba, in addition to a contact middle answer in partnership with Five9, Nice InContact and others. The most essential of those bulletins, although, is definitely the truth that Microsoft is launching a brand new partner-led Teams trial (PDF) that can allow Microsoft 365 companions to supply a free six-month trial of Teams to prospects on the Exchange-only or Office 365 Business plan. This will certainly bolster Microsoft’s person numbers for Teams within the coming months, too.