Microsoft Teams celebrates 5 years of general availability and coworker nudges

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams is celebrating five years of general availability.
  • In celebration, Microsoft has released a blog post giving a general overview of the Teams timeline from inception to now.
  • The company would also like to remind you that Teams' last publicly disclosed user milestone saw the service at 270 million monthly active users.

It's finally here: The fifth anniversary of Microsoft Teams proper. On March 14, 2017, half a decade ago, Teams hit general availability and put Zoom and Slack on watch. And now... it's still doing that.

In a celebratory post over on the Microsoft Teams Blog, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper penned a short, focused recap of the journey his company went on to bring Teams as far as it's gotten. Starting with a small hackathon project, the communication service's story sees it quickly grow into being the all-encompassing powerhouse platform it is today.

Part of that huge growth stemmed from the pandemic. In the three months following March 2020, Microsoft claims Teams experienced a ten-times growth boost, helping contribute to the service's most recent user milestone of having approximately 270 million active monthly users.

Of course, not all of Teams' growth is due to external forces such as the worldwide pandemic. A lot of it boils down to Microsoft improving its service to consistently compete with and exceed competitors. Though, one should consider that the company's unique marketing strategies are also possibly playing a factor.

Robert Carnevale

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