What you need to know
- Over 13 million users are active daily on Microsoft Teams, and over 19 million users are active weekly.
- Microsoft Teams is gaining a number of new capabilities.
- Microsoft Inspire begins on July 14, 2019.
Microsoft Teams has surpassed 13 million daily active users. It also has over 19 million weekly active users. The information came out as part of several facts and figures released by Microsoft in preparation for its upcoming Inspire conference.
The 13 million daily active users figure is particularly worth noting as Microsoft Team's rival, Slack, only had 10 million daily active users according to an SEC filing from earlier this year. The figures for Slack were accurate as of January 31, 2019. That makes the figures almost six months old, but it seems unlikely that Slack has closed the gap in that time. If Slack continued on its trajectory as of January 2019, it would likely fall below Microsoft Team's most recent figures.
Microsoft's announcement that Microsoft Teams hit 13 million weekly active users is also impressive but is harder to compare as Slack's weekly user numbers aren't in the recent SEC filing.
Independently of rival Slack, Microsoft Team's growth is impressive. The service launched late in 2016 and has firmly placed itself as a service used by many major corporations around the world. Microsoft Teams steadily grew between its launch date and the beginning of 2019 and then spiked over the last year.
In addition to announcing usage figures, Microsoft also announced several groups of new features coming to Microsoft Teams. You can check out the entire feature list at the Microsoft 365 blog but here are some of the most interesting updates.
First, organizations can now send priority notifications to send out urgent messages. Messages now also include read receipts so users can ensure their messages have been read. These features both roll out this month.
Second, users can now send an announcement to teams and post a single message across multiple channels. Moderators can also manage what is posted in channels and if posts can have replies. These features are rolling out throughout this month.
Next, users can clock in and out using Microsoft Teams. Managers can use geofencing to make sure employees are on location when they clock in. Team owners can also message everyone from the same role with a single @ mention. Time clock is rolling out now, and targeted communication will roll out starting in August 2019.
Finally, IT admins can apply predefined policies across Team functions including messages and meetings.
These features help Microsoft Teams users communicate across multiple channels and send out information more efficiently. They'll be a welcome addition to managers and admins that manage multiple teams or large groups of individuals.
Microsoft Inspire begins on July 14, 2019. Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, will speak during the conference on July 17. Microsoft's President, Brad Smith, will speak on July 17 as well.
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