One year ago today, following a months-long preview period, Microsoft Teams officially launched into general availability. Since then, Microsoft has been busy building out its Slack competitor with a slew of features, and garnering a pretty sizeable base of users in the process.
Ahead of its release last year, Microsoft said Teams was already in use at more than 30,000 organizations, and that number quickly grew to 125,000 organizations six months after launch. According to Microsoft's latest tally, 200,000 organizations are now using Teams across 181 markets and 39 languages. Moreover, three million teams have been created in the year since Teams' launch.
In May, Teams quickly expanded from the workplace and into the classroom with a bevy of features designed for students and teachers as part of Office 365 for Education. Schools remained a focus throughout the year with additional updates and an eye toward additional classroom collaboration features in the future.
Outside of the classroom, Microsoft has focused on bolstering Teams with advanced calling features the goal of using it to replace Skype for Business as the singular communications client for Office 365 users. Guest access and other -quality-of-life features have been added as well, but Microsoft has even more planned for the future.