What you need to know
- Microsoft Teams is reportedly used by 100 million students.
- A Microsoft executive reportedly discussed the figure in a meeting to Microsoft employees.
- The number of students using Teams has reportedly increased by 30 million since September 2020.
Microsoft Teams continues to grow within the education market. According to Business Insider, Eran Megiddo, corporate vice president Windows Product & Education at Microsoft, told Microsoft employees that 100 million students now use Microsoft Teams in a recent all-hands meeting. That figure shows an increase of 30 million students since the start of the 2020 school year in September of last year.
Microsoft has not publicly shared how many students use Microsoft Teams recently. It did, however, state that "more than 200 million students, faculty, institutional leaders, and teachers are actively using Microsoft Education products—with Microsoft Teams for Education as the hub" when it announced several affordable Windows 10 PCs for education.
It's difficult to nail down exactly how many people use Microsoft Teams as a whole and other figures related to Teams. Microsoft stated that Teams had 115 million daily active users in October but hasn't shared an update since. Based on the recent report of how many people use Teams in education, it seems the total number of users has gone up significantly since October.
According to Business Insider, Megiddo also discussed how Windows PCs struggle to compete with Chromebooks in some areas, stating:
In many cases, when schools are buying Chromebooks or Windows PCs, Chromebooks are still faster and cheaper, they are easier to deploy and manage ... We have our work cut out for us.
Microsoft is working to compete in education in several ways. Its upcoming Windows 10X operating system will launch with devices primarily aimed at the education and enterprise markets.
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