What you need to know
- Microsoft Teams now has 115 million daily active users.
- That's a rise of more than 50 percent since April, when Microsoft reported 75 million DAUs.
- Teams use is also bolstering Microsoft 365 overall, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Microsoft Teams is now at 115 million daily active users, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Nadella shared the numbers during the company's Q1 2021 earnings call today, noting the surge in growth Teams has seen since more people began working primarily from home earlier this year.
Microsoft Teams has seen rapid growth over the past seven months. In March, the service onyl totalled around 44 million daily active users, up from 20 million in November of 2019. That figure quickly shot up to 75 million daily active users in April.
The current 115 million daily active users represent a more than 50 percent increase over the past six months.
During the conference call, Nadella noted that Teams' growth is also having knock-on effects for Microsoft 365 as a whole. "That reinforcing effect of Teams by itself, and then Microsoft 365 in conjunction with Teams is where you'll see a significant amount of usage growth moreso than individual tools of the past, even," Nadella said.
In response to the global health crisis earlier this year, Microsoft has accelerated its pace of new Teams features to accommodate the increase in users. Big features like Spotlight mode, breakout rooms, and live transcription were introduced to make managing calls easier. Tailored specifically for people working from home, the Together Mode makes you feel like you're in the same room as your colleagues.
With more companies extending their work-from-home periods, it's likely we'll continue to see Teams grow in the coming quarters. Whether Microsoft will sustain the current pace of daily active user growth, however, remains an open question.
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