Microsoft Teams surges to 44 million daily users amid coronavirus outbreak

Microosft Teams iOS and Surface
Microosft Teams iOS and Surface (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams now has 44 million daily users, Microsoft says.
  • Microsoft says 20 of its customers have more than 100 thousand users.
  • That's growth from 20 million daily users Microsoft reported in November of 2019.

Microsoft Teams is now at 44 million daily users, according to new stats released by Microsoft. Among those users, Microsoft says that it now has 20 customers that have more than 100,000 users each. The update comes as Microsoft Teams celebrates its third birthday.

Along with the 44 million number, Microsoft says that Teams is now available in 181 markets and 53 different languages around the globe. There are 93 Fortune 100 companies that are now using Microsoft Teams, and more than 650 organizations have over 10 thousand users.

The bump to 44 million is a large jump over where Microsoft said Teams was in November of 2019. At the time, Microsoft reported 20 million daily users, showing significant growth for the year. That was seen as a major coup for Microsoft at the time, as it outpaced the 12 million active users reported by its chief rival, Slack, at the time.

A large part of Microsoft's surge to 44 million daily users is due to the current ongoing coronavirus outbreak, which has left many people around the globe working from home. As of March 11, Microsoft says it counted 32 million daily users, but that number ballooned to 44 million by March 18.

Microsoft Teams Infographic March 2020

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Microsoft has made several moves to make Teams more accessible for people and companies that are now working from home or in need of communication tools. The company began offering Teams premium features for free for six months, allowing companies to test the waters during the pandemic. Additionally, Microsoft announced today that NHS staff in the UK can now use Teams for free as well.

In December, following on from Microsoft's milestone of hitting 20 million daily users, Hunter Willis, product marketing manager for AvePoint, told Windows Central that he believed adoption for Teams was still relatively low given its potential to grow within the base of current Office 365 users. "I suspect this will be visible in the next 6 to 18 months, and with Slack and Microsoft going back and forth – as they have been – I imagine that this process will be very visible," Willis said.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

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