Skype sees bump to 40 million daily users, big increase in calling minutes

Skype on iOS
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What you need to know

  • Skype is up to 40 million daily users.
  • That's a 70 percent increase in a month.
  • Skype to Skype calling minutes are also up 220 percent.

Alongside a slew of announcements around Microsoft 365, Teams, and Edge today, Microsoft also provided some updated stats for Skype usage. As more people have started staying home and remote working over the last month, Microsoft says that it has seen a 70 percent increase in Skype users. The app is now up to 40 million daily users compared to last month.

Additionally, Microsoft says that it has seen Skype to Skype calling minutes increase by 220 percent over the same time period.

The new stats come as nearly all all remote work and chat apps are seeing a general uptick in usage. Microsoft recently reported that Teams surged to 44 million daily users, which is a bump from 20 million in November. Similarly, Slack recently saw its largest number of concurrent users at 12.5 million.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • No need for Skype anymore. Been using Jitsi Meet.
  • never heard about Jitsi before, we'll keep using skype
  • For a 20-year-old video chat client backed by one of the most powerful software companies in the world, 20 million daily users in normal times doesn't sound very impressive. Does this include Skype for Business? I suppose things look better when throwing in Teams numbers. But what are the numbers from WhatsApp, FaceTime, Hangouts, etc., for comparison?