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Microsoft is catching up with Zoom as it sees 70% jump in Teams usage

By Cookie Monster - on 1 May 2020, 12:00am

Microsoft is catching up with Zoom as it sees 70% jump in Teams usage

Pop-up chat in Microsoft Teams. <br>Image source: Microsoft

Microsoft may soon catch up with Zoom as it sees Teams usage surge month after month. 

In an investor call yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shared that Team usage has increased 70% to more than 75 million daily active users. In comparison, the company reported 44 million daily active users in March. Microsoft also saw 200 million meeting participants in a single day last month, which is close to 300 million meeting participants on Zoom.

Nadella revealed other interesting insights; two-thirds of Teams users are interacting with or collaborating with files inside the app and Microsoft saw three times the number of companies integrating apps with Teams. 

Video conferencing apps and collaboration platforms have seen significant adoption in the past three months as the Covid-19 pandemic forced many countries to implement lockdown measures and employees to work from home.

While Zoom was the initial hot favourite, it was plagued with a series of security and privacy issues. While Zoom is giving itself 90 days to resolve these issues and has addressed some concerns, consumers have turned to other solutions. Rivals such as Facebook and Google have rushed to try and fill the void. Facebook launched Messenger Rooms and expanded WhatsApp Group Calls while Google is making its premium video conferencing service, Google Meet free for everyone in the coming weeks.

If you are looking for alternatives to Zoom, we have compiled a list of 6 options for you to consider. We also have a list of virtual backgrounds which you can use to spice up your video calls.

Source: The Verge

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