Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Microsoft brings new ways to pester your coworkers to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft brings new ways to pester your coworkers to Microsoft Teams

Along with the viewer's information, Microsoft shared some upcoming options for Teams.

Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that Microsoft has just declared that Teams has over 13 million daily users, which beats out Slack's 10 million figure. For comparison, Slack had more than 600,000 clients as of January this year, the company said in its IPO filing document in April. That makes the figures nearly six months old, but it seems unlikely that Slack has closed the gap in that time.

Teams has seen swift growth largely due to the reach of Office 365 and Microsoft's popularity in business. Catching up so quickly in audience size over two years when Slack has been around since August 2013 is a feather in Microsoft's cap and may be a reason why it has opted to wait so long to announce any numbers about Teams. As The Verge pointed out, Microsoft bundles Teams with Office 365, giving the service a clear advantage with big business. The service launched late in 2016 and has firmly placed itself as a service used by many major corporations around the world.

Microsoft's Thursday announcement, though, showed Teams overtaking Slack sometime before June of this year, according to its analysis.


The manufacturer is now undergoing the certification process to get a select portfolio of its networked systems products integrated into the Microsoft platform, an online meeting solution with features including audio conferences, conference calls, and live broadcasts. Updates have also been made to the Nonprofit Accelerator in Dynamics 365.

First, organizations can now send priority notifications to send out urgent messages. These features will roll out this month. Later on, users will be able to post across multiple channels. These features are rolling out throughout this month.

Here's the interesting part, though: that 13 million DAU number is higher than Slack's daily active users. It has also added WhatsApp-like read receipts.

"What we see is that a lot of our clients have deployed version one of their Teams, where the deployment is really nearly a straight replacement for Skype", La Palme said. "Our portfolio of programmes, offers and resources for companies partnering with Microsoft is transforming to help them capitalize on this opportunity", Schuster added during the "Microsoft Inspire 2019" event. The backlash was already poised to cast a shadow over Inspire, the annual weeklong conference meant to rally Microsoft partners. Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, will speak during the conference on July 17.

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