Microsoft says its Teams workplace chat and collaboration tool now has 44 million daily active users as of March 18. The tool added 12 million daily active users in the last week. To recall, Microsoft had shared a figure of 32 million as of March 11. Further, the figure is up from the 20 million active users trumpeted by Microsoft in January. However, as more employees started working from home, the figure rose to 44 million within a week. It indicates the huge spike in remote work to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Moreover, 440,000 employees at Accenture alone are signed up to use the thing.
To help the rise in remote work, Microsoft is introducing new features to its Teams tool. These include background noise suppression during video calls. Moreover, the company may add a feature to read messages and write responses when things are running on low bandwidth or even entirely offline. It will be a welcome addition. It is also offering a new service to small businesses. It will make Teams more traditional phone system as it will be able to handle outgoing and incoming calls to regular phone numbers. Features like noise reduction and hand-raising are already available in rival Zoom’s app.
The company is also introducing Microsoft 365 Business Voice stateside, aimed at turning Teams into a complete phone system. However, the feature will only be made available in the United States as of now.
The Teams workplace chat and collaboration tool is now being offered for free by Microsoft amid the coronavirus outbreak. The tool is being used by corporations, schools as well as educational institutions.