Microsoft Corp is seeing significant increase in usage of its Team productivity software for educational purposes and video calling in recent weeks, the company y saiod on Thursday.
Because of the cancellation of in-person classes by some of U.S. schools for rest of the academic year and much of the employees from different sectors are working from home during lockdowns, the requirement to stay in touch or communicate with increased the use of apps and software that provide video calling services.
Teams is a unified communication and collaboration platform of Microsoft which competes with the likes of Zoom Video Communications Inc and Slack Technologies Inc.
In its statement, without providing any details, Microsoft said that use of Teams surged by 1,000% in the month of March, with proportion of calls and meeting making use f video increased over two fold from 21% to 43% over that period.
Video use of Teams is spread during the whole workday as showing the Microsoft’s data, said Jared Spataro, company’s corporate vice president for Microsoft 365.
We see surges in a team connected through videoconferencing, but then some of them go offline and do a lot of work using documents and chats and again came online, Spataro added.
Microsoft though did not share the previous count but said that about 183,000 education organizations having multiple schools attached with them in 175 countries are now using its Teams for Education. The total number of minutes spent by all Teams users in conducting meetings tripled by reaching 2.7 billion on March 31 which were 900 million minutes on March 19.
Remote work and learning tools have been facing a significant growth in recent weeks as billions of people around the globe are lockdown to their homes in fight aginst spread of coronavirus.
Other companies like Wickr, Zoom and Slack are also experiencing surge in video use of their platform during the lockdown.