Microsoft's Inspire 2019 partner conference is next week, and the company today announced that its Teams collaboration service is now being used by 13 million daily active users. Moreover, it has 19 million weekly active users. Naturally, Microsoft pointed out that its well ahead of its chief competitor, Slack, which has 10 million daily active users.
Along with the news comes new features. For prioritizing time-sensitive communications, you'll finally get read receipts, so you can tell when someone has read your messages. There are also priority notifications, which will ring a recipient every two minutes until they respond. These features are coming this month.
The second category of new features is about managing communications. You can now make announcements in a channel, you'll be able to cross-post between channels, and you can also set moderators for channels. Announcements are available now, cross-posting is coming soon, and moderation is coming this month.
The third category is all about firstline workers and their schedules. There's a time clock in the Teams Shifts model, letting people clock in and out of work. This is rolling out now. Coming in August is targeted communication, which will let owners of a team send messages to people that are in specific roles.
The finally category is for IT administrators deploying teams. First of all, Teams is now available in existing Office 365 ProPlus installations, and also, admins can set predefined policy packages through the admin center. Policy packages are coming soon.