Microsoft has announced today that Teams now has 20 million daily active users, up 7 million from July. Microsoft Teams is the firm’s answer to Slack, a collaborative tool used in workplaces to boost efficiency. Teams is available as a free add-on to Office 365 users which is great if you need an office suite and want to cut back costs by not having to take on a Slack subscription.
Describing how customers get to grips with Teams, Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, said:
“In fact, today Teams has more than 20 million daily active users. What’s more, while these users start with simple text-based chat, they quickly move on to richer forms of communication and collaboration. For instance, last month Teams customers participated in more than 27 million voice or video meetings and performed over 220 million open, edit, or download actions on files stored in Teams.”
In its announcement, Microsoft highlighted some firms that are now using Microsoft Teams. Those include L’Oreal, Alcoa, Telefonica, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN), and bicycle manufacturer Trek. While it’s a bit behind with 10 million daily active users at the end of the second quarter, Slack boasts some well-known brands as customers including Electronic Arts and Nordstrom.
One slight drawback with Microsoft Teams is the lack of Linux support. While the firm keeps claiming to love Linux these days, it’s pretty slow at getting its various software products onto the platform. Teams is currently available on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android but there are plans for a launch of a public preview for Linux this year.