Number of users has doubled over the last year
Teams now has 145 million daily active users, according to Microsoft, CEO Satya Nadella.
Speaking as the vendor revealed its quarterly earnings, Nadella said that the number of users has almost doubled over the last year, while the number of companies with over 1,000 Teams users has increased three-fold.
This is the first time Microsoft has given a daily active user count since it revealed the figure to be 115 million last October. The number stood at just 32 million before the pandemic.
On an earnings call, Nadella said that Teams is growing even in countries where workforces are back in offices.
“In markets where employees have returned to the workplace, including Australia, China, New Zealand, South Korea, and Taiwan, we have seen usage continue to grow,” he said.
“We are accelerating our innovation, adding over 300 features over the past year, including more than 100 new capabilities so far in 2021″
“New inclusive meeting experiences for hybrid work, including custom gallery views, enable anyone to be seen, heard, and participate – whether they are at home, in a meeting room, at an office, or on a factory floor.”
#MicrosoftTeams now 145 million daily active users 🙏💜 – thank you to customers, partners, and team
— Jeff Teper (@jeffteper) April 27, 2021
The CEO added that Teams is “extending beyond communications” and has become a new category in collaboration – pointing out that businesses are building custom apps, bots and workloads for the platform.
He also said that usage of Teams between companies, rather than just internally, has accelerated. Microsoft announced the launch of Teams Connect at its Ignite conference.
Nadella was speaking as Microsoft reported another buoyant quarter, with sales rising 19 per cent to $41.7bn during the quarter ending 31 March 2021. Profit climbed 44 per cent to $15.5bn.
Azure revenue grew 50 per cent year on year, representing flat growth sequentially.