Technology giant Microsoft, on Wednesday, said that its collaboration platform Teams now has almost 250 million monthly active users, up from about 145 million in April, as businesses embrace hybrid work model post Covid-19 era.
“Microsoft Teams is the new front end. It’s where people meet, chat, call, collaborate and automate business processes -- all within the flow of work. Teams usage has never been higher,’’ Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella said at the company’s earnings call for the June-ended quarter.
Nadella said the phone category, on Teams, is also picking up rapidly. Microsoft has close to 80 million monthly active Teams Phone users, with total calls surpassing 1 billion in a single month in the June-ended quarter.
“We are leading in the new and growing enterprise phone category. Just like video meetings, chat, and business processes happen in Teams, calls happen in Teams – creating a huge new opportunity. We have nearly 80 million monthly active Teams Phone users, with total calls surpassing 1 billion in a single month this quarter, and we’re just getting started,” Nadella said.
He added that Teams is at the center of orchestrating collaboration across the entire SaaS estate, from HR to marketing to finance. Leading third-party SaaS vendors – including Adobe, Atlassian, Salesforce, SAP, ServiceNow, and Workday – have now built apps that deeply integrate with Teams.
“124 organisations now have more than 100,000 users of Teams. And nearly 3,000 have more than 10,000 users,” Nadella said.
Talking about Microsoft 365, he said that the company is witnessing a double digit year-over-year growth in every segment – from frontline and small business, to enterprise. According to Nadella, companies like Bayer, Siemens, and Vodafone have opted for Microsoft’s premium E5 offerings for advanced security, compliance, voice, and analytics.
Commenting on the newly released Windows 11, Nadella said that Microsoft is reimagining everything – from the Windows platform to the store – to help people and organisations be more productive and secure, and to build a more open ecosystem for developers and creators.
“We’re delighted by early feedback. More people have downloaded our early builds than any other Windows release or update in the history of our insider program. And, along with our OEM ecosystem, we’re excited to bring Windows 11 to new PCs beginning this holiday,” said Nadella.
Microsoft claims that nearly 600,000 organisations, including FedEx, Nestle, NTT, and Volkswagen – are using its security offerings across Azure and Microsoft 365.
“We saw a 70% increase in the number of small and medium business customers. And, it’s reflected in our sales growth – with annual revenue continuing to increase 40% year over year. We are going further to protect organisations, and our recent acquisitions of CloudKnox, ReFirm Labs, and RiskIQ bolster our security capabilities in key areas, including identity management, IoT, and threat intelligence,” Nadella said.