At its Inspire event this week, Microsoft also said it has 19 million weekly active users. Microsoft introduced that Teams has greater than 13 million each day active customers. That makes the figures nearly six months old, but it seems unlikely that Slack has closed the gap in that time.
According to an infographic provided by Microsoft, while Teams may have gotten off to a later start, its pace of adoption appears to be much faster. Despite Slack's loyal following of users who say it is a more innovative platform, Microsoft has the advantage that it's available to business and enterprise Office 365 customers at no additional cost. He added that IDC expects the team collaboration app market to continue to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 20% over the next five years. The company has been rapidly updating the service ever since its 2016 launch and with heavy competition from its main competitor Slack, the journey has been an interesting one for both the companies. Microsoft Teams steadily grew between its launch date and the beginning of 2019 and then spiked over the previous year.
Microsoft also announced new features for Teams, including priority notifications, announcements, a time clock, read receipts, and cross-channel posting. You can check out the entire feature list at the Microsoft 365 blog but here are some of the most interesting updates. "It'll let team owners send a message to everyone having a specific role in an organization using the "@mention" messaging feature. The moderator feature launches this month as well. Today, it is rolling out what it's calling "announcements", which allows important news to be highlighted in a channel. Users can now also post a single message across multiple channels at the same time. There's a sneaky control for managers associated with this feature because they have an "option to geo-fence a location to ensure team members are at the designated worksite when clocking in or out".
"What we see is that a lot of our clients have deployed version one of their Teams, where the deployment is really nearly a straight replacement for Skype", La Palme said.
Microsoft Inspire begins on July 14, 2019. Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, will speak during the conference on July 17.
The move to retain IUR "speaks volumes to the value of being a partner, when Microsoft is willing to make these changes based on our feedback", said Kelly Yeh, president of Chantilly, Va. -based Phalanx Technology Group, in an email to CRN.
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