Microsoft Teams is now formally greater than Slack

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Microsoft Teams might have solely been round for 2 years, however the group-chat platform is already bigger than one in all its fundamental rivals. Microsoft introduced that Teams has greater than 13 million each day energetic customers. The quantity rises to 19 million when taking a look at weekly energetic customers. That means the service is now formally greater than Slack, an unbiased platform for on-line chatting and collaboration.

This is probably the most particular Microsoft has gotten but with details about its group-chatting platform. The solely different replace the corporate gave was again in March, when it revealed that 500,000 organizations had been utilizing the service.

In addition to the viewers information, Microsoft shared some upcoming options for Teams. Today, it’s rolling out what it is calling “announcements,” which permits vital information to be highlighted in a channel. It plans to roll out channel moderation and precedence notifications, which is able to ping a recipient each two minutes till a response is made, later this month. Finally, cross-channel posting might be coming “soon.”

Microsoft launched Teams to customers on Office 365 subscriptions in March 2017 after which added a free model in July 2018. The service has been pitched as a substitute for Slack ever since launch. Catching up so rapidly in viewers dimension over two years when Slack has been round since August 2013 is a feather in Microsoft’s cap and could also be a cause why it has opted to attend so lengthy to announce any numbers about Teams.

Despite the apparent comparisons, Microsoft and Slack have loads of situations the place they don’t seem to be focusing on the identical audiences. Microsoft has a longtime fame amongst enterprise companies, and being part of the Office 365 suite makes it a most popular alternative for teams which are already working in that ecosystem. For smaller organizations, and even giant ones that rely extra on Google programs, Slack stays an alternate.