The Amazing Growth of Microsoft TeamsMay 12, 2020
What a difference a year can make. Last April, Forrester published a study commissioned by Microsoft on The Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Teams. And while the findings of the study still ring true and show clear benefits to those that adopt Teams, no one could have predicted the mass surge of new users that has happened since then due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Microsoft Teams Has Grown Exponentially in the Last 9 Months
In 2019, Microsoft Teams was already showing rapid growth as it raced past the former market leader Slack in July with 13 million daily active users. In November, they crossed another threshold by surpassing 20 million daily active users. Then the global Coronavirus pandemic hit and left many organizations scrambling to support a workforce forced to work from home. The increase in the number of Teams users since then has been nothing short of amazing. In March, Microsoft announced they reached 44 million daily active users of Teams and just a month later they stated they reached 75 million daily active users! And it’s a clear favorite in larger enterprises as Microsoft states that 20 of their customers have over 100,000 active users of Teams.
Why Organizations Are Initially Attracted to Microsoft Teams
So, besides the obvious, why are so many organizations flocking to Teams? First, many enterprises already have a license to use Microsoft Teams included in their license of Office 365. Microsoft states that there now are over 258 million paid seats of Office 365. For many millions of commercial Office 365 users that have yet to experience the capabilities of Teams, accessing it is as easy as downloading and installing the application. For organizations that don’t already have Teams, Microsoft is offering a free version of Teams that includes chat, audio and video calls, 10 GB of team storage, 2 GB of storage per user, and the ability to create content with the Office Suite apps.
The Value Produced by Microsoft Teams is Compelling
Beyond the fact that many organizations can use Teams for free, or for no incremental cost, the potential benefits of Teams are clearly identified in the Forrester study. Teams enables enterprises to improve employee productivity and collaboration across the organization by bringing together many of the capabilities found in Office 365 into a single app. Customers reported reducing operating costs, accelerating time-to-market and cultivating more innovation as some of the key impacts of adopting Teams. I’ll be sharing more findings from the Forrester study in some follow-up posts and why these findings are even more important now in the COVID-19 era.
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