With 13 million daily active users, Microsoft says its Teams chat app is now growing faster than Slack
- On Thursday, Microsoft announced that its workplace chat app Teams now has over 13 million daily active users.
- In January, Slack - which recently went public - reported that it has over 10 million active users.
- Microsoft also announced new features for Teams, including priority notifications, announcements, a time clock, read receipts, and cross-channel posting.
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Microsoft says its workplace collaboration app Teams is growing faster than Slack - now valued at over $17 billion (R238 billion) on the public markets - and for the first time, it's revealing how many people use the app daily.
On Thursday, Microsoft announced that Teams has over 13 million daily active users. In comparison, Slack, which went public in June, reported in January that it has over 10 million daily active users. Importantly, Slack has not publicly updated its daily active user count since January, so this number may have grown since then.
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. Note that in January, Teams only had about 8 million daily active users - indicating that it's only picked up the pace since Slack made its announcement.
"We're less worried about the numbers that stand right at the moment, and we're more concerned about growth," Jared Spataro, corporate VP of modern workplace, said at a Microsoft press event. "We really feel like that growth is based on a unique value proposition."
Previously, Microsoft did not break out Teams' total number of daily active users, although it had said that Teams is used by over 500,000 organisations, and that over 150 of its organisations had more than 10,000 active users each.
However, amid this conversation, it's also important to note that while Slack is a standalone product, Microsoft Teams comes standard in several versions of the Office 365 cloud productivity suite. This means that plenty of companies large and small have access to Teams as part of a service that they're already paying for, which could give a leg up.
In addition, Microsoft announced new features for Teams on Thursday. Now, Microsoft Teams has priority notifications, which customers can use for especially important messages. This feature sends out an alert to the recipient every two minutes until there's a response.
Besides that, Microsoft introduced the option to turn on read receipts and add moderation to their channels. These features will roll out this month. In August, another new feature will give team owners the ability to message everyone who holds a particular role.
Microsoft also introduced announcement messages, which allow users to highlight important messages in a channel. This feature is now available. Later on, users will be able to post across multiple channels.
For frontline workers, Microsoft introduced a feature that allows employees to clock into work and swap shifts. Managers have the option to turn on a location feature that allows them to see if an employee clocked in at the designated worksite. This feature is now available.
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