Coronavirus: Millions use virtual meeting platforms to work from home

Coronavirus: Millions use virtual meeting platforms to work from home

- Several workers have resorted to platforms such as Mircosoft Teams and Slack as the coronavirus continues to spread all over the world

- Both platforms have recorded an increase in users in recent months with Teams' users increasing to 44 million people

- It represents a 37.5% increase in their number of users and they earned over 12 million daily users in one week

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Remote work has become the preferred form of work for several businesses all over the world as the coronavirus continues to affect thousands of people and lead to death.

Briefly.co.za learnt that the information available shows that Microsoft’s Teams chat and conferencing app earned over 12 million daily users in one week.

This represents a 37.5% jump as more people were compelled to work from home in order to avoid contracting the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: Millions use Microsoft Teams, Slack, as companies recommend work from home

People working from home Source: Reuters.com
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Per a Reuters report, Teams recorded 44 million users as of March 18, 2020, and that is more than double the regular 20 million active daily users.

Teams’ chief rival, Slack, provided by Slack Technologies Inc, revealed in October 2019 that it had 12 million daily active users then.

Even though it is yet to give updated details about its estimated daily users, it disclosed that four of its five largest deals in the most recent quarter were won against Microsoft Teams.

The addition represents an estimated 40% increase over each of its previous two fiscal quarters when it had added about 5,000 new paid customers per quarter.

Meanwhile, the outbreak of the coronavirus has led to the circulation of misinformation on various social media platforms, raising concerns about the sources of news.

As the coronavirus continues to affect hundreds of thousands of people around the world, there have been calls for the circulation of authentic information on platforms such as the Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

Governments, as well as medical officials, are going the extra mile to provide real-time information on the nature and spread of the virus.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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