Hundreds of millions of people stay indoors and are isolated from each other in an effort to slow the spread of the epidemic coronavirus and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients. To stay in touch, people are turning to social networks such as Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram subsidiaries. Slack is a popular business chat app, and its rival, Microsoft Skype, has attracted millions of new users who want to keep in touch with colleagues while working from home.
Now, Microsoft says its video chat and call app Skype is also of great interest. The company says 40m people now use Skype every day, up 70 per cent from a month ago. The company said Skype-to-Skype calls also increased by 220 percent. The company said it had 200 million active users in the past six months.
Microsoft says it’s never been more important to keep in touch with loved ones. Microsoft is committed to promoting its search, device and modern life programs. Now, Skype has introduced the latest feature, called Meet Now, that allows people to create video parties through their web browserwith without forcing other participants to sign up or download software.
New data suggest that people are turning to technology as the virus has disrupted everyday life around the world. Hundreds of millions of people are under a government-mandated blockade and are forced to drop out of school and go home from work. As a result, they turned to video chat apps such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Apple’s FaceTime, Microsoft Teams and Skype.
On Sunday, the U.S. government extended its proposed social distance guidelines until at least April 30, meaning people are isolated for longer periods of time. They hope video chat services like Skype will continue to help fill the social void.