Microsoft Teams has become the fastest growing service in Microsoft’s history. At the end of April, Microsoft Teams had 75 million active daily users, up from a staggering 44 million the previous month. Of course, much of the increase in the number of active users is due to the demand for telecommuting in this outbreak, and it also suggests that Microsoft’s efforts to teams over the past two years have finally paid off.
In a recent interview with VentureBeat, Jeff Teper, vice president of corporate technology at Microsoft 365, said he hoped Microsoft Teams would continue to grow rapidly, surpassing Windows.
Microsoft Teams is a very ambitious goal to be larger than Windows, but it should be achievable in the current trend. With more than 1 billion windows installed worldwide, Teams’ ultra-fast growth is likely to exceed that.
Microsoft itself acknowledges that Teams will somehow try to follow in the footsteps of Windows and evolve from a typical collaboration solution to a fully functional platform. Teper explains.
Microsoft Teams will be the next Windows. It will be a platform beyond the operating system, larger than Windows. Yes, we want people to be able to build Teams-based apps that run on iOS, Android, the web, Mac, and Windows. So, by this definition, Teams will eventually be a more ubiquitous platform, and over time it will become a more ubiquitous platform. It doesn’t eliminate the need for Windows, and…
We’re going to see strong growth, with hundreds of millions of people using Teams. At some point, the proportion of time people spend in online meetings is bound to fall. So, 4 billion minutes of meeting time a day, that will continue to grow. But at some point, that number will gradually flatten, because if they can meet in person, people don’t want to spend eight hours a day online. But as far as users are concerned, I am very optimistic that this number will continue to grow.