Microsoft finally reveals exactly how many people are Slack competitors using Microsoft Teams. The software maker says that more than 13 million people use Microsoft Teams daily, along with more than 19 million weekly active users. This is the first time that Microsoft has revealed an active number of users and the company's last update was that 500,000 organizations were using the service again in March.
This figure is above the more than 10 million people who use Slack every day. Slack revealed its 10 million daily active user numbers earlier this year, and it used the same figure in April in a financial application. The edge Slack asked for an update from active users, but the company is in a quiet period after the first public offer (IPO), so there are no new numbers.
Anyway, Microsoft would like to let everyone know that it has passed slack. It is certainly an achievement after only two years since the launch of Teams, but Microsoft Teams versus Slack is not a clear match. Microsoft bundles Teams with its Office 365 subscriptions for companies, while Slack is a separate paid service. That gives Microsoft a clear advantage for certain types of companies, but Slack still wins the hearts of small businesses and startups who are satisfied with Google's G Suite rather than relying on Word, Excel and Outlook.
Microsoft has aggressively pushed teams and these active user numbers are coming just like the company is going to Las Vegas next week for its annual partner conference. Recent reports have suggested that Microsoft's sales teams are committed to allowing people to use Teams in the course of next year so that we could see that Microsoft was making even more progress with these daily active user numbers as the company continues to publish them publicly.
In addition to the user numbers, Microsoft is also providing an update today on some new Teams functions. Priority notifications are available later this month and these ping a recipient on their phone or desktop every two minutes until there is a response. Microsoft focuses on this in editorial offices or hospitals where urgent responses are needed. Read receipts will also be available later this month.
Cross-channel messages will also be available soon and this month channel moderation is coming. An announcement function that allows team members to highlight news in a channel is available today.
Microsoft has gradually adjusted Teams over the past two years, and the big change was a free version that was introduced last year. Teams also received some impressive new features in March and are regularly updated. Although Microsoft discourages internal Slack use and even prohibits the free version, Slack has not been idle. Slack bridges e-mail to its chat service and adds a number of useful integrations, including Zoom and even Microsoft's Office 365 service.
Microsoft could see Slack as a major competition in an area it has generally dominated, and it is clear that a few years ago Slack was worried about the Microsoft Teams. However, the two services are very different and serve different customers. Clearly there is room for both, and a little healthy competition only results in better features for both apps in the long run.