Slack messaging software reaches a record number of active users as employees work from home anywhere
Slack messaging software reaches record number of active users as employees all over the world work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic
- Slack messaging software has reached a record number of active users
- The instant messaging software now has 12.5 million active users
- That’s an increase from 2.5 million active users in the past 10 days
- The wave is probably caused by waves from people who work from home
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Software that enables remote working has faced unprecedented demand, as more and more people become isolated as a result of an ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to founder of Slack Technologies, a popular work-from-home software that allows people to communicate with each other through instant messaging, millions of active users have flooded the service in just over a week, breaking a company record.
On Twitter, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield said that the number of concurrent users increased from 10.5 million on March 16 to 12.5 million on March 25.
Slack says it has hit an unprecedented number of daily active users as people isolate themselves in their homes and are forced to work from home
Butterfield also said that from February 1 to March 25, Slack added 9,000 new paid customers and that average Slack usage increased by about 20 percent over the same period.
Likewise, Slack’s competitor, Microsoft Teams, has seen a wave of daily active users, reaching 12 million last week – up from 1 million users.
While Microsoft Teams still has a substantial lead over the company with 44 million active users, Slack has conquered its own niche in the remote working market.
As noted by The Verge, Slack was selected by technology giant IBM to facilitate the communication of its more than 330,000 employees.
What effect the influx of users will have on those services and whether they can cope with the increased user base remains to be seen.
Online gamers are among the people who tax the Internet and cause service interruptions
An influx of remote workers has caused problems for many technology companies around the world as they face unprecedented demand.
Among them are giants like Netflix who saw outages worldwide this week, preventing users in Europe and the US from streaming content.
In addition, game services such as Xbox Live and Nintendo online have also seen major outages due to people isolating themselves in their homes.