Teams Just Blew Past Slack, New Features Imminent

Andrew Cummings
July 14, 2019

Along with the release of user numbers, Microsoft also announced a number of new features from Teams.

While ETR's study is just a slice of the overall business market, it does cover a fair bit of ground, as around 900 CIOs and other high-level enterprise IT decision makers have already provided their opinions (with more to come) - and that includes nearly every Fortune 100 company, and the best part of 40% of the Fortune 500.

Teams Improvements Teams is getting a few upcoming improvements, according to Microsoft's Thursday announcement. The quantity rises to 19 million when taking a look at weekly active users. Given its latest milestones, Microsoft Teams is likely now more popular than its rival. Note that in January, Teams only had about 8 million daily active users - indicating that it's only picked up the pace since Slack made its announcement.

The Shure devices that are set to work with Microsoft Teams include the company's line-up of microphones and digital signal processing products. "We really feel like that growth is based on a unique value proposition". Read Also: Why Bill Gates says Microsoft losing on Android as his "greatest mistake" "At the centre of Microsoft 365 is Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork that combines chat, video meetings, calling, and files into a single, integrated app", said Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365. This means that plenty of companies large and small have access to Teams as part of a service that they're already paying for, which could give a leg up.

Microsoft Corp. has announced new investments in technologies and programs created to support its partner ecosystem. Avanade, an Accenture-Microsoft joint-venture partner, is among those that said clients are looking to deploy or expand their use of Teams. Sometime this month, end users will get the ability to mark time-sensitive messages with a new "Priority Notifications" feature, which will be capable of "pinging a recipient every two minutes on their mobile and desktop until a response is received".

Microsoft also outrightly bans its own employees from using Slack, Geekwire reported last month. These features both roll out this month. Moderators can also manage what is posted in channels and if posts can have replies.

Employers will probably love the fact that a new Time Clock feature will allow employees to clock in and out, including for breaks. Managers have the option to turn on a location feature that allows them to see if an employee clocked in at the designated worksite.

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