Microsoft Teams, a new chat-based workspace in Office 365 that brings together people, conversations and content to facilitate collaboration—gained the momentum in just three months of its launch, “with 30,000 organizations across 145 markets and 19 languages actively used Teams,” announced Microsoft CEO in last Thursday’s quarterly earnings call.
The growth of Teams can be attributed to the high number of Office 365 subscribers, as it’s included with all Enterprise E1, E3, and E5 plans, as well as Business Essentials and Business Premium. The company also drew attention to the fact that Office 365 now has 85–million monthly active commercial users—along with, 24.9 million consumer subscribers to the service.
The Teams in preview was announced last year in November, as a competitor to Slack, and it’s slated for a general availability this current quarter. Microsoft says, they’re on track to meet the deadline.
Even though it’s in preview, the company has delivered many exciting features since launch including built-in audio calling on mobile and named group chats, an easy way to keep track of the context of a conversation.
IT administrators interested in the preview, can start with Microsoft Teams in the Office 365 Admin Portal should visit this link.
The company also noted, their preview customers are telling them, that although “Microsoft Teams is itself compelling, but its integration with Office 365, can be a massive game-changer.”
Further, they said new compliance and reporting capabilities releasing into Microsoft Teams in the coming weeks, “will ensure employees can communicate and collaborate from anywhere, while keeping sensitive corporate information secure”—all built on the Office 365 global, hyper-scale enterprise cloud.
Adding further the company said, with positive response to intelligent bots, they’ll deliver WhoBot, at the general availability of Microsoft Teams.
“‘WhoBot’, powered by LUIS.ai, uses natural language processing to help learn about experts in an organization—to answer questions like, Who in our group knows about the Australia sales numbers?” “This is just one example of what will be possible with the power of the Microsoft Teams utilizing the Microsoft Graph,” writes the company.
See the infographic by Microsoft of Teams Markets: