Microsoft Shares Momentum Numbers Behind Their Microsoft Teams Service

This week Microsoft shared some details about how companies are beginning to adopt their new Microsoft Teams service which is part of Office 365.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

January 31, 2017

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Microsoft Shares Momentum Numbers Behind Their Microsoft Teams Service

Microsoft Teams was announced by Microsoft in November 2016 during a special Office event the Redmond company held in New York City.

Details about the service started to leak out ahead of time and those tidbits were enough to prompt Slack, a team based chat and collaboration service provider, to even take out a full page ad in the New York Times to welcome Microsoft to the team collaboration business.

The service is still in preview for Office 365 subscribers and any IT administrator who wants to try this out for their company can do so  through the Admin Portal on Office 365

This week Microsoft shared some of the numbers behind Microsoft Teams and even in preview it is getting a lot of use.

The preview has been available since last November's announcement however, in the last 30 days alone the service has been used in 145 different markets by over 30,000 organizations and in 19 different languages.

It is likely these numbers will continue to go up based on Microsoft's growing Office 365 subscriber base. Last week, during their second quarter financial earnings call, the company reported their earnings had increased for the service by 47% compared to the same quarter a year earlier.

According to Microsoft's Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate VP for Office, the Office 365 commercial service has 85 million active monthly users so there is plenty of room for expanding the Microsoft Team service.

Koenigsbauer added that Microsoft Teams is still on track for general availability later this quarter.


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Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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