Groups, Microsoft’s two-year-old Slack competitor, is the corporate’s fastest-growing software in its historical past. That’s one thing Microsoft has stated prior to now, however for the primary time, Microsoft right now additionally introduced precise person numbers for the service forward of its Encourage companion convention subsequent week. Groups now has 13 million lively day by day customers, Microsoft stated, and 19 million weekly lively customers. Microsoft additionally right now stated that Groups is now in use by 91 of the Fortune 100 firms.
The corporate isn’t afraid of placing these numbers up in opposition to Slack, which IPOed just a few weeks in the past. Jared Spataro, Microsoft Company VP for Microsoft 365, doesn’t point out Slack by identify in his weblog put up, however the firm put collectively a bit graphic that clearly reveals why it’s now prepared to share these numbers.
The final official quantity from Slack is that it had 10 million day by day lively customers in January. With out replace numbers from Slack, it’s exhausting to say if Groups now has extra customers, however until Slack’s development accelerated in current months, that’s most likely the case.
Along with disclosing these numbers, Microsoft additionally introduced a variety of updates to Groups that vary from options like precedence notifications, which take the annoyance of chat notifications to a brand new degree by pinging you each two minutes till you reply, to learn receipts, new moderation and cross-posting choices for Groups channels and a time clock characteristic that lets workers clock out and in of labor shifts proper from the Groups cell apps.
As a result of Encourage is an occasion for Microsoft companions, it doesn’t come as a shock that Microsoft can be launching a number of new Groups options that contain its resellers and different companions. These embrace the flexibility to combine groups with compliance recording companions like ASC, NICE and Verint Verba, in addition to a contact heart answer in partnership with Five9, Good InContact and others. Crucial of those bulletins, although, is definitely the truth that Microsoft is launching a brand new partner-led Groups trial (PDF) that may allow Microsoft 365 companions to supply a free six-month trial of Groups to clients on the Change-only or Workplace 365 Marketing strategy. It will certainly bolster Microsoft’s person numbers for Groups within the coming months, too.