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Microsoft Groups could have solely been round for 2 years, however the group-chat platform is already bigger than one among its important opponents. Microsoft introduced that Groups has greater than 13 million each day energetic customers. The quantity rises to 19 million when taking a look at weekly energetic customers. Meaning the service is now formally greater than Slack, an impartial platform for on-line chatting and collaboration.

That is probably the most particular Microsoft has gotten but with details about its group-chatting platform. The one different replace the corporate gave was again in March, when it revealed that 500,000 organizations had been utilizing the service.

Along with the viewers information, Microsoft shared some upcoming options for Groups. Right this moment, it’s rolling out what it is calling “bulletins,” which permits essential information to be highlighted in a channel. It plans to roll out channel moderation and precedence notifications, which can ping a recipient each two minutes till a response is made, later this month. Lastly, cross-channel posting shall be coming “quickly.”

Microsoft launched Groups to customers on Workplace 365 subscriptions in March 2017 after which added a free model in July 2018. The service has been pitched as a alternative for Slack ever since launch. Catching up so shortly in viewers dimension over two years when Slack has been round since August 2013 is a feather in Microsoft’s cap and could also be a motive why it has opted to attend so lengthy to announce any numbers about Groups.

Regardless of the apparent comparisons, Microsoft and Slack have loads of situations the place they don’t seem to be focusing on the identical audiences. Microsoft has a longtime repute amongst enterprise companies, and being part of the Workplace 365 suite makes it a most well-liked selection for teams which are already working in that ecosystem. For smaller organizations, and even giant ones that rely extra on Google techniques, Slack stays another.


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