After nearly two years of its launch, Microsoft Teams has now reached 13 million daily active users. Early this year, Slack announced that it has 10 millions daily active users and I’m sure Slack would have not gained over 3 million new active users in the past 6 months. So, Microsoft Teams is now ahead of Slack and you can expect Teams to continue to widen its lead in the coming months. Microsoft also mentioned that more than 19 million people use Microsoft Teams weekly.
To celebrate this milestone, Microsoft today announced several new features that are coming to Teams, read about them below.
- Priority notifications alert recipients of time-sensitive messages, pinging a recipient every two minutes on their mobile and desktop until a response is received.
- Read receipts in chat displays an icon to indicate when a message you sent has been read by the recipient.
- Announcements allow team members to highlight important news in a channel and are a great way to kick off a new project, welcome a new colleague, or share results from a recent marketing campaign.
- Channel cross posting allows you to post a single message in multiple channels at the same time.
- Channel moderation allows moderators to manage what gets posted in a channel and whether a post accepts replies.
- The new time clock feature in the Teams Shifts module allows workers to clock in and out of their work shifts and breaks right from their Teams mobile app. Managers have the option to geo-fence a location to ensure team members are at the designated worksite when clocking in or out.
- Targeted communication allows team owners to message everyone in a specific role at the same time by @mentioning the role name in a post. For example, you could send a message to all cashiers in a store or all nurses in a hospital.
- The Teams client is now available to existing installations of Office 365 ProPlus on the Monthly Channel.
- Policy packages in the Teams admin center enable IT admins to apply a pre-defined set of policies across Teams functions, such as messaging and meetings, to employees based on the needs of their role.