Microsoft Unveils “Work Trend Index” Report

Microsoft today released its first Work Trend Index report. The research gains insights from Microsoft Graph that analyzes productivity trends across trillions of signals and observe how remote working scenarios are changing the way people connect with each other. The company’s aim to share these insights, while safeguarding personal and organizational data, is to empower its customers to learn from the bright spots and plan for the future.  

The research found a new daily record of 2.7 billion meeting minutes in one day. That’s an increase of 200% from 900 million in mid-March, showcasing the increase in demand for technology that both connects and fuels secure productivity. And as students and teachers turn to Teams for distance learning, there are 183,000 tenants in 175 countries using Teams for Education.

“We are glad to see that our technology is helping these organizations continue their important work.” Said Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365. “At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every individual and every organization on the planet to achieve more. And at a moment like this, when we are all adjusting to a new normal, it’s never felt more important to help connect more people and keep more organizations up and running with secure tools. Although the way we work has changed, our customers show us every day that our drive to connect to one another is so often stronger than the circumstances that keep us apart.”

The report also finds a 1000% growth in total number of video calls during March with people turning on video in Teams Meeting 2x times. And the number of Stream videos in Teams per week has increased over five times in the last month with hundreds of hours of video uploaded per minute. As organizations aim to continue operations, Microsoft has also seen a considerable increase in Teams usage on mobile devices such as a phone or tablet. The number of weekly Teams mobile users grew more than 300 percent from early February to March 31. 

Microsoft also added two new features to Teams today. An end meeting option for meeting organizers and the ability to download participant reports.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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