The corporate vice president for Microsoft 365 Jeff Teper is exceptionally ambitious about the Office 365 chat-based tool, the company’s answer to Facebook Workplace and Slack. Teper aims that Teams get bigger than Microsoft Windows in the long run.
Teper expressed his thoughts on an interview post the Build 2020 Developer conference, where Microsoft detailed the business developers about the new features and tools to build Apps for Teams.
Microsoft Teams to get bigger than Windows in Long Run
Being one of the fastest-growing apps for Microsoft, even before the pandemic lockdown, there was an increased demand for remote working applications. Till April 2020, Microsoft Teams had more than 75 Million daily active users. The number increased by 70 percent in just six weeks.
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A whopping 200 million meeting participants were recorded for teams in one day with more than 4.1 billion meeting minutes in April.
Speaking about the scope of Teams in the market
“First, we start from a customer standpoint,” Jeff Teper said. “There are a billion people using Windows and Office, so there are a billion people who should be using our cloud services, mobile applications, and desktop applications. And then part of the reason we’re excited about Teams is that it can be used by people involved in business processes which may never have been traditional Office customers.”
Teams a platform for developers
“Teams is a shell, a platform for building collaborative applications and integrating them in and creating enormous opportunity for partners to build solutions for customers and frankly make money investing in building their applications on Teams. We’ve had a 750% growth of apps inside Teams [over the last year]. Seeing solutions for health care, education, manufacturing being built on Teams is that thing that I think maybe not everybody appreciates that we’re trying to focus on now. “
Teams is a Gamechanger
“Everything from the Power Apps supports to Visual Studio support, how people deploy applications. That’s the big thing that is the game changer versus the alternatives in the industry out there. So, we’re going to help organizations solve their specific problems, not just give them general-purpose tools.”
Teams is a platform for both enterprises and consumers.
“We also recognize, as we’ve done with Windows and OneDrive, that while the core product should be the same, we really should streamline it for those consumer scenarios,” Teper continued referring to make Teams a platform for both businesses and generic users.
Big plans for Teams
“We also have an effort called moonshots, which are sort of big, crazy, bolder things we’d like to do in Teams,” Teper said. “If even one out of five of those pays off, we’ll have some pretty amazing things in the next couple of years.”