Microsoft says Skype users surge 70% amid coronavirus outbreak

Microsoft says Skype users surge 70% amid coronavirus outbreak

The number of people using Microsoft’s Skype video calling system has risen by 70% to 40 million people in a month, as more people stay at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, the company said Monday.

Call minutes per Skype-to-Skype increased 220% from a month earlier, the company said in a blog post: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/03/ 30 / introducing -new-microsoft-365-personal-family plans. Microsoft added that it will be renaming its popular productivity suite Office 365 from April 21, with new features including a family safety app that will manage screen time on Windows PCs, Android and Xbox.

Stay-at-home stocks like video conference company Zoom Video Communications and various gaming stocks have grown tremendously lately, as millions of people are expected to stay in their homes for weeks or more. The company has also added new features to its Microsoft Teams, which are used by more than 44 million people every day, to promote the use of the workplace chat app to family and friends.

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