What you need to know
- Microsoft Teams is reportedly used by 100 million students.
- A Microsoft manager reportedly discussed the figure during a meeting with Microsoft employees.
- The number of students using Teams has reportedly increased by 30 million since September 2020.
Microsoft Teams continues to grow within the education market. According to Business Insider, Eran Megiddo, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Windows Product & Education, told Microsoft employees that 100 million students are now using Microsoft Teams at a recent all-hands meeting. That figure shows an increase of 30 million students since the start of the 2020 school year in September last year.
Microsoft has not publicly shared how many students have recently been using Microsoft Teams. However, it stated that “more than 200 million students, faculty, institutional leaders, and teachers are actively using Microsoft Education products – with Microsoft Teams for Education as the linchpin” when it announced several affordable Windows 10 PCs for education.
It’s hard to determine how many people use Microsoft Teams as a whole and other numbers related to Teams. Microsoft stated that Teams had 115 million daily active users in October, but has not shared an update since. Based on the recent report of how many people use Teams in education, it seems that the total number of users has increased significantly since October.
According to Business Insider, Megiddo also discussed how Windows PCs are struggling to compete with Chromebooks in some areas, stating:
In many cases, when schools buy Chromebooks or Windows PCs, Chromebooks are still faster and cheaper, they are easier to deploy and manage… We’ve got our work done.
Microsoft is trying to compete in education in different ways. The upcoming Windows 10X operating system is launched with devices primarily focused on the education and business market.