Despite the social isolation imposed to combat COVID-19, we have continued communicating and chatting with people from our job, friends, or those we were going to meet. Video chats are one of the greatest technologies available to us. And during this pandemic crisis, there are many “winners,” as they say.
Video calling software is seeing record downloads and attracting more people than ever before. But not all have taken the opportunity in the same manner. Zoom and Microsoft Teams, two video call applications that were formerly just another choice, stand out among the many firms.
As of right now, video chat apps are among the most popular applications on Apple’s App Store and Google Play, according to recent statistics. Video call software has become one essential feature in today’s social media platforms.
But What Happened To These Apps During COVID-19?
Let’s take a deeper look at the most benefited apps:
Microsoft Teams has seen a dramatic increase in reported usage figures this week. According to recent statistics, the advent of teleworking has allowed the Microsoft platform to grow to 44 million daily active users. This statistic may not say anything, but it is remarkable given the previous ones.
In the early stages of COVID-19, Microsoft claimed that it had surpassed 20 million users, surpassing Slack. The following month they announced that their number had risen once again. A week later, and due to the coronavirus epidemic, Microsoft released new figures for the first time in over six months.
Microsoft Teams has revealed that they will improve the meeting experience and improve sound quality in real-time, attempting to eliminate background noise using artificial intelligence, taking advantage of the situation.
Zoom also announced that it would be providing its service for free to several institutions during this period.
According to a Forbes interview in 2020, Zoom has been the most popular app in every country throughout February and March, with downloads continuing to rise in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe.
During the weeks of March 15-21, ZOOM Cloud Meetings was downloaded 14 times more than the weekly average in the US, 20 times more in the UK, 22 times more in France, 17 times more in Germany, 27 times more in Spain, and 55x greater in Italy during Q4 2019.
According to Yuan, there are now about five times as many users, owing to quarantine policies.
Many businesses use Slack for no cost. The premium version of Slack is required if businesses wish to monitor what users are doing and create security standards, and the epidemic has aided Slack in converting individuals at the company level to paid subscribers. The pandemic has accelerated people’s desire to explore new technologies.
What’s The Future Of These Apps?
Teleworking is more present than ever, and in these circumstances, video call applications are the big winners.
Video conferencing platforms have the potential to drastically influence our daily routines, breaking down geographical barriers and allowing us to work and socialize more readily.
It’s an unprecedented time for the planet and a very fast-paced one for mobile – shifts in consumer behavior are emerging daily across virtually every sector.
As coronavirus charts a new direction for our mobile habits, we will continue to cover the significant influence on the mobile economy.