2021 will be the year of Microsoft Teams

Satya Nadella says 2021 will be the year of Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has great ambitions for his company’s video conferencing software Microsoft Teams in 2021, hoping to build on last year’s success. The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic led to a huge surge in popularity for the likes of Teams, Zoom, Cisco’s Webex, and other similar digital tools.

Now, in an interview with the Financial Times, Nadella has outlined his vision for turning Teams into a “digital platform as significant as the internet browser.” Ultimately, collaboration tools like Teams could serve as the glue that holds the digital work environment together, offering meetings, chat applications, and other programs through a single, unified interface.

Nadella’s hopes for Teams would probably not be quite so ambitious if not for the coronavirus pandemic, which forced many businesses to adopt digital collaboration tools in order to remain functioning while social distancing measures were implemented. By the end of September, for example, the number of daily active Teams users reached 115 million, a rise of more than 100 million compared to the year previous.