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Microsoft Azure cloud service demand spikes 775% over coronavirus

Update: Microsoft has clarified its earlier statement, correcting it as follows:

“We have seen a 775 percent increase in Teams’ calling and meeting monthly users in a one month period in Italy, where social distancing or shelter in place orders have been enforced.”

Original story: Microsoft Azure cloud service demand has risen 775% due to the coronavirus, a Microsoft Azure blog has declared.

“We have seen a 775 percent increase of our cloud services in regions that have enforced social distancing or shelter in place orders,” the post reads, also confirming that there’s been a “very significant spike in Teams usage” to the tune of 44 million daily users.

Windows Virtual Desktop use has tripled, while “Government use of public Power BI to share COVID-19 dashboards with citizens has surged by 42 percent in a week,” Microsoft also confirmed.

The blog notes that cloud services demand has risen the most in Europe, UK, France, Asia, India and Brazil, and that despite demand “we have not had any significant service disruptions.”

You can read the full update here.

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