Researchers Report Surge in Teleconference Apps Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Global downloads of business apps along with Tencent Conference, WeChat Work, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Slack have risen practically fivefold since the start of the year, information showed, as the coronavirus epidemic changes how corporations work.

Researchers Report Surge in Teleconference Apps Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

While such applications got 1.4 million new users across the App Store and Google Play in the first week of January, that tally jumped to a record 6.7 million in the first week of March, based on app analytics firm Sensor Tower.

The epidemic, which became global pandemic status this week, has forced firms to rely closely on business conferencing tools as employees stop commuting to offices.

These services vary from video conferencing apps such as Zoom and Google Hangouts Meet to cutting edge tools impressed by “Star Wars” to make remote work more manageable.

Some of these newer services, such as Rumi and Spatial, which let users attend conferences in digital rooms where they’ll see and interact with digitized 3D versions of their coworkers.

Zoom Video Communications’ daily active user base grew by 67% since early January, data from Apptopia showed. Analysts, nevertheless, warn that not every business app would see a corresponding financial gain from the demand hike.

Zoom last week stated it had seen a leap in utilization; however, it added it was early to say whether such customers will convert into paying prospects.

Shares of the corporate have surged over 60% since the starting of this year, even as broader markets have been risky on fears that the fast-spreading coronavirus may result in a global recession.