Microsoft: 40 Million People Are Now Using Skype Daily

Posted on March 30, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Skype with 22 Comments

Microsoft quietly revealed some new numbers for Skype usage today. The company shared some new milestones for Skype along with the launch of its new consumer-focused version of Teams.

Microsoft says Skype has seen “significant increases” in Skype usage recently. The announcement comes just a day after Microsoft announced an incredible 775% increase in its cloud usage.

Today, Microsoft announced that Skype is being used by 40 million people daily. The number of people using Skype daily has seen a 70% increase since last month. Microsoft has also experienced a 220% increased in Skype-to-Skype calling minutes in the last month.

“Staying connected with our loved ones has never been more important than it is right now. We’re pleased to offer tools like Skype to help people to stay in touch with family and friends through chat and video calling. Recently, we have seen significant increases in Skype usage,” said Microsoft.

Microsoft announced recently that its Teams service had 44 million daily active users.

With apps like WhatsApp and FaceTime becoming more popular in recent times, it seems like Skype is still incredibly popular, at least according to Microsoft. With more people continuing to stay home due to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s likely the number of people using services like Skype and Microsoft Teams is only going to increase.

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Comments (22)

22 responses to “Microsoft: 40 Million People Are Now Using Skype Daily”

  1. reformedctrlz

    I feel like Skype has the advantage of being better on a PC/Laptop, while WhatsApp/FaceTime are better on Mobile

    • jp_accetta

      In reply to ReformedCtrlZ:

      It's a good point that's not always talked about. You can have Skype everywhere, where WhatsApp, for example, is relegated to just your phone. You can mirror chats on webapp for convinience, but not so for video calls.

  2. BoItmanLives

    MICROSOFT: "Pardon the interruption to people dying and the world on lockdown and everything but SKYPE USAGE IS JUST INCREDIBLE RIGHT NOW!!"


    f*cling idiots flexing at a time like this


    • Paul Thurrott

      If this is your bar, then every non-health and food company should just shut down right now, I guess. Apple just released new iPad Pros and MacBook Airs. Please feel free to policy all news stories that bother you.
    • hansolo

      In reply to BoItmanLives:

      please share your opinion about the rest of the web services connecting people and sharing the numbers

    • bluvg

      In reply to BoItmanLives:

      Skype is connecting people around the world during a crisis; they're sharing numbers showing the impact of a service that's helping in a time like this.


      What does a comment like that help in a time like this?

  3. hansolo

    Meanwhile the Xbox app is finally ditching electron for UWP

    • hansolo

      In reply to hansolo:


      so who downvoted me is clearly upset that the new app is 300mb instead of 600mb, it uses 300mb of ram instead of 1.5gb of ram ... Can you kindly technically explain why you don't like this?

  4. awright18

    Honestly curious if that is just Skype or if they count Teams Video as Skype as well or if its just Skype + Skype for Business?

  5. madthinus

    Lets be honest, 40 million is not a lot. 1 billion Windows 10 Users, 2.5 Billion Andriod users and 1 Billion iOS users. Not a great achievement, considering the age of the app. This platform has not grown in a decade.

  6. yoshi

    And 38 million of them don't even know they're signed into it on their Windows 10 machine.

  7. robmaeyaert

    I am sorry for anyone that has to rely on Skype.

  8. Chris_Kez

    300 million was monthly users, and it is a pretty old number; who knows what that count is now. This 40 million is daily users.

  9. bart

    So, with 300 million Skype accounts (according to MS), Skype usage increase of 70% to 40 million, means 260 million accounts are 'dead'?

  10. bluvg

    I still find Skype easily the best (now that they resolved earlier issues), if only for COMPUTER support (not reliance on a mobile app, like LINE, etc... ugh!!) and the animated smilies/emoji. Some of these apps have nearly useless and indistinguishable emoji beyond the basic smiley-face, sad-face, etc. Skype's animated smilies express a wide variety of emotions CLEARLY and across cultures. After the death of Yahoo Messenger (which was also great in this regard), it is the only platform I've found that does it nearly as well. It is an important feature to avoid miscommunication with informal, quick IM.