In addition to services streaming, which have seen a huge increase in their use due to coronavirus, and cloud computing services have been burdened by pandemic. As the company stated in one blog post on Saturday, Microsoft Azure has seen a staggering increase in usage, over 775% in areas where it has been implemented quarantine.
Azure Cloud not only hosts virtual machines, but others servicessuch as Microsoft Teams, PowerBI and Windows Virtual Desktop.
Η Microsoft saw a significant increase in the use of Teams software as users made over 900 million minutes of calls a day in just one week. Now its an alternative Slack, is one of the most popular communication platforms used by 44 million users. Similarly, Windows Virtual Desktop saw its usage numbers increase by 3 times.
Obviously, this huge growth has surpassed both the company's expectations and its business capabilities. For this reason and in order to balance the situation, Microsoft has made a number of changes.
Initially the company has reduced the resolution of Teams videos, and has made other changes such as reducing user login controls. The tech giant has just announced new features for it Teams, such as a filter that will remove background sounds when a video call is made.
Microsoft Azure in the fight against COVID-19
Microsoft has announced that it will prioritize services in cloud for immediate action teams, healthcare services, medical supply systems, health bots etc.
There are some temporary restrictions, which include limiting the number of free benefits, to maintain cloud capacity for existing customers.
There will also be a limit on some resources for new subscribers. However, the users can make support requests to increase resources or switch to a less crowded Azure area if their requirements are not met.
The company said it was working to increase the capacity of Azure Cloud services and that the changes would soon be apparent. As he also claimed, despite the huge increase in the use of services, no particular problems have been observed in their operation.
Because millions of people are now working from home, which has generally increased its use Internet, the company is also trying to ensure that the services Gaming do not disturb the important tasks. It is constantly monitoring Xbox Live to keep up with the times.
Microsoft is not the only company struggling to balance its online services. Recently, YouTube, along with other streaming services, has reduced video quality to offset increased usage.