Microsoft Aims to Meet ‘New Demand’ of People Working From Home
Manufacturers are turning on a dime to implement new best practices to combat the fallout from the coronavirus. In the tech world, computer software manufacturer Microsoft is aiming to meet a “new demand” caused by office closings and more people working from home as part of social distancing to slow the virus.
According to the news website Axios, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft is taking on new roles to keep government, business and education up and running as more employees work at home, which has increased the demand for Office applications and the assistance of Microsoft team members.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told Axiom that overall activation of Windows 365 has increased significantly. “I don’t think, you know, one month ago I would have thought of ‘work from home’ as a complete new scenario with the type of spikes we have today,” he said, noting that the shift from company-based servers to the cloud has prepared the economy to handle the increase in people working from home during normal circumstances and during the coronavirus crisis.
“I think we are so much better equipped today,” Nadella told Axiom. “But clearly the spikes we are seeing are pretty unprecedented, right? This was not a growth that we had looked at and planned in any spreadsheet or any model we had even a month ago.”