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Microsoft says Skype users surge amid coronavirus outbreak

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FILE PHOTO: The Microsoft logo is pictured ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Monday its video calling platform Skype saw a 70% jump in usage in the last week of March from a month earlier, as more people shift to working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The platform is being used by 40 million people, the company said in a blog post, adding that Skype-to-Skype calling minutes jumped 220% from a month earlier.


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