Microsoft is forced to tweak its cloud services after seeing a 775 PERCENT demand increase due to coronavirus isolation measures
- Microsoft has seen a surge in its cloud services due to coronavirus isolation
- The company says its cloud services have surged 775 percent in affected areas
- As a result it will alter services to maintain cloud capabilities
- Namely, it will remove customer gamerpics for Xbox Live players
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Microsoft has seen a meteoric rise in the usage of its cloud services as the novel coronavirus forces people around the world to stay home.
According to the company, services across the gamut have seen a dramatic uptick in usage, including Windows Virtual Desktop which saw more than three times more usage, and record numbers across Microsoft Teams, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live, and Mixer.
Microsoft says there are now 44 million daily users of the app and 20 customers have more than 100,000 users signed in to the remote teamwork service
‘We have seen a 775 percent increase of our cloud services in regions that have enforced social distancing or shelter in place orders,’ explains Microsoft in an Azure blog post.
As a result, the tech giant says that it will tweak services in order to cope with the exponential demand increase, including turning off custom gamerpics for Xbox Live.
‘To streamline moderation and ensure the best experience for our community, we’re making small adjustments,’ writes Microsoft in the post.
‘We’ve temporarily turned off the ability to upload custom gamerpics, club pics, and club backgrounds.’
Microsoft has already said that it will attempt to preserve its cloud capacity for first responders and other emergency services.
It also is responsible for maintaining its Teams service that tens of millions of people use to connect with employees and coordinate as they work from home.
Likewise, competitors like Sony announced last week that it’s docking the speed of PlayStation download times in an effort to help preserve internet capacity for other users.
Online gamers who are trying to while away the hours in self-isolation during the day from Monday to Friday could be frustrating fellow network users who are trying to get work done
According to a blog post from the tech giant, it’s working with internet service providers to slow the game speeds in the US after previously taking the measure in Europe.
‘We believe it is important to do our part to address internet stability concerns as an unprecedented number of people are practicing social distancing and are becoming more reliant on internet access,’ wrote the company in a statement.
The measure will look to mitigate the effects of an influx of online gamers driven by an ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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