Who can win the video war

Posted on Feb 22, 2019 2021 at 17:00

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The confinements marked their forced adoption. Video conferencing applications have been a real personal, but above all, professional lifeline. They have imposed themselves in the life of the company at the same time as teleworking and have enabled business continuity plans in all service sectors. And without them, the Queen of England would never have been able to celebrate her 94th birthday with her family.

So we are well on our way to not being able to do without them and this whets appetites across the Atlantic from which the current products are mainly derived. Zoom, Teams, Webex and other challengers are struggling to maintain their advantage in a sector that is already experiencing spectacular buyouts, massive fundraisers, giant capital increases and sci-fi innovations.

The current darling Zoom now has 433,000 paying users worldwide. A comfortable mattress for a product that was previously quite confidential. The company’s stock price quintupled between February and August 2020. Microsoft’s product, Teams, is also making good progress. It has gone from 44 million active users per day before the first lockdown to 115 million today. At the same time, surprisingly, the precursor Skype is the big loser, left behind because of less advanced technology.

The Story is a podcast of “Echoes” presented by Pierrick Fay. This episode was recorded in February 2021. Editor in chief: Clémence Lemaistre. Guest: Isabelle Lesniak (journalist with “Echos Week-End”). Director: Willy Ganne. Music: Théo Boulenger. Graphic identity: Upian. Photo: Shutterstock. Sounds: Tripp and Tyler, Les Barbouzes (1964), France 2, Itv News, Harmonie Echo du Grenand, Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais, The Independent, Miwiboo, Ca suffices, Ina.

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