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Conference call apps, new tech and increased demand in the middle of the corona virus outbreak

(Reuters) – the Global downloads of apps such as Tencent Conference with the WeChat Tools, Zoom-in, the Microsoft Teams, and the Weak have risen nearly five times since the beginning of the year, the data showed, such as the corona virus outbreak is changing the way businesses operate.

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Although these apps are pulled up to 1.4 million new users in the App Store and Google Play during the first week of January, which percentage soared up to a record of 6.7 million in the first week of March, according to app analytics firm Sensor Tower.

The outbreak, which reached worldwide pandemic status of this week, companies have been forced to rely heavily on the business and conferencing tools as well as workers to stop commuting to the office.

These services can range from video-conferencing applications, such as Zoom and Google Hangouts to Meet in order to cutting-edge tools that are inspired by the “Star Wars” in order to ensure that the work is at a distance much more manageable.

Some of these services, such as Rumii, and Spatial, that allows users to attend one of the meetings in a digital room, where they will be able to see and interact with digitized 3-D versions of their co-workers.

Zoom Video Communications, Inc. has been a daily active customer base grew by 67 per cent since the start of January, data from Apptopia showed. Analysts, however, caution that does not each and every business app you would see a financial benefit from the increase in demand.

“Most of them have a freemium version as well, so why should users have to pay when they can use free of charge,” the Top Insights Group-analyst Jonathan Kees said, pointing to services such as Microsoft’s Teams are in and Out, which recently expanded its free offering.

Zoom to last week told me that he had seen a jump in usage, but added that it was premature to say whether or not these users will turn into paying customers.

The company’s shares surged by more than 60% since the beginning of the year, even as the broader markets have been volatile on fears that the fast-spreading virus that can lead to a global recession.

VIRTUAL REALITY

Rumii, virtual reality in education and training platform by Doghead Made, it will cost $14.99 per month per user, last week it began offering its services, free of charge, after notice of an increase in the use of it as the feline corona virus spread in the United States of america.

The New York-based, augmented-reality software company, Spatial, and saw the use of the service is double that of the previous month.

The spatial and Chief Executive Officer, Anand Agarawala, said that the corona virus concerns have led to a 400% increase in requests for permits in the last month, and a 50% increase in usage over the past few weeks.

Some analysts say that with the accelerated adoption of business apps, which can’t be dismissed as a blip.

“We are of the opinion that some of these changes may be irreversible, and when there is (hopefully) back to normal,” DA Davidson’s analyst, Rishi Jaluria said.

“And you’ll see more and more companies that have those technologies and to use them on a regular basis. Therefore, the advantage is more long-term in nature.”

Reporting Akanksha Rana, Bengaluru, and Arriana McLymore, in New York; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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