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Does Microsoft Teams Work Make the Dreams Work? Maybe Not for Legal and Compliance: eDiscovery Trends

This week’s post for IPRO’s blog addresses the boom in usage of Microsoft Teams and examines whether Microsoft Teams work makes the dreams work, especially when it comes to use cases for information governance and compliance.

The Teams Usage Boom

I’m sure it won’t surprise you that the usage of Teams is up considerably – especially since the pandemic.  How much has the usage of Teams risen?  According to the Osterman Research white paper Archiving and Data Protection with Microsoft Teams (sponsored by IPRO and available here), daily active users of Teams rose from 13 million in July 2019 to 115 million in October 2020.  That’s nearly a nine-fold increase in just 15 months!

Have we seen a similar rise in law firms?  You bet.  According to the ILTA 2020 Technology Survey (available here), out of 470 firms surveyed, 49% used Microsoft Teams for collaboration (compared to only 10% in 2018 and 20% in 2019).  That rises to 77% for the largest firms (700 attorneys or more).  Even in 2020 and the need for remote collaboration, the usage of Slack (6% of respondents) and Zoom (2% of respondents) pales in comparison to Teams usage among law firms.

But were legal and compliance professionals at the forefront of the decision to adopt Microsoft Teams?  And what are some of the legal and compliance considerations and concerns associated with Microsoft Teams?  You can find out on IPRO’s blog here. 😉  It’s just one more click!  You might be surprised!  😮

So, what do you think?  Does Microsoft Teams work make the dreams work for information governance and compliance?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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