Video conference app downloads skyrocket following coronavirus lockdown

A global shutdown of normal life that has seen hundreds of millions home quarantine has resulted in a huge spike in video conferencing apps being downloaded.

Downloads of video conferencing apps reached a record 62 million from March 14 to March 21, according to a report by App Anni. The record figure is 90 per cent higher than the weekly average for video conferencing apps 12 months ago.

Google’s Hangouts Meet, ZOOM Cloud Meetings, and Microsoft Teams posted the most increases in downloads.

All three have recently made changes to their respective services to include free access, with Google offering the premium perks of Hangouts Meet accessible to all, free of charge.

ZOOM has also provided free access to K-12 students, while Microsoft Teams now comes with a free six-month trial period.