Microsoft officials have been providing updates on how the company has been working to increase cloud capacity since the start of the global pandemic. On June 16, Microsoft shared some more specifics about what it has been doing on this front, including some information on how it has been endeavoring to shore up its Azure-based Teams service as demand grew sharply starting this spring.
Officials had already talked about Microsoft’s prioritization of demand from first responders, healthcare workers, and other front line workers. They had shared details about some of the less-essential services they throttled. And they also had publicly acknowledged that supply chain challenges led to a shortage of some needed datacenter components, further contributing to issues meeting some cloud demands.
Today, officials said Microsoft datacenter employees have been working in round-the-clock shifts to install new servers (while staying at least six feet