February 3 is the first working day after the Spring Festival holiday. Affected by the virus, nearly 200 million people across the country work from home. A large number of employees began to download and use remote working apps such as Ding Talk and enterprise WeChat.
The rapid rise of telecommuting apps
On February 5, the demand for telecommuting continued to increase, making Ding Talk the most downloaded App in China, surpassing WeChat for the first time on the Apple App Store. On the stock market, a number of telecommuting stocks rose by the daily limit.
Apps such as Ding Talk, which were used as office aids before the outbreak of the coronavirus, are now a must for employees. However, a large number of users used the app in a short period of time, resulting in a series of problems, such as inability to log in, unable to send and receive messages, etc. The spokesperson of Ding Talk said that they had noticed the rapid rise of user data, and they had set up a special team to ensure the stable operation of the app.
Enterprise WeChat has also announced that it will increase the number of remote meetings from 100 to 300 to allow users to work efficiently online. Ding Talk said it would offer free video conferencing and free telecommuting to more than 10 million companies.
Other apps, such as Tencent docs, have also opened telecommuting and audio conferencing services on a large scale in response to users’ demands for telecommuting.
The future development trend of telecommuting apps in China
Telecommuting is not a new concept. The popularity of telecommuting is high in Europe and the United States. Statistics show that more than 80% of companies in the United States support telecommuting.
In the current situation in China, enterprises’ demand for remote working is soaring, and all apps have launched free service systems to accelerate the cultivation of users’ usage habits.
According to one survey, only 1.8 million employees in China used telecommuting in 2005. Since 2012, there has been a massive increase in the number of telecommuters in China, with a growth rate of 68.07%. The outbreak of the virus could accelerate the spread of telecommuting in China and become a major trend for 5G applications in 2020.
Telecommuting is not limited by geographic space and can greatly improve work flexibility. The outbreak of the coronavirus has accelerated the spread of telecommuting in China. Cloud office is entering a mature period, which is the best time for suppliers to promote apps.