Tencent, Alibaba office apps find fans in virus-affected schools

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By Zheping Huang & Kari Lindberg

In coronavirus-hit China, demand for virtual office tools from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. is surging as the world’s largest work-from-home experiment gets into full swing.

But there’s one surprising source of new users—the country’s teachers and students. With schools shut or delaying reopening to curb the spread of the virus, educators are increasingly turning to workplace technology, adapting it for instruction purposes.

Tencent and Alibaba have in past years steadily built out their office apps as part of an overall effort to keep users locked into their respective online spheres, but they’ve always been deemed as a sort of sideline to their main retail and media empires. Now, they’ve sprung to the vanguard thanks to the outbreak.

Alibaba’s DingTalk is the most downloaded free app in China’s iOS App Store, followed by Tencent Conference. WeChat Work, which is also from

Read More: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/02/15/tencent-alibaba-office-apps-find-fans-in-virus-affected-schools/

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