(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Monday its video calling platform Skype saw a 70% jump in usage in March from a month earlier, as more people shift to working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The platform is being used by 40 million people, the company said in a blog post, adding that Skype-to-Skype calling minutes jumped 220% from a month earlier.

(This story corrects first paragraph to clarify usage jumped 70% in March, not the last week of March specifically)

Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni

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