The officials of Microsoft said the company saw a 775 percent increase in requests for its cloud services. The regions where social distancing and lockdown were imposed due to COVID-19 saw a gradual increase in demand for Microsoft’s cloud service. On March 28, officials also explained the temporary cloud-service restrictions that Microsoft put in place because of the pandemic.
In a blog post dated March 28, officials said that demand for its new Windows Virtual Desktop usage has increased up to three times. Within a week the government use of public Power BI for sharing COVID-19 dashboards is up 42 percent.
The previous week, officials declared the company has been censoring some “non-essential” Office 365 services to continue to meet demand. Several Azure customers in Europe also have been hitting limitations when trying to spin up virtual machines and some other assistance there, as Microsoft has been prioritizing health-related workloads given the COVID-19 pandemic.
They are executing a few temporary limitations meant to balance the best feasible experience for all of our clients. They have placed limits on free offers to prioritize capacity for existing customers. They also have limits on specific resources for new subscriptions. These are ‘soft’ quota limits, and customers can raise support requests to increase these limits. If requests cannot be met immediately, they suggest customers use alternative regions (of our 54 live regions) that may have less demand surge. To handle surges in demand, they will facilitate the creation of new capacity in the relevant region.
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