- Posted by Paul on December 12, 2019
December News Update
As we bring the year to a close, we’re excited to share some significant recent milestones and new announcements!
Celebrating Over 5 Million Users and 5 Years of Dedicated Support
There are now over five million user accounts on Overleaf! This was announced in a typically understated fashion internally via Slack :)
One of the reasons for the low-key announcement is that user registrations alone are not a measure of success; it’s also important that users keep using Overleaf, and that we are able to continue to support such growth in our userbase. Which brings me nicely onto these next two milestones, which came at the ideal time to celebrate with this one.
We always see an increase in usage at the start of the new (northern hemisphere) academic year in September, and this year is particularly impressive, as over the past month we’ve regularly been hitting over a quarter of a million daily active users...yes, over 250,000 people use Overleaf in a single day!
This wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic support team at Overleaf, who handle over 5,000 messages in a month, and for our third milestone I’m delighted to announce that Lian Tze Lim has now been part of the Overleaf support team for over five years! During that time she’s been a hugely important member of our team, answering thousands of support questions, publishing a variety of amazing examples in the gallery, writing many help articles for our learn wiki, and giving introductions to LaTeX at events and workshops. Our huge congratulations (and many, many thanks!) to Lian Tze :)
You can read more about all these milestones via our blog.
New Feature: Project Archival and Deletion
We’ve made some changes to how the Archived Projects folder works on Overleaf, and we’ve added a new folder called Trashed Projects. You can find out how the two work together on the Overleaf blog.
PS: In case you missed it, we also launched the much-requested Project Ownership Transfer feature last month :)
New Customer Appreciation
As Overleaf’s userbase continues to grow, we are seeing more and more organisations support their users through institutional or group accounts, which are easy to set up and manage.
Overleaf now has over 70 institutional customers with Overleaf Commons, our cloud-based site license, plus many more smaller group accounts in university departments and labs around the world.
We also see a growing use of Overleaf in commercial organisations and nonprofits, with many new teams starting to use Overleaf over the past month. We’re delighted to feature two of these here: Deutsche Telekom AG and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC):
Deutsche Telekom AG is now providing Overleaf Collaborator accounts to Deutsche Telekom AG staff.
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies, and provide fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet, and IPTV products and services for consumers.
As well as information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for business and corporate customers.
Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) is now providing Overleaf Professional accounts to MCC staff and working groups.
MCC is a non-profit that provides policy advice as well as research on long-term, global issues such as climate change.
Its mission is to provide solution-orientated policy pathways for governing the global commons to enhance sustainable development and human well-being.
If you’d like to be highlighted in our next news update - please let us know!
Overleaf Supports the UNG Mathematics Immersion Project
The University of North Georgia (UNG) Math Immersion Project is focused on helping mathematics majors transition from problem-solving math courses to proof-intensive courses.
Overleaf was a core element of how the Immersion Project functioned during its initial pilot in the fall of 2018, and will once again be used throughout the second iteration of the project this year.
Read more about the project on our blog.
2020 Events Update
We’ve got a busy start to the year with not one but two January events in the US!
We’ll be attending SciTech 2020 from Jan 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency, Orlando, Florida (booth #433) and we’ll also be at JMM 2020 (Joint Mathematics Meeting) at the Colorado Convention Center from Jan 15-18 in Denver, Colorado (booth #812)
If you plan to attend either event and would like to book in a one to one chat with our team, you can contact us for a spot. We’re happy to oblige. Or just stop by and say hi! We love to talk with our customers (and pass out Overleaf ducks)!
Product Survey - We'd love to hear from you
With our eyes fixed firmly on the new year, we already have lots of exciting Overleaf developments in the pipeline. But there is still time to let your voice be heard. :-)
We have a product survey which will allow you to provide feedback and suggestions on the development of Overleaf. We’d love to hear from you - it’s quick and easy, taking less than 5 minutes. You can take part in our survey here.
Happy New Year - See you in 2020!
For our last news update of the year, we'd like to say a huge thank you and Happy New Year to all our users, customers, and partners. Your support and enthusiasm is incredible - we feel incredibly honored and excited to have such a wonderful base.
Happy Holidays and have a great 2020 from all the Overleaf team!
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