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Tencent, Alibaba Apps Find Fans in Virus-Affected Schools

  • Coronavirus transforms work apps into teaching tools
  • Some 50 million students have signed up for DingTalk
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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.