Microsoft announces several new AI features including Cortana integration for Teams

Infographic celebrating Microsoft Teams one-year anniversary

Microsoft announces several new AI features including Cortana integration for Teams

These are all definitely some exciting features, helping give Microsoft Teams some more edge over the popular collaboration tool, Slack. Microsoft has now announced that Teams is now being used by over 200,000 organizations around the world including GM, A.P. Moller-Maersk, ConocoPhillips, Macy's, NASCAR, Navistar, RLH Corporation, and Technicolor.

Teams just turned one, and for its anniversary, Microsoft has unveiled new professional features for it that go well beyond what rivals like Slack offer.

Adds host of new features, including direct routing to SIP trunks, and expanded hardware support.

"Over the a year ago, Teams has evolved to become the ultimate hub for teamwork", said Redmond. With that so, Microsoft is also looking to advance the features of Teams.

First off is cloud recording, which will provide "one-click meeting recordings with automatic transcription and timecoding, enabling all team members the ability to read captions, search within the conversation, and playback all or part of the meeting".

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That's a particularly useful addition if you're working with remote teams that communicate in a variety of languages.

The number was disclosed while announcing new Teams features including instant language translation and Cortana integration. A future upgrade will include facial recognition so that comments can be assigned to specific individuals.

Message translation will allow Microsoft Teams participants to automatically translate messages in channels and chat messages.

Background blur on video-The ability to blur your background during video calls will allow other meeting attendees to focus on you, not what's behind you.

The new calling capabilities, which include consultative transfer (for getting an OK before transferring a call to somebody), call delegation, and federation, will be available in the second quarter, Wright said. Finally, you'll be able to discover and add nearby Skype Room System devices to your meeting. It'll also let you share a live video stream, photos or screens from your smartphone. Acknowledging how "wonky" it is that Teams hasn't been able to run on Surface Hub thus far, Microsoft has now added native support, she said.

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