Microsoft announces several new AI features including Cortana integration for Teams

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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.

When the company announced the general availability of Teams, there were 50,000 organizations who were using it at that time, and with 200,000 orgs now using the software, this shows a considerable amount of growth during the first full year of availability.

Enterprise Calling While Microsoft continues bolstering the enterprise-grade calling features available in Teams, the emphasis today is a capability it calls Direct Routing.

Finally, Microsoft will soon enable one-click cloud recording, with timecoding and automatic transcription. Features coming in the second quarter of 2018 include cloud recording, inline message translation, Cortana, background blur on video, proximity detections, and more.

Cortana voice interactions for Teams-enabled devices-Will enable you to easily make a call, join a meeting, or add other people to a meeting in Teams using spoken, natural language. In the future, it will also include facial recognition, so remarks can be attributed to specific meeting attendees.


Message translation will allow Microsoft Teams participants to automatically translate messages in channels and chat messages. This functionality will extend to IP phones and conference room devices. To help participants see you more clearly, the system will blur out a distracting background, putting the focus of the video on you rather than any clutter behind.

Mobile sharing in meetings, enabling attendees to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device.

Microsoft has boasted of an impressive rise in the number of organisations using its Teams messaging, collaboration and communications tool. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features.

Microsoft Teams was officially launched in March last year as Redmond to mount a challenge to workplace communication app Slack, which has rapidly established itself as an enterprise tool in recent years. Microsoft highlighted that Plantronics is making desk phones that can tap into Microsoft Teams to make voice calls.

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