Microsoft Teams gets Cortana voice commands and other new AI features


With the new inline message translation feature, employees can converse in different languages by using the built-in translation feature in Microsoft Teams.

Since its launch last year, Microsoft has released several updates including the major release in January this year, to make it more powerful communication hub for teams.

On its first anniversary, Slack rival Microsoft Teams has announced a range of new features that will be rolled out over the course of this year. The functionality is planned at first for IP phones and conference room devices. Microsoft also intends to add enhanced mobile support that will let users share live video and other media from their handsets. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features.

These are all definitely some exciting features, helping give Microsoft Teams some more edge over the popular collaboration tool, Slack. Microsoft Graph, meanwhile, adds artificial intelligence capabilities. The company is also adding a Direct Routing feature allowing users to use the telephony infrastructures. Moreover, cloud recording also comes with automatic timecoding and transcription, background blurring for video, and mobile sharing. It will also get facial recognition in the future so as to allow meeting remarks to be properly attributed.

Proximity detection for Teams Meetings-This feature will make it easy for you to discover and add a nearby and available Skype Room System to any meeting.

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New features include quality-of-life improvements to the Teams app, as well as extended hardware integrations and new partners. When you combine a Microsoft Calling Plan or Direct Routing with our Phone System for Office 365, Teams becomes a full voice service.

The new features will begin rolling out in the second quarter.

Going forward Microsoft plans to enable Teams on calling and meeting room devices for which the company is now working with OEMs like Lenovo and HP along with Logitech to bring the Teams on the meeting room devices.

Desk and conference phones-New desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink-and new conference room phones from Crestron, Polycom, and Yealink-run a native Teams application for consistent and streamlined calling experiences. Heavyweight names include General Motors, NASCAR, Technicolor, and Macy's.