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New Microsoft Teams features include Cortana integration

13 March 2018

To celebrate the moment, Microsoft today detailed some important milestones and the future AI-inspired features planned for the chat-based collaboration tool. The company is also adding a Direct Routing feature allowing users to use the telephony infrastructures. But, more importantly for those that are using the software, the company is sharing a few features that are working their way down the pipeline.

Eventually, it will be possible to shunt recordings of meetings into Microsoft's cloud along with automatic timecoded transcriptions and inline message translation.

It didn't announce anything on the speculation that it will release a free basic version of Teams for those who don't subscribe to Office 365, a move that would make it more competitive with Slack. Microsoft said it would include facial recognition in the future, so particular remarks can be attributed to the right person.

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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.

The Cortana integration is for Teams-enabled VoIP phone and conference room devices. Video callers will be able to blur their backgrounds so their conversation mate's eyes are drawn only to them (or if they don't want people to know they're making the call from their couch).

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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.

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.

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. This includes Surface Hub, new desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink and new conference room phones from Crestron, Polycom, and Yealink.

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New Microsoft Teams features include Cortana integration