Microsoft Teams Gets Cortana, Cloud Recording, Inline Translation

Doris Richards
March 12, 2018

When Microsoft takes the Enterprise Connect 2018 keynote stage on Wednesday, it will be one year to the date of introducing general availability for its team collaboration app, Teams.

The added integration with Cortana's voice assistance could give Microsoft an edge in its battle with Slack, given the increasing importance of voice-based computing in the workplace and within business productivity applications.

The number was disclosed while announcing new Teams features including instant language translation and Cortana integration.

Microsoft and Amazon announced a year ago their voice assistants, Cortana and Alexa, would work together, for example.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) says 200K organizations now use its Teams, a Slack alternative, up from 125K in September.

The Redmond giant is announcing a slew of new features to be added to Teams, all aimed at making it an attractive option to replace traditional office phones.

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. A new cloud recording feature will, you guessed it, record the meeting with transcription and timecoding.

She did, however, call out one additional statistic, that being that Microsoft has more than 125 million users on Office 365 today - and since Teams is built on the backbone of Office 365, "the data we get through the Microsoft Graph lets us do things we want to do around AI, cognitive services, and machine learning to power the future of intelligent communications". Those same voice commands will work with conference room equipment and IP phones, too. 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 last item will allow attendees to share a live video stream, photo, or screen share from their mobile device. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features. 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.

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