Microsoft Teams will integrate with Cortana, add transcription and translation features

12 March, 2018, 18:38 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Microsoft announces several new AI features including Cortana integration for Teams

There are today 200,000 organizations in 181 markets and 39 languages on Teams, including A.P. Moller-Maersk, ConocoPhillips, Macy's, NASCAR, Navistar, RLH Corporation, and Technicolor, and, as of another announcement today, General Motors. This includes features that will allow users to record, transcribe and save meetings to the cloud, integrations with voice assistant Cortana, inline message translation and several others.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) says 200K organizations now use its Teams, a Slack alternative, up from 125K in September. Top of the list is Cortana voice interactions, which enable you to make a call, join a meeting, or invite someone to a meeting using your voice. Alongside Cortana and translation, Microsoft is also adding cloud recording for meetings with automatic transcription and timecoding, background blur on video, mobile sharing for meetings, and the ability to find and add Skype Room Systems into any meetings.

Microsoft Teams is the company's answer to growing chat startup Slack.

Video call participants will be able to blur the background on their calls, so the person you're talking to won't be able to see what's behind you. Those same voice commands will work with conference room equipment and IP phones, too.

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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This last item will allow attendees to share a live video stream, photo, or screen share from their mobile device. Microsoft highlighted that Plantronics is making desk phones that can tap into Microsoft Teams to make voice calls.

In addition to the planned features, Microsoft announced new enterprise-grade calling features arriving today, including consultative transfer and call delegation and federation.

Additionally, Microsoft is now working with more OEMs (like Lenovo and HP) and partners (like Logitech, Crestron, and Polycom) to make sure Teams is enabled on more calling and meeting room devices. With Direct Routing, enterprises can connect SIP trunks into Teams, turning it into a full-fledged voice service, Wright said.

Although no specific launch date has been given, Microsoft intends to add these new features to Teams in the second quarter of 2018.


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