Microsoft's Slack competitor is getting Cortana integration and message translation

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To celebrate the moment, Microsoft today detailed some important milestones and the future AI-inspired features planned for the chat-based collaboration tool. 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.

Also coming in 2018 is cloud recording - another that takes advantages of advances in voice technology in recent years. Perhaps the most interesting are Cortana integration and inline message translation.

This feature will also be advanced in the future to include facial recognition, so meeting remarks can be properly attributed.

According to Microsoft, Cortana voice integrations for Teams-enabled devices will launch later this year, allowing users to easily make a call, join a meeting or add people to meetings using natural, spoken language. Finally, you'll be able to discover and add nearby Skype Room System devices to your meeting.

Cloud recording-Will provide one-click meeting recordings with automatic transcription and timecoding, enabling all team members the ability to read captions, search within the conversation, and playback all or part of the meeting.

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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.

Microsoft will also be making Teams the go-to enterprise calling software. Direct Routing will also allow Teams to work with an existing telephony infrastructure to allow for a full voice service. Additionally, she said, almost 70% of Skype for Business enterprise customers have begun using Teams. This includes Surface Hub, the large-screen video collaboration device for huddle spaces and other small-to-medium meeting rooms. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features.

Microsoft announced its group collaboration platform Teams nearly a year and a half ago, but it was made generally available at this time last year. You can hear more about these features during Enterprise Connect this week on Wednesday, March 14.


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