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

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

You can now start, join or add people to meetings by giving natural language voice commands to Cortana, for one. 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.

Teams also now has an app ecosystem that continues to grow and includes the likes of Adobe, Trello, Zoom.ai, and many others who are turning Teams from a simple collaboration tool to an entire productivity application. Perhaps the most interesting are Cortana integration and inline message translation.

Microsoft says that its new Direct Routing service will transform Teams into a "full voice service" that works for both calling and meeting room devices.

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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The latest enhancements break down along the lines of features and functionality, calling, and device support, Wright said. To help participants see you more clearly, the system will blur out a distracting background, putting the focus of the video on you rather than any clutter behind.

Mobile sharing in meetings-Meeting attendees will be able to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device. Microsoft plans to add facial recognition to this feature to allow remarks to be attributed to the right person. Additionally, she said, almost 70% of Skype for Business enterprise customers have begun using Teams.

Finally, a number of enterprise-grade features are planned, including consultative transfer, call delegation, and federation. This includes Surface Hub, new desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink and new conference room phones from Crestron, Polycom, and Yealink.

Microsoft officially launched Microsoft Teams team collaboration service one year back. You can hear more about these features during Enterprise Connect this week on Wednesday, March 14.

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