Microsoft Teams Gets Cortana, Cloud Recording, Inline Translation

Microsoft Teams Gets Cortana, Cloud Recording, Inline Translation

Microsoft's Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams, is turning a year old this week and to celebrate the company is unveiling some new features today. At launch Teams was used by 50,000 organisations, and in September this had risen to 125,000. 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.

Microsoft Office vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer launches Microsoft Teams one year ago this week on the company's Redmond campus.

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.

Beyond the Surface Hub and internal devices, the Teams hardware ecosystem now also includes meeting room systems from HP and Lenovo; new desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink; new conference room phones from Creston, Polycom, and Yealink; and new mobile phone stations from Plantronics.

But perhaps of the more interesting new additions will the addition of inline message translation.

Message translation will allow Microsoft Teams participants to automatically translate messages in channels and chat messages. Meanwhile, companies - including Microsoft - have been working to make their applications and services work well with voice assistants given the potential of voice computing in the workplace. Users will be able to use voice commands to make a call, join a meeting, and more.

Another new feature will be the ability to blur a background during video calls, so that other meeting attendees will focus on the person speaking, and not might be happen in the office behind them.

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.

This last item will allow attendees to share a live video stream, photo, or screen share from their mobile device.

Finally, a number of enterprise-grade features are planned, including consultative transfer, call delegation, and federation. Also coming is a Direct Routing feature which will allow users to use existing telephony infrastructures with Teams.