Microsoft announces several new AI features including Cortana integration for Teams

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Microsoft Teams is now being used by 200,000 organizations in 181 markets around the world, up four-fold since the tech giant's workplace chat and collaboration technology launched one year ago this week, according to new statistics released by the Redmond company this morning.

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

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

Device Support While roughly 60% of the coming enhancements relate to software, hardware isn't to be ignored, Wright said - because, after all, delivering on the intelligent communications experience Microsoft envisions requires compatibility between Teams and a wide variety of calling and meeting room devices.

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. Microsoft highlighted that Plantronics is making desk phones that can tap into Microsoft Teams to make voice calls.

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The cloud meeting recordings capability will be available this summer, with the other features and functionalities to follow later this year, Wright said. Microsoft plans to add facial recognition to this feature to allow remarks to be attributed to the right person. For example, recently launched Otter is offering an automatic transcription tool for meetings, as is Voicera, which just landed $20 million for its automated note-taking assistant.

Inline message translation-People who speak different languages will be able to fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat.

Mobile sharing in meetings-Meeting attendees will be able to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device.

Teams customers include Navistar, Macy's, GM, GE, and ConocoPhillips.

Microsoft today gave an update on Teams' traction, given it's now been a year since its worldwide debut. With Direct Routing, enterprises can connect SIP trunks into Teams, turning it into a full-fledged voice service, Wright said. Microsoft also announced several new AI-powered features for Teams that are not available on any of its main competitors.