New Microsoft Teams features include Cortana integration

New Microsoft Teams features include Cortana integration

Workers will also have access to new features for managing calls.

Unlike Slack, Teams unsurprisingly does not seek to dispense with corporate email, opting to integrate messaging with office apps (such as Outlook) as a collaborative tool. They should boost the already rapid adoption of Microsoft Teams, which has been adopted by 200,000 so far organizations including Macy's Inc., General Motors Co. and other major brands.

Microsoft Office vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer launches Microsoft Teams one year ago this week on the company's Redmond campus. The numbers sound good, of course, but Wright declined specifying the number of users or discussing how widespread usage might be within those organizations.

Let us not forget why Microsoft made a decision to build out Teams, it was because of the success of Slack which makes you wonder if buying the competing software would have been a better move?

In addition to several new AI features, Microsoft today announced that they will bring new enterprise-grade calling features to Teams later this year.

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That's up from 125,000 in September, when Microsoft announced Teams would replace Skype for Business in the Office 365 bundle.

Eventually, it will be possible to shunt recordings of meetings into Microsoft's cloud along with automatic timecoded transcriptions and inline message translation.

Whether a customer chooses to use the Microsoft Calling Plan or Direct Routing will come down to pricing considerations and existing relationships, she added. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features.

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. This includes Surface Hub, new desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink and new conference room phones from Crestron, Polycom, and Yealink.

"Over the past year, Teams has evolved to become the ultimate hub for teamwork", said Redmond. This functionality will extend to IP phones and conference room devices.

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