Microsoft announces several new AI features including Cortana integration for Teams

Microsoft Teams adds Cortana in a raft of anniversary upgrades

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The company is celebrating the app's one-year anniversary today, and it announced a number of features that are coming throughout the course of 2018. 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.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) says 200K organizations now use its Teams, a Slack alternative, up from 125K in September. With that in mind, there's a big push for new features and that includes integrating Cortana voice commands. Microsoft plans to add facial recognition to this feature to allow remarks to be attributed to the right person. If participants that speak different languages join in, Teams will support in-line message translation to let them "fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat". 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.

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.

Participants in a meeting will be able to share "a live video stream, photos, or their screen" from their smartphone.

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, 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 announced its group collaboration platform Teams nearly a year and a half ago, but it was made generally available at this time last year.

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