Cortana integration and more are coming to Microsoft Teams this year

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In the competition for new customers, Microsoft Teams benefits from its inclusion in business editions of Microsoft's Office 365 at no extra charge.

To drive adoption among the enterprise, Microsoft is working with OEMs including Lenovo and HP to make video conferencing meeting-room systems powered by Microsoft Teams.

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.

But now a year after its initial launch Microsoft has unveiled some new Teams features, including integration with Cortana and inline message translation.

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.

"Over the a year ago, Teams has evolved to become the ultimate hub for teamwork", said Redmond. A new cloud recording feature will, you guessed it, record the meeting with transcription and timecoding. With that so, Microsoft is also looking to advance the features of Teams.

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. A future upgrade will include facial recognition so that comments can be assigned to specific individuals.

Video call participants will be able to blur the background on their calls, so the person you're talking to won't be able to see what's behind you. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features.

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

The last two additions will be proximity detection for Teams Meetings, to make it easier for people to discover and add a nearby and available Skype Room System to any meeting.

Whether a customer chooses to use the Microsoft Calling Plan or Direct Routing will come down to pricing considerations and existing relationships, she added.