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Microsoft's Slack competitor is getting Cortana integration and message translation

Microsoft's Slack competitor is getting Cortana integration and message translation

To celebrate the moment, Microsoft today detailed some important milestones and the future AI-inspired features planned for the chat-based collaboration tool. The introduction of Teams a year ago prompted fast-growing Slack to take out a full-page newspaper ad cautioning Microsoft that "all this is harder than it looks". There will also be inline message translation, so you can easily understand other participants that speak other languages. 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 plans to add facial recognition to this feature to allow remarks to be attributed to the right person. Cortana integration is coming to Microsoft Teams soon, with support for voice interactions through Team-enabled devices like IP phones and conference room devices.

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.

The Redmond giant is announcing a slew of new features to be added to Teams, all aimed at making it an attractive option to replace traditional office phones.

Sony Xperia R1 and Xperia R1
Both phones are backed by a 2620mAh capacity battery, which is slightly on the smaller side when compared to their competition. While the former comes with 16GB internal storage coupled with 2GB RAM, the latter offers 32GB internal storage and 3GB RAM.

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

The new calling capabilities, which include consultative transfer (for getting an OK before transferring a call to somebody), call delegation, and federation, will be available in the second quarter, Wright said. Additionally, she said, almost 70% of Skype for Business enterprise customers have begun using Teams. It's also now rolling out Direct Routing, which allows customers to integration existing telephony infrastructure with Teams for calling.

She did, however, call out one additional statistic, that being that Microsoft has more than 125 million users on Office 365 today - and since Teams is built on the backbone of Office 365, "the data we get through the Microsoft Graph lets us do things we want to do around AI, cognitive services, and machine learning to power the future of intelligent communications". You can hear more about these features during Enterprise Connect this week on Wednesday, March 14.


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