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

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams

To celebrate the moment, Microsoft today detailed some important milestones and the future AI-inspired features planned for the chat-based collaboration tool. Microsoft said it would include facial recognition in the future, so particular remarks can be attributed to the right person.

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

First off is cloud recording, which will provide "one-click meeting recordings with automatic transcription and timecoding, enabling all team members the ability to read captions, search within the conversation, and playback all or part of the meeting".

The number was disclosed while announcing new Teams features including instant language translation and Cortana integration. Users will be able to use voice commands to make a call, join a meeting, and more. What's more, these voice capabilities will extend to IP phones and conference room devices, as well.

Message translation will allow Microsoft Teams participants to automatically translate messages in channels and chat messages.

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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.

This feature alone could be a big selling point for Microsoft Teams, but it's one of several the company announced are in the works. Meanwhile, companies - including Microsoft - have been working to make their applications and services work well with voice assistants given the potential of voice computing in the workplace.

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 company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features. It's also now rolling out Direct Routing, which allows customers to integration existing telephony infrastructure with Teams for calling. The last addition is mobile sharing in meetings, so meeting attendees can share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device.

Teams is Microsoft's challenger to Slack and other collaboration tools from tech rivals including Facebook, Amazon and Google.

When Microsoft takes the Enterprise Connect 2018 keynote stage on Wednesday, it will be one year to the date of introducing general availability for its team collaboration app, Teams.

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