Cortana integration and more are coming to Microsoft Teams this year

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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". Microsoft also announced several new AI-powered features for Teams that are not available on any of its main competitors.

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.

Microsoft's Teams platform is turning one this week and with more than 200,000 organizations using the software, it's fair to say that it has been a successful first year for the product.

Teams customers include Navistar, Macy's, GM, GE, and ConocoPhillips. A new cloud recording feature will, you guessed it, record the meeting with transcription and timecoding. 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".

Inline message translation-People who speak different languages will be able to fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat.

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And despite market concern at Cortana's future, Microsoft said it will add Cortana voice interactions for Teams-enabled devices.

Microsoft's AI has also made it easier to initiate and participate in Teams chats. Team Meetings will also support audio and HD video conference room systems from Lenovo, HP, Logitech and others, along with any Skype Room systems.

Another new feature will be the ability to blur a background during video calls, so that other meeting attendees will focus on the person speaking, and not might be happen in the office behind them.

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

Mobile sharing in meetings, enabling attendees to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features.