Cortana integration, message translation, and more coming to Microsoft Teams

This week marks a year since Microsoft Teams launched out of preview, and Microsoft is marking the occasion (opens in new tab) with a peek at some the new features it currently has in the pipeline for the Slack competitor.

The most notable of these new features is support for Cortana voice interactions on Teams devices, but a number of other handy additions, like in-line message translation and cloud recording, are on the way as well. Here's a look at what to expect later in 2018:

  • Cloud recording, providing 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;
  • In-line message translation, enabling people who speak different languages to fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat;
  • Cortana voice interactions for Teams-enabled devices, including IP phones and conference room devices, enabling you to easily make a call, join a meeting or add other people to a meeting in Teams using spoken natural language;
  • Background blur on video, providing the ability to blur your background during video calls so other meeting attendees can focus on you, not what's behind you;
  • Proximity detection for Teams Meetings, making it easy for you to discover and add a nearby and available Skype Room System to any meeting
  • Mobile sharing in meetings, enabling attendees to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device

Additionally, Microsoft revealed some call-related features estimated to hit Teams in Q2 of 2018. These include consultative transfer, along with call delegation and federation. Direct routing is on the way as well, which will let organizations use existing telephony infrastructure with calling in Teams. These calling features come as Microsoft continues to move Skype for Business users over to Teams.

Cortana integration, message translation, and more coming to Microsoft Teams

Finally, Microsoft offered up some stats on Teams' progress in its year since launch. The service is now used by 200,000 organizations spread across 181 markets and 39 languages, the company says. Among those 200,000 users, Microsoft says three million teams have been created and nearly 60 percent of Teams users are outside of the U.S.

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  • Does responsiveness will hit Teams someday? Not a troll but a real wish / need.
  • Cloud video recording combined with the new guest access... could I record podcasts using Teams? I tried to look into it with Skype for Business, but it wouldn't let me use the Broadcast tools with guests.
  • Cortana integration that _nobody_ cares about, because Cortana is sooo bad. Still waiting for Skype4B presence information. Sigh. 
  • no Cortana is Awesome 
  • With Teams slated to replace S4B, don't count on it.
  • Can it be integrated into the phone network like S4B can? Bascially, this is the only reason we use S4B instead of teams.
  • It will at some point since MS already announced that Teams will be replacing S4B.
  • About time, took them long enough. Okay since Microsoft has acknowledged 60% of users of Teams are outside of the US, does this mean we will no longer see features and products locked and isolated to US?
    I sure as hope we see no features locked and isolated solely to US anymore.