What you need to know
- Cortana voice assistance is now generally available in Microsoft Teams displays.
- Cortana "daily briefing" is now generally available for Microsoft 365 Enterprise customers.
- Play My Emails is coming to more markets inside Outlook for iOS and Android.
- Cortana for Windows 10 now supports searching documents and composing quick emails.
Microsoft has today announced a new roadmap for Cortana features across Microsoft's three big productivity platforms; Windows 10, Microsoft Teams, and Outlook. Cortana is Microsoft's "productivity assistant" inside of Microsoft 365, after it pivoted Cortana away from being a traditional virtual assistant like Siri and Google Assistant.
Cortana voice assistance is now generally available in Microsoft Teams displays, a new category of all in one Teams devices that offer hands-free experiences to join a meeting, make a call, send chat messages, share files, and more. Voice assistance is rolling out this month in English in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and India. This same voice assistance feature will also be made available later this year as part of Microsoft Teams Rooms devise, offering touchless experiences to join and end meetings in shared spaces, coming first to the United States in English.
Microsoft 365 Enterprise customers can also expect to see Cortana's daily briefing feature be made generally available this month, with more updates coming in the next few months to streamline meeting preparation, integrate with Microsoft To Do, support planning for the week ahead and offer specialized people insights.
Play My Emails inside of Outlook for iOS and Android is rolling out to more markets in the coming months. These new markets are Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and India in English. Coming later this month, users will soon be able to interact with their inbox while their phone is in their pocket via Cortana inside Outlook, including the ability to initiate a call with a sender, play emails from a specific person, and more.
Finally, Cortana for Windows 10 is getting a few updates. To begin, Cortana for Windows 10 now supports searching for documents and composing quick emails, and can now also be invoked hands-free with the "Hey Cortana" command in the United States and United Kingdom. In addition, more updates are coming to Cortana early next year to streamline meeting preparation features.
So that's all the Cortana news coming out of Ignite this year. What are your thoughts on Cortana? Let us know in the comments.
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She is still largely useless in the enterprise environment as if you have mailbox encryption turned on in O365 she cannot be used. Until they fix that, it's all pointless.
I thought Cortana was being killed off. I'm confused are we keeping it or not??
It's being killed as a general purpose assistant. Think next Generation Clippy 2.0 but hopefully more useful this time.
I would like the enterprise features rolled out to Microsoft 365 Personal and teams free. And have her in to do. Also play My emails should support making emails, to do and full Callander support. She was smarter before the outlook thing.
I truly do not understand why they could not have kept the more consumer-focused features active (especially the Connected Home functions) while rolling Cortana into Teams/Outlook for the more enterprise-focused features. Having all of that built into a single assistant would have made much more sense, especially with the Teams Display devices with Cortana on board coming on the market.
Well said. I completely Agree!
And the MS Duo might have had a useful assistant for use with MS services. As it is, my Duo just tells me I have no appointments in my Google calendar. Yes, I knew that, I keep them in OUTLOOK.
If you set Outlook as the default calander, that might work.
Is that possible? I've been searching for a way to do that for months and it didn't seem to be an option.
I guess this is nice, but she's got a ways to go to be useful again. Almost everything I used her for is now gone or dying shortly.
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