Microsoft Touts Progress Of Teams Chat App

Microsoft announces several new AI features including Cortana integration for Teams

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

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 Teams was officially launched in March last year as Redmond to mount a challenge to workplace communication app Slack, which has rapidly established itself as an enterprise tool in recent years.

Microsoft this morning cited companies including General Motors, ConocoPhillips, NASCAR, Technicolor, RLH Corporation and A.P. Moller as Teams customers.

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Microsoft Office vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer launches Microsoft Teams one year ago this week on the company's Redmond campus. With that so, Microsoft is also looking to advance the features of Teams. Alongside Cortana and translation, Microsoft is also adding cloud recording for meetings with automatic transcription and timecoding, background blur on video, mobile sharing for meetings, and the ability to find and add Skype Room Systems into any meetings. In the future, it will also include facial recognition, so remarks can be attributed to specific meeting attendees. This includes features that will allow users to record, transcribe and save meetings to the cloud, integrations with voice assistant Cortana, inline message translation and several others. Essentially, this will allow people who speak different languages to fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat.

Microsoft will also be making Teams the go-to enterprise calling software.

Background blur on video-The ability to blur your background during video calls will allow other meeting attendees to focus on you, not what's behind you.

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The last two additions will be proximity detection for Teams Meetings, to make it easier for people to discover and add a nearby and available Skype Room System to any meeting.

Participants in a meeting will be able to share "a live video stream, photos, or their screen" from their smartphone.

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.

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