Microsoft announces several new AI features including Cortana integration for Teams

The Microsoft Surface Hub will be getting a sequel later this 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.

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. The company has been steadily growing the capabilities offered with the app, and this week it's introducing another series of enhancements aimed at fortifying its message that Teams will ultimately be the end-all, be-all intelligent enterprise communications and collaboration hub.

Teams customers include Navistar, Macy's, GM, GE, and ConocoPhillips. Additionally, she said, almost 70% of Skype for Business enterprise customers have begun using Teams. It is created to work with Windows 10 Ink as well, and allows users to collaborate more effectively in meetings including interacting with other teams using a Surface Hub remotely.

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While the new models will inevitably pick up hardware upgrades, Microsoft is also now working on upgrading the Surface Hub 2 UI. Finally, you'll be able to discover and add nearby Skype Room System devices to your meeting. The enterprise calling features are set to arrive in Q2 of 2018, and the other features, like Cloud Recording and in-line translation, will arrive later in the year. Cortana integration is coming to Microsoft Teams soon, with support for voice interactions through Team-enabled devices like IP phones and conference room devices. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features. A future upgrade will include facial recognition so that comments can be assigned to specific individuals.

Participants in a meeting will be able to share "a live video stream, photos, or their screen" from their smartphone. In addition, Microsoft is certifying interoperability between Teams and existing BlueJeans Network, Pexip, and Polycom hardware solutions.

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