Adding Voice Assistant to Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is continually updating and improving to serve the changing needs of modern employees. In the last couple of months, we’ve seen the arrival of a Teams experience for families, complete with its own safe mode, virtual hand-raising, new tags for team management, and live captions. Now, Microsoft is taking the next step in its virtual assistant strategy.
Cortana voice assistant, Microsoft’s intelligent virtual assistant, is now available in Microsoft Teams for US users. The solution ensures that today’s users can stay connected and informed whenever they want, wherever they are (even if their hands are full).
Just hit the mic to start sending messages with your voice, or even make calls. You can share files, join meetings, and manage tasks with Cortana’s help.
Although this feature is only available in the US today, Microsoft says that it will be rolling out to new markets in the future.
The Cortana voice assistant within the Microsoft Teams mobile app supports users in streamlining their collaboration, communication, and meeting strategies. You can handle a host of features using spoken language and speak to Cortana just by tapping the microphone button on your Teams mobile app. Cortana can assist with calls, meetings, messaging, file sharing and more.
Here are some of the things users can do with Cortana on Microsoft Teams:
For the new release of the Cortana voice assistant, currently supporting Microsoft 365 users in the United States, Microsoft is offering a host of brilliant features. Additional skills will appear in future releases too, according to the team. Employees can learn exactly what Cortana can do by simply asking “What can you do?” when clicking the Microphone button. Options include:
Personal information is thoroughly protected through Teams with Cortana, with enterprise-grade services that comply with all of the Microsoft 365 security standards. You can try the Cortana experience whenever you choose by clicking the microphone button. Turn the toggle switch on or off on the Teams mobile app within your settings.
Users can also use the Settings page on Microsoft Teams to decide whether they want a feminine or masculine voice for their assistant. Alternatively, control if Cortana speaks out loud through a connected audio device. By default, Cortana speaks out loud, but you can also ask the assistant to just provide text on the screen.
Enjoy experimenting with your new Microsoft Teams assistant!