Microsoft's Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams, will turn one this week and to celebrate the company is presenting some new features today. Perhaps the most interesting are the integration of Cortana and the translation of messages online. Cortana's integration will soon reach Microsoft teams, with support for voice interactions through devices compatible with equipment such as IP phones and conference room devices.
Message translation will allow Microsoft Team participants to automatically translate messages into channels and chat messages. It is an especially useful addition if you are working with remote computers that communicate in a variety of languages. Along with Cortana and the translation, Microsoft is also adding cloud recording for meetings with automatic transcription and time coding, background blurring in video, mobile sharing for meetings and the ability to find and add Skype Room Systems in any meeting.
Microsoft is also revealing some new Microsoft Team statistics today. 200,000 companies in 181 countries now use Microsoft Teams, including new customers such as NASCAR, General Motors and Technicolor. At the launch, Microsoft Teams had around 50,000 companies that used the service, so it seems to be growing well, as it tries to rival Slack's 6 million daily users. Microsoft is also expected to present a free version of Microsoft Teams soon, and the company is working to integrate its service into Surface Hub conference screens.