Office 365: Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile

Office 365: Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile

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Microsoft has planned to offer Cortana voice assistance in the Teams iOS and Android mobile app, which allows users to perform communication, collaboration, and meeting-related tasks by speaking the natural language. At the time of this release, the feature will be enabled only for users in the U.S. Expansion to additional languages and regions will happen as part of future releases.

Key-Highlights:

  • Microsoft Update Details – Key Points
  • What is Cortana voice assistant in Microsoft Teams?
  • How this Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile update will affect your organization?
  • Example of Cortana flow of Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile
  • What you need to do to prepare for Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile update?

Microsoft Update Details – Key Points

  • Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 65346
  • Timing: mid-August and complete by the first of September
  • Control type: admin control
  • Action: control who can use via TeamsCortanaPolicy
  • MC218148, Plan For Change, Published date: 9 Jul 2020

 

What is Cortana voice assistant in Microsoft Teams?

Generally, Cortana is a voice-enabled virtual assistant developed by Microsoft to help Windows 10 users to initiate requests, complete tasks and anticipate future needs – internally it uses the Bing search engine to perform these tasks such as setting reminders and answering questions for the user.

Recently Microsoft has announced that this cortana voice assistant tool will be integrated with the Microsoft Teams which will allow users to translate the team message into their native language and also to perform communication, collaboration, and meeting-related tasks by speaking the natural language. This intgeration with Cortana’s voice assistance could give Microsoft an edge in its battle with Slack, given the increasing importance of voice-based computing in the workplace and within business productivity applications.

How this Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile update will affect your organization?

Users can speak to Cortana by clicking on the microphone button located in the upper right of the Teams mobile app. They can connect with someone while on the go by making a voice query such as “call Megan” or “send a message to my next meeting.” Users can also join meetings by saying “join my next meeting.” Users can also share files and check their calendar.

Example of Cortana flow of Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile

Example of Cortana flow of Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile
Example of Cortana flow of Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile

Example of Cortana flow of Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile second part

Example of Cortana flow of Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile second part
Example of Cortana flow of Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile second part

 

What you need to do to prepare for Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile update?

The feature will be enabled by default for tenants. The policy to turn this feature off will be available at the end of July; we will update this MC post with those details when they are available.

  • Tenant admins can control who in their tenant can use Cortana voice assistance in Teams via a policy (TeamsCortanaPolicy) which is set at either a user account level or tenant level.
  • At launch, admins can also use the CortanaVoiceInvocationMode field within this policy control to determine whether Cortana is disabled or enabled with push-button invocation only.
  • Note that at the time of this initial release, the Teams mobile app will not support wake word activation, but it will be supported in the future.

 

Summary: What we had here?

Thus, in this article, we have learned the below with respect to Cortana voice assistant in Microsoft Teams (MC218148, Plan For Change, Published date: 9 Jul 2020):

  • Microsoft Update Details – Key Points
  • What is Cortana voice assistant in Microsoft Teams?
  • How this Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile update will affect your organization?
  • Example of Cortana flow of Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile
  • What you need to do to prepare for Cortana voice assistance in Teams mobile update?

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The above details have been collected from my office 365 trial tenant – https://globalsharepoint2020.sharepoint.com/

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