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These are all definitely some exciting features, helping give Microsoft Teams some more edge over the popular collaboration tool, Slack.

Teams just turned one, and for its anniversary, Microsoft has unveiled new professional features for it that go well beyond what rivals like Slack offer. ConocoPhillips, General Motors, Macys, NASCAR, and Technicolor are among the 200,000 organizations using Teams today, said Lori Wright, Microsoft's GM of Teams and Skype for Business, in a No Jitter briefing.

Microsoft's Slack competitor Teams hit its first birthday this week, trumpeting some big numbers and a slew of new features.

Adds host of new features, including direct routing to SIP trunks, and expanded hardware support.

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And despite market concern at Cortana's future, Microsoft said it will add Cortana voice interactions for Teams-enabled devices. You can now start, join or add people to meetings by giving natural language voice commands to Cortana, for one. 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. The ability to use Slack as an full in-house meeting system, even if participants don't have access to a computer or internet, will no doubt make it a lot more useful for companies.

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". 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.

Mobile sharing in meetings, enabling attendees to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device.

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.

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