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You can now ask Cortana to check your Outlook email

Engadget

Do you thrive on Outlook email, but wish you didn't have to stare at your PC or phone to catch new messages? You don't have to... if you have the right devices. Microsoft's Cortana assistant now lets you check for new Outlook emails using your voice if you're using Windows 10 or a Harman Kardon Invoke speaker and have set your language to US English. If you've used similar features with voice assistants like Siri, it behaves in a similar way: you can ask if there are new messages, get a summary of what's new and (most importantly) offer a short reply if it makes sense.



Microsoft confirms Cortana integration, message translation coming to Teams later this year

ZDNet

A year after launching its Microsoft Teams chat-collaboration platform, Microsoft is previewing some of the new features it plans to add later this year. Microsoft hinted at plans for several of those features, including Cortana integration for Teams-enabled devices, in-line message translation and simple meeting recordings with automatic transcription, last summer in a webcast about how AI could make meetings less painful. Microsoft execs also said today that 200,000 organizations are now using Teams, up from 50,000 at launch in March 2017, and 125,000 in September. Coming "soon" to Teams are the following features, officials said on March 12: As noted last week, Microsoft also is working to add native Teams support on Surface Hub conferencing systems this calendar year. Microsoft is in the midst of adding Skype for Business features to Teams in order to migrate eventually its Skype for Business customers to Teams.


Virtual assistant Cortana holds people to promises

#artificialintelligence

Microsoft virtual assistant Cortana began holding people to their promises on Thursday. "Now, Cortana can help you remember things you've said you would do in your emails -- without you even having to ask," partner group program manager Marcus Ash said in a blog post. "Cortana automatically recognizes when you make a commitment in email messages and will proactively suggest a reminder to you to follow through at just the right time." An update to Cortana -- Microsoft's digital assistant infused with artificial intelligence -- enables it to recognize and make note when people promise in messages to tend to tasks, according to Ash. "We've all been in the situation where we've promised to do something in email, like send your boss a report by end of day, or purchase tickets to the movies for your date night," Ash said. "But the day goes on, emails pile up, and you quickly forget.


Virtual assistant Cortana holds people to promises

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Microsoft virtual assistant Cortana began holding people to their promises on Thursday. 'Now, Cortana can help you remember things you've said you would do in your emails - without you even having to ask,' partner group program manager Marcus Ash said in a blog post. An update to Cortana -- Microsoft's digital assistant infused with artificial intelligence -- enables it to recognize and make note when people promise in messages to tend to tasks To check the feature out for yourself, make sure you're signed in to Cortana, and have given communications consent. Then check that either an Outlook.com or Office 365 work or school account is connected through the connected services section in your Cortana notebook. Try emailing yourself a commitment like'I will send you the report by Friday' and look out for that suggested reminder from Cortana.