Using Cortana voice assistance in Teams

Using Cortana voice assistance in Teams

Cortana voice assistance in the Teams mobile app and Microsoft Teams display helps you streamline communication, collaboration, and meeting-related tasks using spoken natural language. Start speaking to Cortana by selecting the microphone button located in the upper right of the Teams mobile app, or by saying, "Cortana" on the Microsoft Teams display.

Read on for more details about the kinds of things Cortana can help you do.

Note: Cortana voice assistance is currently only supported in the Teams mobile app and on the Microsoft Teams display for use in the United States. 


Teams mobile app: 

Cortana-queries-mobile screenshot


Microsoft Teams display:

Microsoft Teams display - queries screen

Calls and meetings

To connect with someone while you’re on the go, you can select the microphone icon and say, “Call Megan” in the Teams mobile app, or say, "Cortana, call Megan" on the Microsoft Teams display:

Teams mobile app: 

Cortana mobile callscreen 1 screenshot


When you’re ready to join a meeting, say, “Join my next meeting”:

Microsoft Teams display:

Microsoft Teams display - meeting screen


Once you’re in a meeting, invoke Cortana voice assistance to perform various in-meeting tasks, like adding someone to a call by name or number. For example, say, “Add Megan to the call” in the Teams mobile app, or, "Cortana, add Megan to the call" on the Microsoft Teams display: 

Teams mobile app: 

Cortana mobile: add person screen


Present a deck to the meeting by saying, “Present the quarterly review deck” in the Teams mobile app, or "Cortana, present the quarterly review deck" on the Microsoft Teams display:

Microsoft Teams display:

Microsoft Teams display - present deck screen


Or, you can navigate to a particular slide in your presentation by saying: “Go to the appendix slide” in the Teams mobile app, or "Cortana, go to the appendix slide" on the Microsoft Teams display:

Teams mobile app:  

Cortana mobile go to slide screen 1

Messaging

You can use Cortana voice assistance to send a message to someone in Teams anytime. Say, “Send a message to Jonathan” in the Teams mobile app, or "Cortana, send a message to Jonathan" on the Microsoft Teams display: 

Microsoft Teams display:

Microsoft Teams display - send message to person screen


And if you want to get in touch with the team, try saying, “Send a message to my next meeting” in the Teams mobile app, or "Cortana, send a message to my next meeting" on the Microsoft Teams display:

Teams mobile app:  

Cortana mobile send message screen

Find, search, and navigate

With Cortana voice assistance, you can also find and share files, and search or navigate within the Teams mobile app or on the Microsoft Teams display.

Share a file by saying, “Share the marketing review deck with Jonathan” in the Teams mobile app, or "Cortana, share the marketing review deck with Jonathan" on the Microsoft Teams display:


Microsoft Teams display:

Microsoft Teams display - share file screen


Or, for help finding a previous Teams chat, say, “Open my chat with Jacob” in the Teams mobile app, or "Cortana, open my chat with Jacob" on the Microsoft Teams display:

Teams mobile app:  

Cortana mobile find and open screen


To see what you’ve missed while you were away, say, “Go to my unread activity”:

Teams mobile app:  

Cortana mobile go to unread messages screen


See who’s tagged you in Teams by saying, “Go to my mentions” in the Teams mobile app, or "Cortana, go to my mentions" on the Microsoft Teams display:

Teams mobile app:  

Cortana mobile go to messages screen

What you can do with Cortana voice assistance

For the initial release of Cortana voice assistance, covering Microsoft 365 Enterprise users in the US in English, the table below includes the complete list of available skills. Additional skills will become available in future releases. To hear what’s new with Cortana voice assistance, just select the mic button and say, “What can you do?” in the Teams mobile app, or say, "Cortana, what can you do?" on the Microsoft Teams display: 


Meeting skills:

Calendar

When’s my next meeting?

What meetings do I have on Tuesday?

What meetings do I have on July 15?

Cancel my meeting

When am I meeting with John?

Meeting  

Join a meeting

Add John to the meeting

Add 555-222-3333 to the meeting

Present the marketing review deck

Go to the next slide

Go to slide 10

Go the appendix slide

End the meeting

End the presentation


Communication skills:

Calling          

Call John

Call 555-222-3333

Add John to the call

Add 555-222-3333 to the call

End the call

Hold the call

Resume the call

Transfer the call to John

Transfer the call to my mobile

Messaging     

Send a message to John

Send a message to my next meeting

Send a message to my meeting that I’m running late


Collaboration skills:

File

Open the marketing review deck

Share the marketing review deck with John

Search

Search for the marketing review deck

Navigation

Open my chat with John

Set my status to busy

Get help

Go to my feed

Go to my activity

Go to my chats

Go to my teams

Go to my calendar

Go to my contacts

Go to my calls

Go to my recent files

Go to my mentions

Go to my saved items

Go to my voicemail

Go to my organization

Go to my settings


Microsoft Teams display skills: 

Lock

Volume control

Go back

Go home

Join meeting (hands-free)

User controls

Your personal information is protected with Cortana in Teams—these voice assistance experiences are delivered using Cortana enterprise-grade services that fully comply with Office 365’s privacy, security, and compliance promises as reflected in the Online Services Terms (OST).

Try out Cortana voice assistance in the Teams mobile app by selecting the mic button. You can control whether Cortana voice assistance in Teams is enabled for your device via a setting in the Teams mobile app:

  1. Open the Teams mobile app.

  2. Go to Settings.

  3. Select Cortana.

  4. Turn the toggle switch on or off, depending on whether you want Cortana voice assistance on this device.

  5. On the Microsoft Teams display, you can navigate back to the home screen by saying, “Cortana, go home.” You can lock the device by saying, “Cortana, lock,” and control the volume hands-free by saying, “Cortana, volume up,” or “Cortana, volume down.” 

Cortana mobile enable Cortana button

To choose between a masculine or a feminine voice for Cortana in the Teams mobile app:

  1. Open the Teams mobile app.

  2. Go to Settings.

  3. Select Cortana.

  4. Next to Cortana Voice, select either “Voice 1 – Feminine” or “Voice 2 – Masculine.”

Cortana mobile select voice screen

You can also control whether Cortana speaks out loud through the audio device you've connected to Teams.

By default, Cortana will speak out loud, indicated by the speaker icon in the lower-left corner of the screen (highlighted below). If you prefer to only have Cortana provide text on screen, and not any audio output, select the speaker icon, which will then appear with a slash through it.  
 

Cortana mobile: speaker icon highlighted

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