Cortana is your personal productivity assistant in Microsoft 365, helping you achieve more with less effort so you can focus on what matters. Here’s a look at all of Cortana’s latest features.
Cortana voice assistance in Teams
Cortana voice assistance is available in the Teams mobile app and Teams devices to help you streamline communication, collaboration, and meeting-related tasks using spoken natural language. To learn more about the kinds of things Cortana voice assistance in Teams can help you do, see Using Cortana voice assistance in Teams.
Note: Cortana voice assistance in the Teams mobile app and Teams devices is currently supported for English language work accounts in the Teams mobile app and on Microsoft Teams displays in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, and Australia. English language school accounts are currently only supported in the Teams mobile app.
You also use Cortana voice assistance in Microsoft Teams Rooms to have a touchless experience for joining or ending a meeting, adding a number to a meeting, or calling a number from your conference room. To learn what you can do with Cortana in Teams Meeting Rooms, see Using Cortana in Microsoft Teams Rooms.
Note: Cortana voice assistance in Microsoft Teams Rooms is currently only supported for use in the United States.
Cortana in Windows
With recent updates to Windows, you have access to a new Cortana experience that offers an emphasis on productivity, helping you quickly find the information you want across Microsoft 365. Cortana in Windows features a chat-based UI that gives you the ability to interact with Cortana using your voice or the keyboard.
Note: Productivity skills for Cortana in Windows are currently only supported in English in the United States.
Cortana in Windows can assist you in better managing your schedule and tasks. You can speak or type requests to check your calendar, set a reminder, or add to your lists in Microsoft To Do. And you can look up local information, get definitions, and keep track of the latest news, weather, and finance information with Bing search.
In the latest update to Cortana in Windows, you can search for documents and compose quick emails. You can also invoke the app using the wake word "Cortana."
Play My Emails in Outlook
Cortana can help you stay on top of what’s new in your inbox with Play My Emails in Outlook. This feature is available today on iOS and Android devices. With an intelligent read out of your emails, natural language interaction with Cortana and a user interface designed for people on the move, you can stay organized and get time back in your day.
Note: Play My Emails is currently supported in iOS and Android for use in English in the United States, Canada, India, Australia, and the United Kingdom. It is also supported in iOS and Android for use in Portuguese in Brazil.
The new user experience is optimized for people on the move, and works best when you’re connected to an audio device, such as Bluetooth-enabled wireless or wired headphones, or your car audio system. Play My Emails has a simplified user experience with large visual assets and touch targets that provide context about your emails at a glance. You can use one finger to swipe to the next message or act on a message, or use voice commands for touch-free email triage. You can choose either a masculine or feminine voice for the email readout.
With the latest updates to Play My Emails in iOS, you can interact with your inbox while your phone is in your pocket, initiate a call with the sender of an email to move the conversation forward in real time, play emails from a specific person, time, or topic, and connect multiple eligible accounts to the experience.
Briefing email from Microsoft Viva
To help you stay prepared and productive, the Briefing email now includes employee experience insights. It will be delivered to your inbox from Microsoft Viva and it will connect you to personal productivity and wellbeing insights, learning recommendations, and more. The email will continue to surface important reminders from Cortana, such as outstanding commitments, requests, and follow-ups that might have fallen through the cracks.
To learn more, see How Cortana helps you in Briefing email from Microsoft Viva
A new service from Cortana helps you save the time and hassle of coordinating meetings by handing off scheduling to Cortana. To use Scheduler, you copy Cortana in an email with other people and ask to schedule a meeting. Cortana handles all the back-and-forth emails to find a time when everyone can meet and then sends out an invite on your behalf.
Note: Scheduler is currently only supported in English in the United States.
Cortana communicates with your contacts by email to provide a natural, almost human, scheduling experience. Scheduler works with your Office 365, Outlook.com, or Google calendar. Cortana, using Scheduler, knows your meeting preferences and uses them to find the best times.
To learn more about how to use Scheduler, see the Scheduler FAQ.
Cortana is designed to protect your privacy. It meets Office 365’s enterprise-level privacy, security, and compliance promises, processing data safely and securely to fulfill your requests.
Learn more about how Cortana handles your data.