What's new with Cortana?

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 in Teams includes calling, messaging, meeting help, and more

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

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

To learn more about the kinds of things Cortana voice assistance in Teams can help you do, see our support topic or watch our video

Cortana in Windows

Rendering of Cortana in Windows

With recent updates to Windows 10, 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 10 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. To learn what you can do with Cortana in Windows worldwide, see our support topic.  

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."

To learn more about what you can do with Cortana in Windows, see our support topic or watch our video

Play My Emails in Outlook

Rendering of Play My Emails in Outlook mobile

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 only supported in iOS and Android for use in English in the United States. 

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.

To learn more about what you can do with Play My Emails, see our support topic or watch our video

Briefing email

The Briefing email from Cortana can help you get a head start on your day.

The Briefing email helps you stay in control of your calendar and be intentional about your day. Within a few hours of the start of your workday, you'll get an email about any relevant items to help you better prepare for the day ahead, including:

  • Outstanding commitments, requests, and follow-ups to and from other collaborators in email that might have fallen through the cracks

  • Documents related to today’s meetings that you might want to review beforehand

  • Suggested focus time you can schedule to help get independent work done

As of September 2020, the Briefing email is becoming generally available for Microsoft 365 Enterprise users in English.

To learn more about what you can do with the Briefing email, see our support topic or watch our video

Scheduler

Rendering of Cortana Scheduler

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.

Privacy protection

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.

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