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Cortana – 5 Ways Your Microsoft Teams Assistant Is Ready to Help

If you are a dedicated user of Microsoft Teams, like we are at CTI, you probably are always looking for ways to make your Teams environment even more efficient. If you are used to summoning Alexa, Siri, and other virtual assistants to give you a much-needed lift, now, there’s one more name to learn: Cortana.
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Cortana’s sole purpose is to help make Teams users more effective and productive. You can consider Cortana an all-in-one Teams interface. With the help of our partners at SIPPIO, we’ve compiled the five most useful ways to summon Cortana to your beck and call:
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1. Schedule meetings: If you’re tired of the constant back and forth emailing it takes to schedule meetings with colleagues, customers and partners, you can simply ask Cortana, or CC “her,” adding a simple request line in the email. Cortana will take it from there. She will send a beautiful, professional email to the other recipients introducing herself as your personal assistant, providing available times on everyone’s calendars, and then schedule the meeting.
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2. Hands-Free Calling and Collaboration. With a simple voice command, Cortana will look up your contacts by name and make calls without you ever having to touch your phone.  She can also share files, check calendars, and more.
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3. Check emails and messages while on-the-go. Use Cortana to interact with your inbox while driving, or when your phone is in your pocket or otherwise out of reach.
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4. Reply to emails with a phone call. Using Teams calling services, Cortana can initiate a call from an email sender to move conversations forward in real-time, play emails from a specific person, time or topic.
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5. Ensure Meetings Start on Time. If you’re stuck in traffic, you can simply ask Cortana to start a Microsoft Teams meeting without having to pull over or trying to dial-in by hand. If you’re not the host, Cortana can connect you by saying, “join my next meeting.”
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Pairing Cortana with a Teams calling plan provides the agility you need to get things done. To leverage Cortana as your virtual assistant, sign up with Microsoft’s https://calendar.help/ and let AI do all the work of scheduling meetings for you!
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