Using Cortana voice assistance in Teams

Cortana voice assistance is supported for English language work accounts in the Teams mobile app and Microsoft Teams displays to help you streamline communication, collaboration, and meeting-related tasks using spoken natural language.

Start using Cortana voice assistance by selecting the microphone button located in the upper right of the Teams mobile app, or by saying, "Hey, Cortana".

You can now use your English language school account to get voice assistances in the Teams mobile app for help with all your school-related tasks.

Read on for more details about the kinds of things you can do with Cortana voice assistance.

Note: Cortana voice assistance 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.


Teams mobile app: 

Screenshot of invoking Cortana in Teams mobile


Microsoft Teams display:

Microsoft Teams display - queries screen

Personal 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 Microsoft 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 or by saying “Hey, Cortana”. You can control whether you want to activate Cortana with your voice via a setting in the Teams mobile app:

  1. Open the Teams mobile app.

  2. Go to Settings.

  3. Select Cortana.

  4. Turn the Voice activation toggle switch On to be able to activate Cortana with your voice.

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, without audio output, select the speaker icon, which will then appear with a slash through it.  
 

Cortana mobile: speaker icon highlighted

Use Siri Shortcuts with Teams mobile

Set up Siri Shortcuts on iOS to quickly open Teams and join meetings.

To open Teams via Siri Shortcut:

  1. Open the Teams mobile app on your iOS device.

  2. Go to Settings.

  3. Select Cortana.

  4. Under Siri Shortcut, select Open Cortana in Teams

  5. Select Add to Siri.

When you want to open Teams using the Siri shortcut, invoke Siri and then say, "Hey Siri, open Cortana in Teams."  

To join your meeting via Siri Shortcut:

  1. Open the Teams mobile app on your iOS device.

  2. Go to Settings.

  3. Select Cortana.

  4. Under Siri Shortcut, select Join my meeting.

  5. Select Add to Siri.

When you want to join your meeting using the Siri shortcut, invoke Siri and then say, "Hey Siri, join my meeting."  

Calls, meetings, and classes

To connect with someone while you’re on the go, say, "Hey, Cortana, call Megan".

Teams mobile app: 

Screenshot of calling in Teams mobile


When you’re ready to join a meeting, say, “Hey, Cortana, join my next meeting” or if you're using a school account, say, "Hey, Cortana, join my next class".

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, “Hey, Cortana, add Megan to the call".

Teams mobile app: 

Cortana mobile: add person screen


Present a deck by saying, "Hey, Cortana, present the quarterly review deck".

Microsoft Teams display:

Microsoft Teams display - present deck screen


Or, you can navigate to a particular slide in your presentation by saying, "Hey, Cortana, go to the appendix slide".

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, "Hey, Cortana, send a message to Jonathan".

Microsoft Teams display:

Microsoft Teams display - send message to person screen


And if you want to get in touch with the team, try saying, "Hey, Cortana, send a message to my next meeting".

Teams mobile app:  

Cortana mobile send message screen

Find, search, and navigate

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, "Hey, Cortana, share the marketing review deck with Jonathan".


Microsoft Teams display:

Microsoft Teams display - share file screen


For help finding a previous Teams chat, say, "Hey, Cortana, open my chat with Jacob".

Teams mobile app:  

Cortana mobile find and open screen


To see what you’ve missed while you were away, say, “Hey, Cortana, go to my unread activity”.

Teams mobile app:  

Screenshot of message search results


See who’s tagged you in Teams by saying, “Hey, Cortana, go to my mentions”.

Teams mobile app:  

Screen shot of mention search results

What you can do with Cortana voice assistance

For the initial release of Cortana voice assistance, covering Microsoft 365 Enterprise licenses in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, India, and Australia, 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, select the mic button and say, "Hey, Cortana, what can you do?".


Meeting and class skills:

Calendar

When’s my next meeting?

When's my next class?

What meetings do I have on Tuesday?

How many classes do I have today?

What meetings do I have on July 15?

When's my bio lab?

Cancel my meeting

When am I meeting with John?

Meeting  

Join a meeting

Join my class

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

Leave class

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

Show me Terry's activity

Go to the Marketing channel

Go to the Planning channel in Advertising


Microsoft Teams display skills: 

Lock

Volume control

Go back

Go home

Join meeting (hands-free)

Personal 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 Microsoft 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 or by saying “Hey, Cortana”. You can control whether you want to activate Cortana with your voice via a setting in the Teams mobile app:

  1. Open the Teams mobile app.

  2. Go to Settings.

  3. Select Cortana.

  4. Turn the Voice activation toggle switch On to be able to activate Cortana with your voice.

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, without audio output, select the speaker icon, which will then appear with a slash through it.  
 

Cortana mobile: speaker icon highlighted

Use Siri Shortcuts with Teams mobile

Set up Siri Shortcuts on iOS to quickly open Teams and join meetings.

To open Teams via Siri Shortcut:

  1. Open the Teams mobile app on your iOS device.

  2. Go to Settings.

  3. Select Cortana.

  4. Under Siri Shortcut, select Open Cortana in Teams

  5. Select Add to Siri.

When you want to open Teams using the Siri shortcut, invoke Siri and then say, "Hey Siri, open Cortana in Teams."  

To join your meeting via Siri Shortcut:

  1. Open the Teams mobile app on your iOS device.

  2. Go to Settings.

  3. Select Cortana.

  4. Under Siri Shortcut, select Join my meeting.

  5. Select Add to Siri.

When you want to join your meeting using the Siri shortcut, invoke Siri and then say, "Hey Siri, join my meeting."  

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