Making it easier to stay caught up with Cortana in Microsoft 365

With the recent events leading up to the world's largest work shift from home, we could all use some help to keep up with work while juggling personal responsibilities. Introducing updates available starting today with Cortana, your personal productivity assistant on Microsoft 365, to make it easier to catch up on your busy schedule and focus on what matters.

Stay up-to-date with Cortana on Windows 10 —To help you save time finding what you need and stay focused, we're launching a new chat-based Cortana experience on Windows 10 focused on improving your productivity. With this, you can ask Cortana to use natural language to quickly check her schedule, connect with people, set reminders, or add tasks in Microsoft To Do. You can also find local information, get definitions, and keep track of the latest news, weather, and financial updates with Bing as an optional connected Cortana service. Just type or click the microphone button and say commands like "Am I free at 9?", "Find time with Nestor to talk about the budget," "Join my meeting," "Remind me to review expenses all." Fridays at 3 PM "and beyond. This productivity-focused experience is now generally available in English to customers in the United States with the Windows 10 May 2020 update. In the coming months, with regular app updates to Through the Microsoft Store, we will enhance this experience to support Word Wake invocation and enable listening when you say "Cortana", offer more productivity capabilities, such as displaying relevant emails and documents to help you prepare for meetings, and expand the supported capabilities for international users.

Stay organized and connected with Play My Emails —To help you manage your time and tasks while listening to new emails and changes in your day, we are rolling out updates to the Play My Emails experience in Outlook for iOS. Now you can ask Cortana to schedule a meeting in response to an email and add an email to her to-do list, making it easy to do while away from your computer. We've also introduced voice commands and touch targets to send responses to meeting invitations, as well as an option to quickly join an active online meeting or send a "I'm Late" message to participants. These new task and time management updates are now generally available to customers in the United States with Play My Emails in Outlook for iOS. And we are pleased to confirm that Play My Emails will begin rolling out to Outlook for Android in the coming weeks.

Start your day with the Email Briefing —To help you stay well prepared for upcoming meetings and stay on top of commitments, we are introducing Cortana's new Email Briefing. This personalized summary will automatically appear in your Outlook inbox near the start of your workday, providing smart, actionable document recommendations so you can review ahead of the day's meetings and draw your attention to pending requests or commitments from past emails you want to follow up on. This email will also make it easier for you to reserve "focus time" during your work day for uninterrupted focused work with Microsoft Team notifications muted. Briefing is currently being implemented in First Release for Microsoft 365 Enterprise users with Exchange Online mailboxes in English.

  Animated image of Cortana Daily Briefings on Outlook Mobile. The user opens a daily briefing, marks a complete quality report, a complete task and reserves focus time before consulting their calendar.

As a personal productivity assistant that is a natural part of Microsoft 365, Cortana processes data securely to fulfill your requests. Protecting your data and your privacy is our highest priority, and we give you control over your data. These new Cortana experiences are delivered using services that fully deliver on Office 365 enterprise-level privacy, security, and compliance promises as set out in the Online Service Terms, and are enabled by default. For a closer look at the user experience and information about administrative settings, watch this Microsoft Mechanics demo. Try these experiences today and keep an eye out for innovations that come with Cortana in Microsoft 365 to help you make the most of your time.

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