Microsoft unvailed a new feature which might make emails more interesting an improvements to Play My Emails. As the name suggests, Play My Emails allows Microsoft’s chatty Cortana assistant to read your inbox to you if you don’t have any hands free to scroll through it yourself.
American tech giant is upping the ante with Play My Emails by introducing new support for Microsoft Search that should allow you to find particular messages easier than ever before.
Explaining the functionality, Microsoft said: “We also announced the expansion of Play My Emails on Android—where Cortana provides an intelligent read-out of your emails. Play My Emails can help you catch up and act on what’s new in your inbox whether you are mid-commute or getting ready in the morning, so that you can be fully present when you are home.
“To further enable hands-free activities, you can now use Microsoft Search that recognises natural language on iOS and Android. Simply find your results faster and easier by using language you use every day to filter and narrow your search—just speak it or type it.”
The new search functionality for Play My Emails on Android will start rolling out to users in the “coming months”.
Microsoft also announced a bunch of new calendar features for Outlook that allow you to link personal and work agendas to give you a clearer idea of when you’re actually free.
The tech giant was eager to emphasise that while this functionality will improve the overall user experience, it is putting measures in place to ensure privacy is not compromised.
Microsoft explained: “Juggling work meetings with personal appointments can be a struggle, particularly if your work and personal calendars aren’t connected. Today, we announced new features in Outlook on the web that help you manage all your commitments, across your work and life, in one place.
“With these new features, you can link your personal calendar to your work calendar to show your real availability in your work account, while still maintaining privacy around the details of personal appointments and business meetings.”
Of course, Microsoft’s presentation yesterday also announced a bunch of huge features for the likes of Microsoft Teams, Skype, Word, PowerPoint and Excel to name a few.
You can read about all of the new features Microsoft announced here.