Previews of Loop components in Teams chats and Outlook email and collaboration controls in Power Apps are among the biggest announcements for Microsoft’s popular collaboration app at this year’s Build conference.
Coming this summer, approval API previews for Teams frontline and desktop users, an app from Figma, new license management features in the Teams app store, a link deployment extension, and a Bosch Cognitive Service Maintenance app in Teams, among other new features.
Microsoft held its Build conference online this week as the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Microsoft’s latest quarterly earnings call in AprilCEO Satya Nadella spoke about the continued importance of Teams for remote workers and the ways the tech giant is adding to the application, including with the Teams Essentials services package aimed at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) , Teams Phones and Teams Rooms devices to enhance office meetings.
Total minutes for Operator Connect functionality used with Teams phones increased eight times quarter-over-quarter, Nadella said during an earnings call, as an example of the growth in Teams beyond just instant messaging.
“Teams is the most widely used and advanced workplace platform and only solution with meetings, calls, chat, collaboration and business process automation,” Nadella said. “And organizations – from enterprises to SMEs – rely on Teams to run their business. Our comprehensive approach reduces complexity and costs. Microsoft 365 customers can save up to 60% over a patchwork of single-point identity, productivity, collaboration and meeting solutions.
Here are the biggest Microsoft Teams and 365 announcements from Build 2022.
Microsoft Loop Updates
Microsoft will launch a private preview in June for developers to build Loop components with adaptive cards.
According to Microsoft, developers can copy and paste adaptive card-based Loop components into Teams chat and Outlook emails. Components will stay in sync in chats and emails when users copy and paste them into other chats and emails.
Users can also find relevant adaptive loop components based on context maps in email or chat.
Microsoft introduced its Loop app to Ignite Fall 2021. Its lists, boards, notes, tasks and other components allow workers to collaborate on synchronized projects.
Live sharing in Teams
Microsoft has launched a preview of new Teams SDK extensions for developers to integrate “live sharing” functionality into apps.
Live sharing allows meeting participants to annotate, edit, zoom in, zoom out, and interact with shared content in a Teams meeting window, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft’s early live sharing partners include Hexagon, Adobe subsidiary Frame.io, Skillsoft, and MakeCode.
Teams Connect Deployment Expansion
A preview coming later this summer is the ability in Teams to deploy link previews even when apps aren’t installed or when a link shared in Teams isn’t associated with a Teams app.
Developers can add to the app manifest to ensure that their app links run in a map preview, according to Microsoft.
For other links, developers will eventually have the ability to add schema.org structured metadata and tag actions to their website for actionable Teams insights.
Overviews of Teams onboarding tools
A preview coming this summer is collaboration controls in Microsoft Power Apps.
Developers will have the ability to integrate chats, meetings, tasks, files, approvals, and other Microsoft 365 and Teams collaboration features into Power Apps with low-code, drag-and-drop tools.
A preview announced during build is Microsoft Graph APIs for Teams, which gives developers the ability to use Microsoft Graph APIs to integrate Teams chat and channel functionality into apps without switching between multiple tools. according to Microsoft.
Access to the Azure Communication Services sample app builder
A sample Azure Communication Services app builder is available on GitHub for developers who want to build and deploy sample apps for virtual tours in minutes without coding, according to Microsoft.
Developers can use Microsoft Bookings for scheduling and Microsoft Graph UI library and Azure Communication Services for localized, accessible and customizable communication experiences, according to Microsoft.
The app builder is fully open source.
Teams app store
A preview coming this summer is new licensing features in the Microsoft Teams App Store allowing users to assign and track licenses for Teams apps purchased from within the collaboration app.
Now generally available for the store, discovery is enhanced with smart recommendations, app flyouts, and application programming interfaces (APIs) to configure in-app purchases, allowing users to switch from free to paid subscriptions in Teams.
In AprilMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella said the Teams App Store has more than 1,000 third-party apps.
Extended Team Partnerships
A Bosch Cognitive Service Maintenance app in Teams will be available in July in the Teams app store. Users will have the ability to identify spare parts through a captured image or text search and use Teams to collaborate with other departments on purchases and other actions.
A Figma Teams app will be available this summer, giving users the ability to share, present, and collaborate on files for the collaborative design platform within a Teams meeting.
The Wall App for Teams provides users with a shared collaboration space in Teams for asynchronous visual collaboration. The app provides hundreds of templates.
In June, the Observable app in Teams will receive notifications for collaboration comments.
An SAP S/4HANA operational buyer chatbot application in Teams provides users with a conversational user experience and a way to call other parties or schedule Teams meetings with business partners directly from the bot.
An enhancement to the ServiceDesk Plus Cloud app with Microsoft Loop components will soon be available in Teams to allow all users working on tickets to get the latest updates and trigger service desk tasks without switching devices. tab.
A preview coming this summer is Approval APIs for Developers to add functionality for frontline and office workers to create, manage, and share approvals in the workflow.
Microsoft has made Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code and a command-line interface generally available, allowing developers to build, build, debug, and publish apps for Teams on the web and mobile devices in minutes. A Teams toolkit for Visual Studio 2022 is available in preview, according to Microsoft.
Now in private preview, an application compliance automation tool helps ISVs make applications secure and compliant with M365 certification. The tool aims to automate parts of the validation process that once required manual steps from ISVs, according to Microsoft.
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