Previews for Loop components in Teams chats and Outlook emails and collaboration controls in Power Apps are among the biggest announcements for Microsoft’s popular collaboration application at this year’s Build conference.
This summer will see approval API previews for frontline and office Teams users, an app from Figma, new license management capabilities in the Teams App Store, an extension of the link, and a Bosch Cognitive Service Maintenance app in Teams, among other new features. functions.
Microsoft held its Build conference online this week as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.
During Microsoft’s latest quarterly earnings call in aprilCEO Satya Nadella spoke about the continued importance of Teams for remote workforces and ways the tech giant is adding to the app, including with its Teams Essentials suite of services targeting small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), Teams phones and Teams Rooms devices to facilitate meetings. improve an office.
The total number of minutes for the Operator Connect feature used with Teams Phones has increased eight times a quarter, Nadella said during a revenue call as an example of Teams’ growth beyond simple instant messaging.
“Teams is the most widely used and most advanced platform for work and the only solution with meetings, conversations, chat, collaboration and business process automation,” said Nadella. “And organizations – from enterprises to SMEs – rely on teams to run their business. Our total approach reduces complexity and costs. Microsoft 365 customers can save as much as 60 percent compared to a patchwork of single-point identity, productivity, collaboration and conferencing 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 create Loop components with adaptive maps.
Developers can copy and paste adaptive map-based Loop components into Teams chat and Outlook emails, according to Microsoft. The components stay in sync in chats and emails while users copy and paste them into other chats and emails.
Users can also find relevant adaptive map-based Loop components based on context in an email or chat.
Microsoft introduced its Loop application on Ignite fall 2021† The lists, tables, notes, tasks and other components keep employees working together on projects in sync.
Share live in Teams
Microsoft released a preview for new Teams Software Development Kit (SDK) extensions for developers to embed “live share” capabilities into applications.
Live sharing allows meeting participants to annotate, edit, zoom in, zoom out and interact with content shared in a Teams meeting window.
Early Microsoft Live Share partners include Hexagon, Adobe subsidiary Frame.io, Skillsoft, and MakeCode.
Teams link unfolding expansion
A preview coming later this summer will include the ability in Teams to unfold link previews even when applications 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 make sure their app links unfold in a map preview, Microsoft said.
For other links, developers will eventually have the option to add structured schema.org metadata and tag actions in their website for actionable Teams previews.
Team Embed Tools Previews
A preview for collaboration controls in Microsoft Power Apps is coming this summer.
Developers have the ability to embed chat, meetings, tasks, files, approvals, and other collaboration capabilities from Microsoft 365 and Teams into Power Apps with low-code tools and drag and drop.
A preview announced during Build is for Microsoft Graph APIs for Teams, which allows developers to use Microsoft Graph APIs to embed Teams chat and channel features into applications without having to switch between multiple tools, Microsoft said.
Azure Communication Services sample app builder access
An Azure Communication Services sample app builder is available on GitHub for developers who want to build and deploy sample applications for virtual visits in minutes without coding, without coding.
According to Microsoft, developers can use Microsoft Bookings for scheduling and Microsoft Graph and Azure Communication Services UI library for localized, accessible, and customizable communication experiences.
The app builder is completely open source.
Teams App Store
New license management capabilities will be previewed this summer in the Microsoft Teams App Store, allowing users to assign and track licenses for purchased Teams apps from within the collaboration application.
Now generally available to the store is enhanced discoverability with intelligent recommendations and application flyouts and application programming interfaces (APIs) to configure in-app purchases so users can upgrade from free to paid subscriptions within Teams.
In AprilMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella said the Teams App Store has more than 1,000 third-party applications.
Extended Teams Partnerships
A Bosch Cognitive Service Maintenance app in Teams will be available in the Teams app store in July. Users can identify spare parts through a captured image or text search and use Teams to collaborate with other departments on procurement and other actions.
A Figma Teams app will be available in the summer, allowing users to share, present and collaborate on files for the collaborative design platform during a Teams meeting.
The Mural app for Teams provides users with a shared collaboration space in Teams for asynchronous visual collaboration. The app offers hundreds of templates.
In June, the Observable app in Teams will receive collaboration comment notifications.
An operational SAP S/4HANA chatbot app for buyers in Teams provides users with a smooth user experience and a way to call other parties or schedule Teams meetings with business partners directly from the bot.
Coming soon to Teams is an enhancement to the ServiceDesk Plus Cloud app with Microsoft Loop components that will allow all users working on tickets to get the latest updates and launch service desk tasks without having to switch tabs.
Opportunities and goals
A preview coming this summer is developer approval APIs to add functionality for frontline and office workers to create, manage, and share approvals in the workflow.
Microsoft has created the widely available Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code and a command-line interface that allows developers to create, 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 is an App Compliance Automation tool to help independent software vendors make apps secure and compliant for M365 certification. The tool aims to automate parts of the validation process that once required manual steps from ISVs, Microsoft said.
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