Microsoft announces new features for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft announces new features for Microsoft Teams

During their recent Build 2022 developer conference, the tech giant Microsoft announced that their business communication platform Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 are getting a slew of new capabilities and features. Some of the most notable announcements include Loop components and Live Share, enabling simpler real-time collaboration across Microsoft Office 365. Live Share is among the various new additions that builds and improves Teams apps by allowing user interaction with different types of content within meetings to make them more interactive and collaborative. Below, we list the rundown of all the new things being added to Teams.


1. Loop 

Loop components in Microsoft Teams chat provide new ways to generate ideas, create, and make decisions as one. Meeting participants will be able to send components, such as documents, tables, or task lists, that everyone else in the chat can view, edit, and see changes as they are applied. 


2. Live Share 

Live Share enables Teams apps to become a collaborative multi-experience wherein meeting participants can share, use, and edit workflows and tasks for non-Microsoft apps inside Teams. Since third-party app usage is becoming more utilised within meetings, those designed to run with Live Share synchronisation shall work on Teams managed and hosted on A Microsoft Azure Fluid Relay service instance instead of a separate system. 


3. New Change Tracking Tools

A new set of tools has been introduced that make it easier for users to track changes. The functionality is available through CRUD (create, read, update, delete) APIs for approval within Teams. 


4. New Collaboration Controls 

Power Apps now has new collaboration controls that enable ‘drag and drop’ functionality of Microsoft 365 features onto apps developed via Power Apps. This includes features for Microsoft Teams meetings, files, tasks, and chats. 


5. Teams Toolkit

The announced Teams Toolkit for CLI and Visual Studio Code is a one-stop shop for building collaborative apps via Teams. Numerous partners are taking advantage of this toolkit to bring a connected experience across Office, Outlook, and Teams to life using their apps.


6. New App Building Features 

Many of the latest features introduced are specifically made for developing new apps. An example is the Azure Communication Services sample app builder, which allows for building and deploying basic apps for a virtual environment. Similarly, the enhanced Microsoft Graph API now allows for embedding Team chats directly into apps, cutting down the list of apps users need to stay on top of and to improve the overall end-user experience. 


7. Teams SDK

The latest Teams SDK empowers developers so they can deploy across Microsoft 365 and Teams, all while building just once. It lets users develop apps for Office, Outlook, and Teams in one application and development model and develop collaborative apps that leverage the features specific to each software product.  

Moreover, Teams also now allows for adding apps to Teams through links or QR codes, simplifying adding apps to mobile devices. Another noteworthy addition is in-app licensing and purchasing, which lets Teams developers enable the functionality of their apps and turn them from a free service to a freemium one. Last, Microsoft is working to simplify managing and assigning purchased licenses in Team apps to save developers from having to build a license management system of their own. Soon, they can choose to delegate license management to Microsoft instead. 



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