Microsoft Teams | Updates from Build 2020

Neetika Rana
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Building, publishing and managing apps is easier than ever

Microsoft has come up with a host of new capabilities to help developers get the most out of the apps they build and publish making them easier than ever to manage. The result will be that developers can spend more time building and less time deploying.  

Visual Code & Visual Studio Code Extension for Teams

It begins with the Visual Code extension which is now available in public preview with the Visual Studio extension due soon. Both extensions allow developers to quickly build project scaffolding, configure features, create app package manifest and set up hosting, validate app package manifest, and start the app publishing process for themselves, to their organisation’s catalog, or the Teams app store.

Teams to get low-code bots with Power Virtual Agents

Microsoft is partnering with the low-code chatbot platform Power Virtual Agents to offer new Bot Template and Single Sign-on features that will make it easier to create and manage low-code chatbots from within Teams. They will also streamline the process for end-users to use Power Virtual Agents bots in Teams.

Power Virtual Agents blog chat

Simplified Power Apps & Power Virtual Agents ‘Add to Teams’

Coming soon is a new streamlined approach for adding custom solutions to Teams from Power Apps and Power Virtual Agents. Power Apps makers will be able to click a single ‘Add to Teams’ button which will push the app to the Teams app store. Similarly, the process of adding low-code bots from Power Virtual Agents will be simplified.

Power Apps One Click Add to Teams

Better workflow automation with Power Automate + Teams

Teams have several new Power Automate triggers and actions which unlock custom message extensions, allow for automated @mentioning, and provide a customized bot experience. And to make the building automation process even easier and more relevant, Teams also has new business process scenario templates which creators can see when they select the ‘Create from Template option.

Power Automate triggers-actions

Easier Power BI sharing to Teams

To aid data-driven conversations, it’s now even easier to share Power BI reports to Teams. Users simply select the report to share and click Power BI’s new ‘Share to Teams’ button to be prompted to select the user or channel to send the report to. The report is then automatically posted to the conversation.

PowerBIsharetoTeams2

Mobile capability for Apps

Developers will soon be able to connect native mobile device capabilities to their apps, such as camera, location, and microphone.

Mobile capability for apps

Let’s Hear it for Azure Active Directory’s Single Sign-On

End users will soon be able to enjoy Azure Active Directory’s Single Sign-On for supported Teams apps on both desktop and mobile. After they’re signed into Teams, end-users won’t have to sign in again on apps that integrate with single sign-on. Developers will also enjoy a simplified authentication process through a single API call.

 

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