At Build, Microsoft’s annual developer conference held digitally for the first time ever, Microsoft was so excited to translate what its team had learned into new features and enhancements to help our clients stay productive and connected, or, in other words, to enable them to keep work moving, no matter what.
Microsoft introduced a whole host of new innovations and capabilities
that you, as a developer, can use to make your apps more integrated, powerful and intuitive – using the Microsoft 365 Platfrom.
Besides, Microsoft also announced a spate of new features in Microsoft teams, Fluid Framework, Project Cortex, Outlook and Edge, and introduced the new Microsoft Lists app. In this blog, we’ll be focusing on the latest innovations to be added soon to Microsoft Teams.
New Features and Capabilities in Microsoft Teams
Microsoft is bringing in creative features, from customized templates, to new tasking capabilities, to help users stay productive in teams.
Customizable Templates to create new teams faster and more easily
Rolling out in the next few months, Templates in Teams will soon enable you to pick up from a variety of customizable templates when creating a new team, which helps you get started quickly. IT professionals can also create new custom templates for their organization and templatize existing teams, allowing them to standardize team structures, surface relevant apps, and scale best practices.
Choose from common business scenarios, like event management and crisis response, as well as industry-specific templates, like a hospital ward or bank branch. Each template comes with pre-defined channels, apps, and guidance.
Integrating Teams with Microsoft Power Platfrom
Microsoft also announced a fresh integration between Teams and Power Platform. This new integration comes with a spate of enhancements and newly added features to the Power Platform. This will enable users to integrate, scale and transform business processes with Teams.
Easily create and manage chatbots in Teams
Integrating with Teams is also easier than ever: Just select the bot you want to use and then click Add to Teams. For additional convenience, Power Virtual Agents now supports single sign-on (SSO), so users will no longer have to reauthenticate when using Teams for the first time.
Quickly add custom apps and automated workflows to Teams
Developers and admins will soon be able to add their custom applications from Power Apps to Teams with a single click of the Add to Teams
button. To get started, open make.powerapps.com
, click “…“ next to the canvas app you’d like to publish, and select Add to Teams
Meanwhile, new Power Automate business process templates for Teams will allow creators to streamline workflows using pre-built templates, or as a base to customize their own. Finally, new Teams-specific triggers and actions will enable you to create custom message extensions, automate @mentioning and message posting to channels, and customize bot names. These features are coming soon.
Share Power BI reports in Teams
Power BI users can now share reports, or specific charts in reports, to Teams with the new Share to Teams button. Senders can also direct the recipient’s attention to a specific chart in a report or share to an entire team. To get started, select Send to Teams from the Power BI portal and type in the team name you’d like to share with.
Meetings and events
Across time zones and social-distancing scenarios, organizations need to connect and collaborate in gatherings large and small. New Teams capabilities help you design the best experience for every occasion.
Schedule virtual appointments via Bookings in Teams
Organizations will now be able to schedule, manage, and conduct business-to-consumer virtual appointments through the new Bookings app integration in Microsoft Teams
. With a single scheduling experience, you can manage multiple departments or locations and securely host everything from candidate interviews and student office hours to financial consultations and medical visits.
Broadcast events and create studio productions from a virtual stage in Teams
With so many organizations working remotely, and travel at a record low, how do you recreate the magic of an in-person presentation or interview for an all-remote audience? Introducing new Network Device Interface (NDI) support and Skype TX interoperability for Teams. It offers a more advanced set of production options for both public and private, customized, high-scale broadcasts.
Coming soon, NDI for Microsoft Teams will transform a Teams meeting into a virtual stage by converting each participant’s video into a discrete video source that can be used in the production tool of your choice: OBS, Wirecast, Xsplit, StreamLabs, and many more. This functionality enables you to use Teams meetings in other ways, including hosting a professional broadcast.
Secure and remote scheduling
Shifts lets Firstline Workers and their managers use mobile devices to manage schedules and keep in touch.
Extend the Shifts app in Teams
New capabilities in the Shifts app extends functionality and enables integration with existing systems. First, the Graph APIs for Shifts are now generally available, so can you integrate them with any other external workforce management tool, including custom workforce management systems. Plus, new Power Automate actions enable developers to take information from Shifts and create customized workflows with other apps or perform operations at scale. Finally, new triggers and templates will help support a variety of timesaving and process-optimization scenarios, like enabling auto-approvals for shift requests in scenarios where a manager’s approval is not needed.