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New collaborative app tools for Teams: Microsoft

Microsoft has simplified the process of developing collaborative applications for Teams and Microsoft 365 for developers.

On Tuesday, at the company’s Build 2021 developer conference, the business unveiled new tools that would allow developers to create better meeting experiences for Team meetings in their applications.

Shared stage integration, which is currently in preview, enables developers to access the main stage in a Teams meeting through a simple setup in their app manifest.

“This creates a new surface for your meetings applications, like as whiteboarding, design, and project boards, to allow real-time, multi-user collaborative experiences,” said Nicole Herskowitz, General Manager, Microsoft Teams.

Additionally, developers may automate meeting-related operations through events such as meeting start and finish — with many more event APIs scheduled to be released later this year.

“Coming this summer, extensibility for Together mode will enable you to build and share bespoke scenes for Teams meetings. This enables developers to create bespoke scenarios through the Developer Portal for Teams, which makes meetings more engaging and tailored for your business,” Microsoft said.

End-users may effortlessly collaborate with colleagues to accomplish projects at any time, from any location, and remain in the flow of work without having to move between numerous applications and data.

“With common web technologies, JavaScript, and a few team APIs, link your current application effectively with teams to rapidly and efficiently integrate messages, channels, and meetings with teams,” stated the startup.

“Fluid components in Microsoft Teams are currently available in private preview and will be rolled out to more customers in the coming months,” the company said.

In Teams chat, end-users may send a message that includes a table, action items, or a list that can be co-authored and amended by everyone in line and is shareable across Office products such as Outlook.

Outlook will soon allow message extensions. When users create a message, they will have the option of choosing from a new menu of search-based message extensions.

For instance, a user may create an email and then choose a message extension that reveals tasks from their Teams app to distribute to coworkers.

Microsoft Cloud, the business said, provides a complete stack of technologies for developing collaborative applications.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti


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