Build collaborative apps with Microsoft Teams

The impact of the pandemic on technology’s role as an enabler of hybrid work has been dramatic. Developers are at the core of this transformation. Last Microsoft Build, collaborative apps were introduced. This new pattern of app was created to bring people, data, and processes together in order to enable users to thrive in a hybrid workplace. As mobile devices have revolutionized how we consume software, collaboration apps are changing how employees in all organizations work together.

Microsoft Teams gives developers unprecedented opportunities to create collaborative apps with more than 270,000,000 monthly active users. The number of monthly active users of third-party or custom-built apps in Teams has increased more than tenfold since the start of 2020. More than 1400 Teams apps exist, and more and more independent software suppliers (ISVs), are generating millions of dollars annually from customers who use their apps built on Team and Microsoft 365 services. We expect new technologies to bring together the physical and digital worlds, such as Microsoft Mesh For Teams, which will open up new opportunities for collaboration on Teams.

We will be sharing many enhancements and new capabilities this year at Build 2022 for developers creating collaborative apps for Teams or Microsoft 365. For a complete recap of the Build announcements, please read on. They are divided into three sections: how to delight your users with rich collaborative experiences; scale productivity and increase user engagement; and how to monetize your apps. We are excited to see what you create with these new innovations.

Rich collaborative experiences will delight users

LiveShare: Interactive apps for Teams Meetings

We are introducing Live Share This is a way for your apps to do more than passive screen sharing. It allows participants to share their screens and allow them to collaborate, edit, create, and co-watch in Teams meetings. Developers have the option to use New preview extensions The Teams SDK allows you to extend existing Teams apps to create Live Share experiences during meetings. Fluid Framework supports complex synchronization of state and media with minimal front-end development. Live Share is supported by the power that Fluid Framework. This synchronization can be performed on Teams hosted by Fluid Framework. Microsoft Azure Fluid Relay Service instance–at no charge to you Frame.io and Skillsoft were our early partners in creating Live Share experiences. Check out our Live Share session on-demand Try the Extensions to the SDK for new Teams .

In motion demonstration of Live Share collaboration in Microsoft Teams.

Hexagon live-sharing prototype allows engineers to edit and annotate 3D models while brainstorming in Teams meetings.

General availability of Fluid Framework and Azure Fluid Relay

Fluid Framework is an open-source collection of JavaScript libraries for clients that underpins the Live Share real time collaboration capabilities. Azure Fluid Relay, a cloud service fully managed by Microsoft, supports Fluid Framework clients. Fluid Framework and Azure Fluid Relay are used by developers to allow real-time interaction on their apps, beyond Microsoft Teams meetings. The Azure Fluid Relay service and Fluid Framework will be available for production scenarios in the middle of 2022. Stay up to date with Microsoft Developer blogs To learn more about creating collaborative web apps using Fluid Framework and Azure Fluid relay, watch the live session.

Update Adaptive Cards to Create Loop Components

Microsoft Loop components These live, actionable units are a source of productivity that can be moved freely between Microsoft 365 apps. They include Microsoft Outlook and Teams chat. Developers now have the ability to create Loop components. You can now easily transform an existing Adaptive Card component into a Loop component, or create a new Adaptive Card based Loop component. Adaptive Card-based Loop component can also be surfaced using Editor using Context IQ. This allows you to remain in the flow of composing emails. Zoho Projects These Adaptive Card-based Loop components are being used by Zoho Projects to assist customers in improving incident response times, reducing outage durations and overall performance against service level agreements (SLAs). This allows users to complete these tasks across Teams or Outlook. Zoho Projects ServiceDesk Plus Cloud Microsoft Loop is among the first products to be integrated with Microsoft 365 apps. This capability will be available to developers in a private preview starting June 2022. Subscribe to Microsoft Developer Blogs Follow us on Twitter @Microsoft365Dev Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest information.

In motion demonstration of Zoho Projects using the Adaptive Card-based Loop components for legal approval.

Figure 2. Zoho Projects has extended adaptive cards to be active, actionable loop components that work across Teams or Outlook.

Introducing Microsoft Azure Communication Services sample app builder

Microsoft Azure Communication Services interoperability with Teams enables you to create experiences that support seamless communications between customers on any custom app or website and employees working in Teams. For example, Teladoc Health built the first-of-its-kind custom fully integrated clinical and administrative virtual healthcare solution that allows care team collaboration and access to relevant clinical data directly within Teams, and the ability to seamlessly deliver virtual care to patients who join from a custom app.

Side-by-side display of Teladoc Health custom app for virtual healthcare. Clinical team view to the left showing patient and patient view to the right showing physician.

Figure 3. Teladoc Health is enabling care providers to work and connect from Teams while patients join from a custom app built using Azure Communication Services.

Microsoft Azure Communication Services interoperability allows you to create seamless communications between customers using any custom app, website or employees working in Teams. You can take this example: Teladoc Health The first-of-its kind custom integrated clinical and administrative virtual health solution allows care teams to collaborate and access relevant clinical data within Teams. It also gives care team members the ability to seamlessly provide virtual care to patients who sign up from a custom application.

Graph API Enhancements to Embed Chats and Channel Messages into Your Apps

Microsoft Graph chat APIs allow developers to embed Teamschats into their apps, allowing their users to collaborate seamlessly across all platforms without the need to switch between apps. In preview, we are adding several APIs that enable chats with federated user (users outside your tenant), identify which messages have been read by the current user, as well as subscribing and changing memberships. These APIs will generally be available by mid-2022. Visit our Chat message resource type docs page View the On-demand session Learn more

Flexible SharePoint Framework and Microsoft Viva Connections

SharePoint is the most flexible platform for content collaboration that powers experiences across Microsoft 365. SharePoint Framework Now you can create pages and parts in SharePoint sites and Teams apps. It is the core of our extensibility capabilities in the new. Microsoft Viva Connections Employee experience platform. Take a look at the How-to session Viva Connections is focusing on creating tailored experiences for employees that integrate directly with Teams apps.

Side-by-side view of Viva Connections in mobile app and home site in Teams.

Figure 4. This is a sample Microsoft Viva Connections app that runs in both Teams as well as on a mobile device.

Approvals extensibility

Approvals in Microsoft Teams allow everyone, from frontline workers to office workers, to easily manage and share approvals in the flow of work. We have introduced APIs to approve (CRUD), which allow you to create, read and update, as well as delete (URUD) approvals. Developers can access the Approvals APIs for approvals within line-of-business apps. Webhooks are available to track changes and drive workflows using Approvals in Team. Mid-2022 will see the Approvals APIs available for preview. Subscribe to Microsoft Developer Blogs For updates. Check out the On-demand session Learn more

Build developer productivity

Build once and deploy throughout Teams and Microsoft 365

Today we announce the availability of the new Teams SDK. This SDK allows you to create apps for Outlook, Teams, and Office with one application and deployment model. It also lets you build collaborative apps that make full use of each product’s capabilities. To build and test production Teams apps, developers can upgrade to the latest Teams JS SDK v2 or App manifest v1.13. Developers will be able to run full-scale pilots on preview channels in Outlook and Office. Developers will be able to provide feedback and prepare for distribution of their apps on Outlook or Office later in the calendar year.

All your existing Teams apps will work in Teams with production-level support because these updates are backward-compatible. To support extended apps, our Teams developer experience, including our Microsoft Teams Designer Documentation and tooling, support, code repository, has been updated. With existing Teams experiences, you can distribute single-tenant or multi-tenant apps. For more information, visit our on demand session regarding extending Teams apps across Microsoft 365.

In motion demonstration of MURAL extending personal tabs and search-based message extensions.

Figure 5. MURAL will expand its Teams app’s personal and search-based messages extensions to other Microsoft apps.

MURAL was one of the first partners The apps bring the connected experience across Teams and Outlook to life. For example, the above example shows a search-based extension inserting a MURAL directly in an Outlook message as an interactive Adaptive card. MURAL was not the only tool we developed. We also had help from several partners including Adobe, eCare Vault and Polly. ServiceNow, SurveyMonkey and SurveyMonkey.

Toolkit for Teams on Visual Studio Code and CLI

Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Code, as well as the command-line interface, (CLI), are all tools that can be used to quickly build Microsoft 365 apps and Teams. Teams Toolkit allows you to quickly create, build and debug apps, as well as test them, before you deploy them. We are pleased to announce that the Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code (and CLI) is now available. You can use scenario-based code to build notification and command-and response bots. Automate upgrades to the latest Teams SDK versions and debug apps straight to Outlook or Office. Get started building apps using Team Toolkit today.

Github screen view for developers demonstration scenario-based code scaffolds.

Figure 6. Using the Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code, you can build a notification app that Microsoft Teams uses.

Power Apps with Collaboration Controls

Collaboration Controls are now available in Power Apps. This allows developers to drag and drop Microsoft 365 collaboration features such as Teams chats and meetings, files, Tasks-by-Planner, tasks, and more into custom apps that have been built with Power Apps. In mid-2022, Collaboration Controls will become available as a preview. See the On-demand session Learn more. Subscribe to the Blog Power Apps Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest information.

Increase user engagement and monetize your applications

Compliance Automation Software for Microsoft 365

The Microsoft 365 App compliance Program evaluates and displays the trustworthiness and privacy of industry standards such as ISO 27001 and SOC 2. PCI DSS for security, privacy and data handling. To help developers accelerate their compliance journey, we are announcing the App Compliance Automation tool for Microsoft 365. It is available for apps built on Azure. This tool allows developers to automate many tasks in order to get the certification quicker and easier. The tool generates reports that can easily be shared with developers to aid IT in gaining visibility into app security and compliance. Find out more at our App Compliance Automator Tool for Microsoft 365 docs.

Better app manageability and discoverability

The Teams Store allows users to find the right app through updated app categories and curated app collections. It also features top apps and intelligent recommendations based upon what peers and colleagues are using. We are making the Teams Store a central place for users to track their apps across different Teams and group chats. Users can also see the permissions required by these apps. To help users find the right apps, we are making tabs, message extension and connectors more contextual. This will allow them to increase their use of ISV apps in Team. In the context of writing messages, for example, the message extensions suggestions will be organized according to tasks and actions that users can do with them. Users on mobile devices will be able to add their apps directly from their mobile device via a link or QR code.

In-app purchasing for the Microsoft Teams apps

Developers and partners are asking for the ability to add a paywall experience to their Teams app. This allows you to convert a free app to a freemium edition, where you can decide when to ask your users to subscribe. With just a few lines code, the new in-app purchasing functionality is now available. Find out more at our in app purchases docs.

Microsoft Teams subscription plan options for in-app purchasing.

Figure 7. Developers can enable freemium upgrades directly within Teams with a few lines of code.

Teams app license management

We are also making progress in enabling customers to assign and manage purchased licenses. Developers had previously been able to integrate the license management functionality into their solution. This could be done either on the landing page or within the app. We will soon offer the option to offload license management capabilities to Microsoft so that users can manage and assign licences directly in Teams. This will help to streamline the licensing experience. In mid-2022, Teams will have license management available as a preview.

Brand New collaborative apps for Teams

We are thrilled to see ISVs bring innovative apps for collaboration to Teams in a wide range of situations. These are just a few of the apps that are available right now, or will soon be:

  • MURAL for Teams allows teams to create a shared workspace in Microsoft Teams. Asynchronous visual collaboration can help improve teamwork and turn disengaged conversations into productive, engaging meetings. Teams can also use hundreds of proven, guided methods to empower them to deliver outstanding results. MURAL is a Microsoft Preview Partner. The MURAL app works across Outlook, Teams, and Office to provide a single, connected experience.
  • The Observable app allows companies to combine their data, context and logic in one place. This allows them to discover insights together and to accelerate data-driven decision making across the company. In June 2022, new updates to the Observable app will provide Microsoft Teams notifications for collaboration through comments in Observable.
  • The SAP S/4HANA operational purchaser chatbot offers collaborative capabilities of Microsoft Teams for SAP S/4HANA users in a conversational user interface. It utilizes Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AzureAD) authentication and leverages Microsoft GraphAPIs to enable users to schedule meetings with business partners or call other parties directly from the bot. This allows for seamless integration of the Teams collaboration experience into a standalone SAP app, providing connectivity and collaboration wherever users require it.
  • ServiceDesk plus Cloud app is managed by ManageEngine, Zoho’s enterprise IT management division. Microsoft Teams is used to streamline business and IT service delivery and manage and speed up IT incident resolutions. This improves service experience across the enterprise. The ServiceDesk Plus Cloud App will soon be available. It will replace its static Adaptive cards with Loop components. This will enable everyone on the ticket to receive the latest updates and trigger service desk tasks, without having to switch tabs.
  • Figma is a collaborative design platform that has introduced a new app to allow teams to present, share and collaborate on Figma files and FigJam files in real-time within a Teams meeting. The new Adaptive Card functionality is also used in the app. When a user shares a link for a Figma/FigJam file within a Teams chat the card unfolds and allows users to open that file from within Teams. You can also see and respond directly to file notifications from Teams. Figma will be available in the Teams app store in 2022.

Learn some more

Here are some key resources for learning more about creating collaborative apps using Microsoft Teams or Microsoft 365.

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Joint Network Systems
1100 Brickell Bay Drive
Miami Florida 33231
Tel: 866-JNS-NETS
www.jointnetworks.com

Build collaborative apps with Microsoft Teams

The impact of the pandemic on technology’s role as an enabler of hybrid work has been dramatic. Developers are at the core of this transformation. Last Microsoft Build, collaborative apps were introduced. This new pattern of app was created to bring people, data, and processes together in order to enable users to thrive in a hybrid workplace. As mobile devices have revolutionized how we consume software, collaboration apps are changing how employees in all organizations work together.

Microsoft Teams gives developers unprecedented opportunities to create collaborative apps with more than 270,000,000 monthly active users. The number of monthly active users of third-party or custom-built apps in Teams has increased more than tenfold since the start of 2020. More than 1400 Teams apps exist, and more and more independent software suppliers (ISVs), are generating millions of dollars annually from customers who use their apps built on Team and Microsoft 365 services. We expect new technologies to bring together the physical and digital worlds, such as Microsoft Mesh For Teams, which will open up new opportunities for collaboration on Teams.

We will be sharing many enhancements and new capabilities this year at Build 2022 for developers creating collaborative apps for Teams or Microsoft 365. For a complete recap of the Build announcements, please read on. They are divided into three sections: how to delight your users with rich collaborative experiences; scale productivity and increase user engagement; and how to monetize your apps. We are excited to see what you create with these new innovations.

Rich collaborative experiences will delight users

LiveShare: Interactive apps for Teams Meetings

We are introducing Live Share This is a way for your apps to do more than passive screen sharing. It allows participants to share their screens and allow them to collaborate, edit, create, and co-watch in Teams meetings. Developers have the option to use New preview extensions The Teams SDK allows you to extend existing Teams apps to create Live Share experiences during meetings. Fluid Framework supports complex synchronization of state and media with minimal front-end development. Live Share is supported by the power that Fluid Framework. This synchronization can be performed on Teams hosted by Fluid Framework. Microsoft Azure Fluid Relay Service instance–at no charge to you Frame.io and Skillsoft were our early partners in creating Live Share experiences. Check out our Live Share session on-demand Try the Extensions to the SDK for new Teams .

In motion demonstration of Live Share collaboration in Microsoft Teams.

Hexagon live-sharing prototype allows engineers to edit and annotate 3D models while brainstorming in Teams meetings.

General availability of Fluid Framework and Azure Fluid Relay

Fluid Framework is an open-source collection of JavaScript libraries for clients that underpins the Live Share real time collaboration capabilities. Azure Fluid Relay, a cloud service fully managed by Microsoft, supports Fluid Framework clients. Fluid Framework and Azure Fluid Relay are used by developers to allow real-time interaction on their apps, beyond Microsoft Teams meetings. The Azure Fluid Relay service and Fluid Framework will be available for production scenarios in the middle of 2022. Stay up to date with Microsoft Developer blogs To learn more about creating collaborative web apps using Fluid Framework and Azure Fluid relay, watch the live session.

Update Adaptive Cards to Create Loop Components

Microsoft Loop components These live, actionable units are a source of productivity that can be moved freely between Microsoft 365 apps. They include Microsoft Outlook and Teams chat. Developers now have the ability to create Loop components. You can now easily transform an existing Adaptive Card component into a Loop component, or create a new Adaptive Card based Loop component. Adaptive Card-based Loop component can also be surfaced using Editor using Context IQ. This allows you to remain in the flow of composing emails. Zoho Projects These Adaptive Card-based Loop components are being used by Zoho Projects to assist customers in improving incident response times, reducing outage durations and overall performance against service level agreements (SLAs). This allows users to complete these tasks across Teams or Outlook. Zoho Projects ServiceDesk Plus Cloud Microsoft Loop is among the first products to be integrated with Microsoft 365 apps. This capability will be available to developers in a private preview starting June 2022. Subscribe to Microsoft Developer Blogs Follow us on Twitter @Microsoft365Dev Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest information.

In motion demonstration of Zoho Projects using the Adaptive Card-based Loop components for legal approval.

Figure 2. Zoho Projects has extended adaptive cards to be active, actionable loop components that work across Teams or Outlook.

Introducing Microsoft Azure Communication Services sample app builder

Microsoft Azure Communication Services interoperability with Teams enables you to create experiences that support seamless communications between customers on any custom app or website and employees working in Teams. For example, Teladoc Health built the first-of-its-kind custom fully integrated clinical and administrative virtual healthcare solution that allows care team collaboration and access to relevant clinical data directly within Teams, and the ability to seamlessly deliver virtual care to patients who join from a custom app.

Side-by-side display of Teladoc Health custom app for virtual healthcare. Clinical team view to the left showing patient and patient view to the right showing physician.

Figure 3. Teladoc Health is enabling care providers to work and connect from Teams while patients join from a custom app built using Azure Communication Services.

Microsoft Azure Communication Services interoperability allows you to create seamless communications between customers using any custom app, website or employees working in Teams. You can take this example: Teladoc Health The first-of-its kind custom integrated clinical and administrative virtual health solution allows care teams to collaborate and access relevant clinical data within Teams. It also gives care team members the ability to seamlessly provide virtual care to patients who sign up from a custom application.

Graph API Enhancements to Embed Chats and Channel Messages into Your Apps

Microsoft Graph chat APIs allow developers to embed Teamschats into their apps, allowing their users to collaborate seamlessly across all platforms without the need to switch between apps. In preview, we are adding several APIs that enable chats with federated user (users outside your tenant), identify which messages have been read by the current user, as well as subscribing and changing memberships. These APIs will generally be available by mid-2022. Visit our Chat message resource type docs page View the On-demand session Learn more

Flexible SharePoint Framework and Microsoft Viva Connections

SharePoint is the most flexible platform for content collaboration that powers experiences across Microsoft 365. SharePoint Framework Now you can create pages and parts in SharePoint sites and Teams apps. It is the core of our extensibility capabilities in the new. Microsoft Viva Connections Employee experience platform. Take a look at the How-to session Viva Connections is focusing on creating tailored experiences for employees that integrate directly with Teams apps.

Side-by-side view of Viva Connections in mobile app and home site in Teams.

Figure 4. This is a sample Microsoft Viva Connections app that runs in both Teams as well as on a mobile device.

Approvals extensibility

Approvals in Microsoft Teams allow everyone, from frontline workers to office workers, to easily manage and share approvals in the flow of work. We have introduced APIs to approve (CRUD), which allow you to create, read and update, as well as delete (URUD) approvals. Developers can access the Approvals APIs for approvals within line-of-business apps. Webhooks are available to track changes and drive workflows using Approvals in Team. Mid-2022 will see the Approvals APIs available for preview. Subscribe to Microsoft Developer Blogs For updates. Check out the On-demand session Learn more

Build developer productivity

Build once and deploy throughout Teams and Microsoft 365

Today we announce the availability of the new Teams SDK. This SDK allows you to create apps for Outlook, Teams, and Office with one application and deployment model. It also lets you build collaborative apps that make full use of each product’s capabilities. To build and test production Teams apps, developers can upgrade to the latest Teams JS SDK v2 or App manifest v1.13. Developers will be able to run full-scale pilots on preview channels in Outlook and Office. Developers will be able to provide feedback and prepare for distribution of their apps on Outlook or Office later in the calendar year.

All your existing Teams apps will work in Teams with production-level support because these updates are backward-compatible. To support extended apps, our Teams developer experience, including our Microsoft Teams Designer Documentation and tooling, support, code repository, has been updated. With existing Teams experiences, you can distribute single-tenant or multi-tenant apps. For more information, visit our on demand session regarding extending Teams apps across Microsoft 365.

In motion demonstration of MURAL extending personal tabs and search-based message extensions.

Figure 5. MURAL will expand its Teams app’s personal and search-based messages extensions to other Microsoft apps.

MURAL was one of the first partners The apps bring the connected experience across Teams and Outlook to life. For example, the above example shows a search-based extension inserting a MURAL directly in an Outlook message as an interactive Adaptive card. MURAL was not the only tool we developed. We also had help from several partners including Adobe, eCare Vault and Polly. ServiceNow, SurveyMonkey and SurveyMonkey.

Toolkit for Teams on Visual Studio Code and CLI

Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Code, as well as the command-line interface, (CLI), are all tools that can be used to quickly build Microsoft 365 apps and Teams. Teams Toolkit allows you to quickly create, build and debug apps, as well as test them, before you deploy them. We are pleased to announce that the Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code (and CLI) is now available. You can use scenario-based code to build notification and command-and response bots. Automate upgrades to the latest Teams SDK versions and debug apps straight to Outlook or Office. Get started building apps using Team Toolkit today.

Github screen view for developers demonstration scenario-based code scaffolds.

Figure 6. Using the Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code, you can build a notification app that Microsoft Teams uses.

Power Apps with Collaboration Controls

Collaboration Controls are now available in Power Apps. This allows developers to drag and drop Microsoft 365 collaboration features such as Teams chats and meetings, files, Tasks-by-Planner, tasks, and more into custom apps that have been built with Power Apps. In mid-2022, Collaboration Controls will become available as a preview. See the On-demand session Learn more. Subscribe to the Blog Power Apps Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest information.

Increase user engagement and monetize your applications

Compliance Automation Software for Microsoft 365

The Microsoft 365 App compliance Program evaluates and displays the trustworthiness and privacy of industry standards such as ISO 27001 and SOC 2. PCI DSS for security, privacy and data handling. To help developers accelerate their compliance journey, we are announcing the App Compliance Automation tool for Microsoft 365. It is available for apps built on Azure. This tool allows developers to automate many tasks in order to get the certification quicker and easier. The tool generates reports that can easily be shared with developers to aid IT in gaining visibility into app security and compliance. Find out more at our App Compliance Automator Tool for Microsoft 365 docs.

Better app manageability and discoverability

The Teams Store allows users to find the right app through updated app categories and curated app collections. It also features top apps and intelligent recommendations based upon what peers and colleagues are using. We are making the Teams Store a central place for users to track their apps across different Teams and group chats. Users can also see the permissions required by these apps. To help users find the right apps, we are making tabs, message extension and connectors more contextual. This will allow them to increase their use of ISV apps in Team. In the context of writing messages, for example, the message extensions suggestions will be organized according to tasks and actions that users can do with them. Users on mobile devices will be able to add their apps directly from their mobile device via a link or QR code.

In-app purchasing for the Microsoft Teams apps

Developers and partners are asking for the ability to add a paywall experience to their Teams app. This allows you to convert a free app to a freemium edition, where you can decide when to ask your users to subscribe. With just a few lines code, the new in-app purchasing functionality is now available. Find out more at our in app purchases docs.

Microsoft Teams subscription plan options for in-app purchasing.

Figure 7. Developers can enable freemium upgrades directly within Teams with a few lines of code.

Teams app license management

We are also making progress in enabling customers to assign and manage purchased licenses. Developers had previously been able to integrate the license management functionality into their solution. This could be done either on the landing page or within the app. We will soon offer the option to offload license management capabilities to Microsoft so that users can manage and assign licences directly in Teams. This will help to streamline the licensing experience. In mid-2022, Teams will have license management available as a preview.

Brand New collaborative apps for Teams

We are thrilled to see ISVs bring innovative apps for collaboration to Teams in a wide range of situations. These are just a few of the apps that are available right now, or will soon be:

  • MURAL for Teams allows teams to create a shared workspace in Microsoft Teams. Asynchronous visual collaboration can help improve teamwork and turn disengaged conversations into productive, engaging meetings. Teams can also use hundreds of proven, guided methods to empower them to deliver outstanding results. MURAL is a Microsoft Preview Partner. The MURAL app works across Outlook, Teams, and Office to provide a single, connected experience.
  • The Observable app allows companies to combine their data, context and logic in one place. This allows them to discover insights together and to accelerate data-driven decision making across the company. In June 2022, new updates to the Observable app will provide Microsoft Teams notifications for collaboration through comments in Observable.
  • The SAP S/4HANA operational purchaser chatbot offers collaborative capabilities of Microsoft Teams for SAP S/4HANA users in a conversational user interface. It utilizes Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AzureAD) authentication and leverages Microsoft GraphAPIs to enable users to schedule meetings with business partners or call other parties directly from the bot. This allows for seamless integration of the Teams collaboration experience into a standalone SAP app, providing connectivity and collaboration wherever users require it.
  • ServiceDesk plus Cloud app is managed by ManageEngine, Zoho’s enterprise IT management division. Microsoft Teams is used to streamline business and IT service delivery and manage and speed up IT incident resolutions. This improves service experience across the enterprise. The ServiceDesk Plus Cloud App will soon be available. It will replace its static Adaptive cards with Loop components. This will enable everyone on the ticket to receive the latest updates and trigger service desk tasks, without having to switch tabs.
  • Figma is a collaborative design platform that has introduced a new app to allow teams to present, share and collaborate on Figma files and FigJam files in real-time within a Teams meeting. The new Adaptive Card functionality is also used in the app. When a user shares a link for a Figma/FigJam file within a Teams chat the card unfolds and allows users to open that file from within Teams. You can also see and respond directly to file notifications from Teams. Figma will be available in the Teams app store in 2022.

Learn some more

Here are some key resources for learning more about creating collaborative apps using Microsoft Teams or Microsoft 365.

The post Create collaborative apps with Microsoft Teams was first published on Microsoft 365 blog.

About JNS

As a Microsoft Partner we deliver licensing for all Microsoft products including Teams, Additionally we able to provide Microsoft Direct Routing to work with our Cloud Phone Service to tie everything together. No need for a hard phone. Call us today to learn more about how we can empower your business to do amazing things through our Managed Services.

Joint Network Systems
1100 Brickell Bay Drive
Miami Florida 33231
Tel: 866-JNS-NETS
www.jointnetworks.com