Build 2021: Microsoft announces collaborative apps for Teams
Microsoft is opening up Teams to developers making it easier for them to build collaborative apps.
Microsoft Teams currently has over 145 million users globally. With the pandemic still raging on, and companies adopting a hybrid work culture, services like Microsoft Teams are getting more important. Microsoft is also opening up Teams to developers to build apps which will be called “collaborative apps”.
Developers will now have access to the main stage in a Teams meeting. This will help developers create multi-user collaboration experiences such as whiteboard, design, and projects board. Microsoft will also give developers access to creating custom scenes for Teams meetings. Developers will also get real-time access to media streams for features like transcription, translation, note taking, and insights gathering.
Microsoft also announced new features for users at Build 2021. Fluid components in Microsoft Teams will “allow end users to send a message with a table, action items, or a list that can be co-authored and edited by everyone in line and that is shareable across Office applications like Outlook.” Microsoft is also adding message extensions in Outlook soon.
Microsoft will also allow users to purchase subscriptions of partner apps directly from the Teams Store and the Teams Admin Center. This way users will be able to easily access third-party apps without leaving Teams. It also gives developers more monetisation opportunities for their tools.