Microsoft's largest Teams release brings new app integrations and functionality


Microsoft's largest Teams release brings new app integrations and functionality

Microsoft's Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams, rolled out its biggest update since the software's launch previous year, the company says. It uses the underlying Microsoft Graph search technology of Office 365 to let end users search for people within an organization, either by topic or name.

It's also including the ability to query or command an app right from the command box. You can integrate the apps and services you need, including Office 365 apps like Excel, and ones from our partners, including Trello, InVision, and SurveyMonkey.

The update could help Teams better compete with its biggest rival, Slack.

Microsoft released an update to its Teams collaboration tool, including new ways to use applications in the platform.

More importantly, you can now include information from any of your apps in conversations.

Access a personal view of your apps: There's also a new personal apps space that makes it easier to access the apps of you care about and see all the times that you have been assigned to across apps, "like tasks in Planner, issues in Jira Cloud, or your filters or pull requests in Bitbucket Cloud".

For one, Teams now boasts a newly minted app store, which should expand the list of things that can be done within the client.

Command apps from the command box: A new ability to query or command an app right from the command box was also rolled out by Microsoft on Monday. You can also see recently accessed items like OneNote notebooks videos from Microsoft Stream. A beefed-up search bar at the top of the dashboard lets users call up specific information from third-party apps, such as news and weather websites; or perform specific tasks, such as calling a co-worker. You can search for apps by category, name or integration type. You can now control apps straight from the command box, such as searching for a photo. "Slash commands - typing in a "/" and then a basic command such as "away" to set an away message - can be found on Slack and other apps. These, according to Microsoft, are shortcuts that can be typed in the command box to quickly perform tasks or navigate Teams. To get started with slash commands, type / to see the list of commands now available.

All the new features for all Microsoft Teams users starting today.

The new integrations and store are available now for Teams users, our sister site ZDNet reported. Microsoft is soliciting suggestions and feedback on how to make the platform better.