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Biggest Microsoft Teams And M365 Announcements At Build 2022

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Previews for Loop components across Teams chats and Outlook emails and collaboration controls in Power Apps are among the biggest announcements for Microsoft’s popular collaboration application during this year’s Build conference.


Microsoft held its Build conference online this week as the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

During Microsoft’s latest quarterly earnings call in April, CEO Satya Nadella talked about the continued importance of Teams for remote workforces and ways the tech giant is adding onto the app, including with the Teams Essentials package of services aimed at small and midsize businesses (SMBs), Teams Phones and Teams Rooms devices to improve an office’s meetings.


Here are the biggest Microsoft Teams and 365 announcements from Build 2022.


Microsoft Loop Updates

Microsoft will launch a private preview in June for developers to create Loop components with adaptive cards.

Developers can copy and paste adaptive card-based Loop components across Teams chat and Outlook emails, according to Microsoft. The components will stay in sync across chats and emails as users copy and paste them to other chats and emails.


Live Share In Teams

Microsoft launched a preview for new Teams software development kit (SDK) extensions for developers to build “live share” capabilities into applications.

Live share allows meeting participants to annotate, edit, zoom in, zoom out and interact with content shared in a Teams meeting window, according to Microsoft.


Teams Link Unfurling Expansion

A preview coming later this summer is the ability in Teams to unfurl link previews even when applications aren’t installed or when a link shared in Teams isn’t associated with a Teams app.

Developers can add to the app manifest to make sure their app links unfurl into a card preview, according to Microsoft.


Teams Embedding Tools Previews

A preview coming this summer is for collaboration controls in Microsoft Power Apps.

Developers will have the ability to embed chat, meetings, tasks, files, approvals and other Microsoft 365 and Teams collaboration capabilities into Power Apps with low code tools and drag-and-drop.


Azure Communication Services Sample App Builder Access

An Azure Communication Services sample app builder is available on GitHub for developers who want to build and deploy sample applications for virtual visits in minutes without coding, according to Microsoft.


Expanded Teams Partnerships

A Bosch Cognitive Service Maintenance app in Teams will be available in July in the Teams app store. Users will have the ability to identify spare parts through a captured image or text search and use Teams to collaborate with other departments on procurement and other actions.


Odds And Ends

Generally available now is Teams JavaScript 2.0 SDK and manifest tools for developers to build Teams applications that bring personal tabs and message extension to Outlook, and other Microsoft 365 applications.

A preview coming this summer is approvals APIs for developers to add functionality for frontline and office workers to create, manage and share approvals in the flow of work.


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