Microsoft Teams has been updated with a set of new features to make it more powerful, like ability to command apps, take quick actions using slash and fetch content from an app in conversation.
Microsoft said that the recent updates are the biggest single release of new functionality since it launched Microsoft Teams in March last year.
Below are the new functions in Microsoft Teams which make it an even more powerful collaboration tool for teams.
- Users can now integrate Office 365 apps, as well as third-party apps from Microsoft partners like Trello, InVision, and SurveyMonkey, depending on the requirement.
- The content and information from an app can be brought into the conversations just with a click, the way an emoji or a GIF is added.
- A new feature called ‘personal apps’ allows users to access the apps they need and see the assigned items, within the Microsoft Teams. For example, the tasks in Planner, issues in Jira Cloud, etc. Moreover, the recently accessed items can also be seen, like OneNote notebooks or videos from Microsoft Stream.
- Teams now include a ‘Who’ option powered by Microsoft Graph, which allows users to search for people in the organization by name or topic. This feature is similar to that of Skype for Business.
- The apps and services available in Teams can now be searched by names and categories (like Project Management or Analytics and BI), and integration type (like Bots, Tabs), using the new Store option.
- Microsoft has also added a command box with search option, which enables users to query or command an app right from the command box. They just have to type @ into command box, and it will show the list of apps they can query and command. For example, users can search for an image in Adobe Creative Cloud, and then add the result into conversation.
- Additionally, the command box can also help in quickly performing tasks or navigating teams, using the slash command (/). When the user types ‘/’ in command box, it will show the list of commands available. It can be used in doing a number of tasks like setting an ‘away’ status, adding a user to team, or calling any coworker.
Microsoft has already started rolling out these new features in Microsoft Teams, and will be soon available to the users.