Big Microsoft Teams update brings new app integrations, commands, and more

Big Microsoft Teams update brings new app integrations, commands, and more

A new Teams app Store that will allow users to find new Teams apps by name, category, or integration type (bots, tabs, connectors).

Microsoft today released new updates for Microsoft Teams with redesigned app gallery, improved search features, support for command shortcuts and more.

You can now include content from apps-like a news article-directly in a conversation. 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. That way, you can search for information from an app, then add a result right into your chat in a single workflow.

Include information from an app, like Wrike, in your conversations.

There is a new personal view for apps as well. These can include documents, OneNote notebooks, tasks in Planner, and so on. To access your personal apps space, click the ... in the left navigation menu.

Teams was first announced back in November 2016, with only a handful of users able to access it at the time. You can easily search by name or category, as well as by the type of integration, whether it be bots, tabs or connectors.

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Search is one key way people navigate Teams to get to the information they're looking for. With this, you can view all of the tasks that you've been assigned from various apps. Another example is like you can search for a task in Trello and insert into the conversation. When doing such actions, the user is said to "command apps from the command box" in Teams, according to Microsoft's description.

"Another new shortcut rolling out to Teams users is the use of the slash ("/") symbol. "As you might expect, slash commands let you quickly perform actions by typing"/ followed by a specific action. "Users can see a list of applications that can be queried in this way by typing the "@" symbol within Teams' command box.

The Teams update is, in a sense, an admission that Teams' original Office-centric focus only took it so far.

Let us know what you think!

These features are all starting to roll out today, and Microsoft says they will be in users' Teams clients "shortly".

The command box in Microsoft Teams. If you have suggestions on how to make Teams better, please submit your ideas via UserVoice or vote for existing ideas to help us prioritize the requests.

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