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Microsoft Integrates Apps and App Store to Teams

Microsoft is starting rolling out new fetures into Teams to make it even more powerful hub teamwork by integrating new ways to use apps and get more done.

The roll out which is termed as the biggest single release of new functionality since March of 2017 in Teams, will provide the ability to command apps and take quick actions from the command box. Additionally, you will also be able to include content from apps directly in a conversation, like a news article.

You can now integrate apps and services, including Office 365 apps like Excel, and ones from Microsoft partners, including Trello, InVision, and SurveyMonkey.

More specifically, users will be now be able to include content from an app without adding a screenshot or a hyperlink to the information. Also, with just a simple click, you can now add an emoji or GIF from apps into a chat or channel message.

See the GIF below adding information from an app Wrike in a conversations:

Microsoft also now providing a new personal apps space to access all your personal apps as well as see all the items assigned to you across apps, like tasks in Planner, issues in Jira Cloud, or filters or pull requests in Bitbucket Cloud.

Additionally, you can also view recently accessed items, such as OneNote notebooks or videos from Microsoft Stream, as well as a new app powered by Microsoft Graph called “Who,” which let you search for people in an organization by name or topic.

Just click the … in the left navigation menu to access personal apps space.

The GIF below shows accessing personal apps space in Teams:

Microsoft Stream in personal apps space in Teams

Also, it’s now easier to search and discover apps for Teams in the new Store—by apps name, category, such as Project management or Analytics and BI, or integration type, like Bots, Tabs, or Connectors, and then choose to surface in your personal app view or in a specific channel in Teams.

Further, the company has moved the command box to the top of the screen and integrated commanding with search, so you can now command apps, take quick actions, and search across people, messages, files and apps—all from the command box

Simply type @ into the command box to display the list of apps you can query and command for information, such as an image in Adobe Creative Cloud or a news article, and easily insert a specific result into a chat or channel conversation.

Microsoft notes, more command functionality, like ability to create a task in project management app or start a build in Visual Studio Team Services will add over time.

Slash commands available now let you type in the command box to quickly perform tasks or navigate Teams. To get started with slash commands, type / to see the list of commands currently available. For example, “you can use a slash command to set your status to “away,” add a user to a team, or call a coworker,” explains Microsoft.

See this screenshot of using slash commands to take action quickly in Teams:

Slash commands in Microsoft Teams

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