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Updates to Microsoft Teams Developer Platform, New Capabilities in Graph

Microsoft introduces three new opportunities for developers in Microsoft Teams, new capabilities in Microsoft Graph and even better ways to connect Office 365 with partner integrations.

During the keynote, Microsoft also noted that over 100 million monthly commercial active users are currently using Office 365.

First up, Microsoft Teams is now open to all developers to deliver apps through the Office Store. The published apps will surface in a new discover apps experience making it easier for users to add and use apps within Teams.

The feature is available now in the Developer Preview, which also received two new capabilities including: “Compose extensions preview, which allow users to issue commands to bring information from an app or service directly into their team chat and avoid distracting context switches.” And, the new “third-party notifications in the activity feed, allow developers to alert users of key information and updates from their service.”

Compose extension in Microsoft Team Developer Preview
Compose extension in Team Developer Preview

Additionally, developers can access also access new Teams APIs coming to Microsoft Graph in preview—allowing them to package —tabs, bots and connectors, compose extensions, and activity feed notifications—into a single Teams app to make it simpler to publish and manage.

In addition, developers can now access and extend structured data within documents using JavaScript APIs preview in Word and Excel. There is also a preview available of the new integrated sign-on system that streamlines the use of services such as Microsoft Graph for both developers and users.

New File Handler capabilities in OneDrive enable partners to extend the experience of working with files with new web-based views and connected actions. And, the SharePoint Framework preview, coming soon, will let developers use JavaScript tools and frameworks to deeply customize SharePoint team sites, document libraries and lists.

Microsoft also demonstrated new capabilities in the Microsoft Graph to build intelligent business processes and apps:

  • upcoming Presentation Translator add-in by leveraging translation APIs in PowerPoint, give presenters the ability to add subtitles to their presentations in the same language or in different languages.
  • Similarly, developers can integrate intelligence and data from around their organization to enhance the user experience and build focused business processes using the Microsoft Graph.
  • With expanding API set, the SharePoint site, OneNote and Planner data APIs are now generally available and are ready for Graph developers to use in production.
  • Also, new Insights APIs coming in preview, will let developers build smarter processes by leveraging relationships between users and documents. The library of webhooks in preview includes user and group changes is expnading as well.

In addition, two new generally available core capabilities: Delta queries, which provide access to lists of changes for types of data, helping developers build powerful, high-performance application integrations. And, Custom data empowers developers to extend base types of Microsoft Graph (e.g., users, contacts) to store critical data in context.

Microsoft Azure ISV customers are also now enable to directly provide new PowerApps and Microsoft Flow Connectors to the broad audience of Office 365 customers.

Last fall, we previewed Actionable Messages in Outlook on the web, which enabled users to take quick actions such as approving an expense report or assigning a project task to a team member from within Outlook.

Actionable Messages is rolling out to more Office 365 users in Microsoft Teams as well as in Outlook 2016 for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, with new integrations as well as new Actionable Message tools for developers.

Actionable Messages in Microsoft Teams and Outlook
Actionable Messages in Teams and Outlook

Lastly, Microsoft also introduced several new paths to get apps and add-ins:

Office Store now connected to Microsoft AppSource, makes it easier for organizations to find relevant apps and add-ins.

Centralized deployment of Office add-ins in preview, allow administrators to automatically deploy add-ins, making selected Office add-ins directly accessible from the ribbon and other key user experiences within Office, will soon general available.

Centralized deployment is now supported on Office for Mac and Office Online, and allow to deploy add-ins from the Office Store as well as via a set of deployment scripts.

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