Microsoft is integrating third-party apps and more of their own apps into Teams, its chat-based workplace for Office 365, allowing users to incorporate content from these apps into their conversations. The new feature is already rolling out to PC users with Office 365 business subscription.
Integration with apps is not new to Microsoft Teams. The Teams platform allows users to access content from other Office 365 apps such as Word and Excel. It also uses Adobe Sign as the preferred e-signature tool for signing documents.
With the new update, Teams gets a new app store which shows all Microsoft or third-party apps that’ll work with the app, allowing users to browse through them and see what each brings to the table. Users can also look them up by their name, categories or integration type. The relevant ones can be saved to the personal apps space. Asana, Adobe Creative Cloud, Bitbucket, Air Brake and Beeminder are some of the third-party apps that are available in the app store.
By opening Teams for more third-party apps, Microsoft is trying to expand its capability and get more enterprise users on board. It also makes Teams smarter by trimming down the time spent on switching between multiple apps while chatting with colleagues over a project. So if users are working on Teams and needs some data from Trello or Adobe Creative Cloud, they can open these apps and import the content directly into an ongoing chat in Teams, instead of wasting time on capturing and sharing a screenshot or a hyperlink.
Personal apps space is the library of all apps that have been integrated with Teams and can be accessed anytime users want. This allows users to check all the tasks they have been working on or recently accessed items on these apps without leaving Teams. So if someone refers to a task in Trello in an online meeting, users can check the status and respond immediately without having to open the project management app separately. One can access personal apps space in teams by clicking on the navigation menu on the left side of the screen.
Microsoft has also clubbed the app command tool with the search bar at the top of the page, making it easier for users to command an app right from the search bar. So users can look up for an app and files in the app from the search bar in Teams. So if users are looking for an image in Adobe Creative Cloud or a news story from Bing News, they can get to it faster by simply typing the relevant keyword.livemint