Microsoft Brings Low-Code Development to Teams


Microsoft Teams, which now hosts 115 million users every day, makes it easier for developers to integrate third-party apps within the workplace platform. Teams, which remains in good form versus rival Slack and Google, is broadening its base by winning over IT professionals and developers to build the next generation of apps.

Microsoft this week announced a host of new app development capabilities within the Teams collaboration application. The company is now making it easier for its 115 million daily active usersOpens a new window to develop and leverage applications within meetings. 

Nicole HerskowitzOpens a new window , General Manager for Microsoft Teams and M365, told VentureBeat, “The trend we really continue to see from our customers is that they need more than the meetings, calling, and chatting from Teams. They’re really looking for a new home for work. They want to bring together the apps, the business processes, all into the place where work is happening. And work is happening now in Teams.”

“And so that’s really only extended our investments in Teams as an extensible platform to bring together all of these experiences into one place.”

The company made the following announcements to help users adapt and thrive in a remote work setup:

App Integrations

Previously, meetings in Microsoft Teams were restricted only to channel-based and chat-based communication besides video. Microsoft is now making Teams apps generally available and allows users to integrate apps within Teams meetings, enabling them to do more.

Teams currently has over 700 applications in categories ranging from sales, artificial intelligence, etc. The company also announced 20 additional apps integrations, including Asana, Microsoft Forms, Monday, SurveyMonkey, and Teamflect, to be released by the end of November.

Low-Code App Development

Low-code development is seen as the way forward for rapid development and deployment of applications by non-technical professionals.  Microsoft is rolling out a dedicated Power Apps app for Teams, complete with prebuilt templates, drag-and-drop composability and quick deployment to build custom applications without ever leaving Teams.

Users will also be able to publish apps on the Teams store and share it across the organization.

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Low-Code Chatbots and Workflows

The development and deployment of low-code chatbots will be enabled by Power Virtual Agents app, which is now generally available for Teams. Common uses for low-code bots include IT helpdesk, HR self-service, and onboarding help for intra-organizational deployment and department-level issues.

Microsoft Power Automate app for Teams, now generally available, can be used to design workflowsOpens a new window for routine tasks.

Dataverse for Teams

Yet another low-code feature, Dataverse for Teams will enable users to create data platforms within Teams. Microsoft said Dataverse for Teams comprises not all of the Microsoft Dataverse capabilities but has enough functionality for bot development.

Dataverse for Teams (codenamed Project Oakdale) is basically Microsoft Common Data Service (CDS), designed to control the flow of data within Teams apps and improve the application lifecycle management.

Microsoft is also bringing the following to Temas app development:

  • Teams Graph APIs, and SDKs
  • Teams UI Design Kit including UI components, templates, best practices, etc
  • Microsoft Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
  • SharePoint Framework (SPFx)
  • Single Sign-On Support for Bots

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