Microsoft Teams gets new app features

The update focuses on better app integrations and commands

Microsoft has rolled out the biggest update to its Teams platform since it first launched last year, offering enhanced collaboration features to bring it more in line with market leader Slack.

The main focus of the update is ensuring the platform integrates as best it can with apps, including Microsoft's own Office 365 products, and third party offerings it supports, such as Trello, InVision, and SurveyMonkey.

"Now you can have a conversation about content from an app without the need to include a screenshot or a hyperlink to the information," the company explained in a blog post. "In the same way that you can add an emoji or GIF, you can now bring information from apps into a chat or channel message with a simple click. For example, you can search for a specific task in Trello, a work item in Wrike, or a weather forecast, and include an interactive card with that information into a message."

A new personal apps section will also allow each user to access the apps they use most as fast as possible, from a special personal apps space. It will also showcase actions an individual user has been assigned tasks from, so you won't miss out on things you're supposed to be doing.

A new Apps Discovery feature enables you to find new apps for you and your team to use from a simplified interface. Search by for them by name, category (such as Project management or Analytics and BI), or integration type (such as Bots, Tabs, or Connectors) and add them to your personal apps space or Team in just a few clicks.

Aside from the new apps features, Microsoft has also updated its command box, helping users make quick commands using a slash command (just type in a backslash and a command to trigger it), and search for information in an app using the command box.

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