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Microsoft Build 2021: Announced New Microsoft 365 and Teams Features
  • Shared stage integration, currently in preview, this feature provides developers with new access to the main stage in a Teams meeting through a simple configuration in their app manifest. This provides a new surface to enable real-time, multiuser collaboration experiences for their meetings apps, such as whiteboarding, design, project boards and more.
  • New meeting event APIs, in preview, enable the automation of meeting-related workflows through events, such as meeting start and end, with many more planned for later this year.
  • Together mode extensibility, coming soon, this will help empower developers to create custom scenes for Teams meetings and share them with users. This provides an easy design experience, within the Developer portal, so developers can make meetings more engaging.
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  • Media APIs and resource-specific consent, coming soon, provide developers with real-time access to audio and video streams for transcription, translation, note-taking, insights gathering and more.
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  • Microsoft Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio, now in preview. Updates to the Teams app development experience easier by reducing the amount of code needed, providing out-of-the-box integrations with Microsoft Azure, tapping into data from the Microsoft Graph and more.
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  • Developer portal for Microsoft Teams. Developers receive a dedicated app management console available via the web or within Teams to register and configure apps within a single, central location.
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  • Adaptive Card for Teams. Developers can now build one Adaptive Card and deploy it across Microsoft Teams and Outlook, using the new universal Action.Execute action model. Adaptive Cards allow developers to easily share user interface data so experiences are consistent across multiple apps and services.
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  • Fluid components in Microsoft Teams is now available in private preview and will be extended to more customers in the coming months. Fluid components in Teams chat allow end users to send a message with a table, action items, or a list that can be co-authored and edited by everyone in line and that is shareable across Office applications like Outlook. Quickly align across teams and get work done efficiently, by copy and pasting components across Teams chats. With Fluid components users can ideate, create, and decide together, while holding fewer meetings and minimizing the need for long chat threads.
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  • Power Apps Ideas: AI-powered assistance now helps anyone create apps using natural language. The ultimate low-code app building experience is one where you describe in plain language what you want an app to do, and in an instant that app is created for you. Microsoft is leveraging an AI model know as OpenAI GPT-3 to automatically generate Power Fx forumlas based on natural language input.
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  • Now you’ll be able to simply tell Power Apps what you’d like to see—for example, “show me customers from the US whose subscription expired”—and a set of formulas will be presented along with an explanation of how they work. Simply select one to apply the logic to your app.
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  • New experience built around Microsoft Graph. Earlier this year Microsoft introduced Microsoft Viva, to help organizations around the world optimize workforce experience, and help employees be successful in the new way of work. Viva was built to be a platform, so the first of many planned extensibility points, Viva Connection cards, are now available in preview with SharePoint Framework (SPFx) for developers who sign up for early access. With this release you can now use out-of-the-box or custom web parts to build Viva Community dashboards, news feeds, and employee-focused resources, optimized for any platform or device.
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