Microsoft Build Announcements For Teams
Microsoft Build Announcements For Teams

Microsoft Build Announcements For Teams

At Build 2022, Microsoft announced a wide range of new features and capabilities for Windows 11, Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft 365. Teams Live Share and Loop components were among the biggest announcements

Live share and loop components

Live Share lets people interact with content during a meeting. A demo from Microsoft showed meeting attendees working together on a 3-D model. The feature should make meetings more collaborative and interactive.

Loop components are elements that can sync across Microsoft 365. “Imagine a table that can stay up to date across documents, presentations, and more. Soon, developers will be able to make Loop components from Adaptive Cards.”

In-app purchasing and licensing
Starting today, Teams app developers can enable in-app purchasing. This lets applications shift from free to freemium, as explained by Microsoft. The new option can be implemented with a "few lines of code," which should allow for a simple transition for developers.

Microsoft is also making it simpler to manage and assign purchased licenses within Teams apps. In the past, developers had to build their own license management system. Starting this summer, developers will have the option to hand over license management to Microsoft.

Improving discoverability
A new central experience is rolling out within the Teams Store. This will help users identify which apps they're using across different teams and group chats. Microsoft is also improving how app discovery works within context. The company shared an example of composing a message and having a message extensions organized by tasks a person could take.
Microsoft is also adding the ability to add an app to Teams using a link or QR code, which should simplify the process of getting apps onto mobile devices.

Microsoft Teams Live Share
At Build 2022, Microsoft introduced Live Share, a new capability for Teams. The feature allows people to collaborate in real-time in meetings, such as co-editing a document or co-creating a 3-D model.

A new preview extension to the Teams Client SDK is available for developers to implement Live Share. Devs can add the new functionality to existing Teams apps and create Live Share experiences within meetings.

Live Share is powered by Microsoft's Fluid Framework, with hosting and managing done on an Azure Fluid Relay service.

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