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Microsoft is investing efforts to make Teams a collaborative platform

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You may not have noticed, but Microsoft Teams is slowly evolving from a Slack-like workplace chat app to its own collaborative platform. In addition to just chatting with your co-workers, you can also install apps within Teams to manage Asana projects or build a custom app specifically tailored to your company’s needs.

In Build 2021, Microsoft is making a greater effort to make Teams a platform for collaborative applications. After launching apps for team meetings last fall, Microsoft is now giving developers more flexibility. On the one hand, your applications will no longer need to be confined to sidebars, as Teams is now testing collaboration on the main stage.

This can, for example, allow whiteboard applications to take over the main Teams window so that you can scribble ideas together with colleagues.

Developers can also create custom scenes for specific meetings for their companies, as well as access APIs that can automate certain meeting events around the start and end time of a session.

Microsoft is investing efforts to make Teams a collaborative platform

This summer, Teams developers will also be able to access media streams during meetings for things like real-time transcription, translation and notes.

It also gives IT administrators more control over how applications use these features – after all, you would not want to give a transcription application the ability to record every meeting.

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In addition, Microsoft is now viewing the Fluid Framework components in Teams Chats.

This allows you to work on things like a table, list or text field that can be copied into other Teams conversations or Office 365 apps, while can also be edited in real time by colleagues.

Fluid Framework is a lot to wrap your head around, but you can think of it as a complete deconstruction of traditional Office documents. Instead, it is more focused on small collaborative resources that can be shared anywhere.

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It is hard to say whether Microsoft’s effort for Teams collaboration will really go anywhere, but the platform is certainly attractive. The company says that more than 145 million people are using Teams every day, which offers a great affordable market.

Teams apps also work across multiple platforms, such as Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, which should be appealing to developers. At the very least, Teams apps are a way for the company to differentiate itself from Slack’s relatively simple app integration.

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