Microsoft updates Teams with new database, third-party apps

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  • Microsoft announced that third-party app developers will be allowed to integrate their creations into the Microsoft Teams meeting experience.
  • Microsoft launched Dataflex, a database that will help business developers to create, deploy, and manage Power Platform apps and chatbots from within Microsoft Teams.
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The tight Zoom competition has done miracles for the development of Microsoft Teams lately. Not long ago, Teams has been upgraded to 9 participant frames in a video call.

Microsoft also added some new tools for developers and the noise suppression made communication a lot more manageable.

But Teams seems to be getting a lot more attention with brand new features.

Microsoft Teams adds third-party apps in meetings

Microsoft announced that third-party app developers will be allowed to integrate their creations into the Microsoft Teams meeting experience.

Apps are going to be added to Teams but there will be blocked by default. The IT managers will first need to allow third-party apps then review them and finally allow them to be used by their company.

App permissions policy

They will even see this disclaimer:

Third party apps in Microsoft Teams aren’t under the control of or owned by Microsoft and aren’t governed by the Microsoft Online Subscription Agreement.

Your organization’s use of each third party app is subject to that app’s terms and conditions and privacy statement.

When you enable Allow third party apps in Microsoft Teams, you acknowledge that you are responsible to review each app’s terms to determine whether they meet the needs of you organization. Learn more)

However, if they pass the test, the new apps could be integrated even into Teams meetings during video calls.

The third-party apps will also be able to provide content during calls and even display notifications. This is a huge step for Microsoft Teams and we can’t wait to see how this will turn out.

Microsoft launched Dataflex, a database for business developers

The new Dataflex database will help business developers to create, deploy, and manage Power Platform apps and chatbots from within Microsoft Teams using Microsoft Power Apps and Microsoft Power Virtual Agents. 

Dataflex Powerapps

According to the release announcement, Dataflex is built atop the Common Data Service which was improved with over 1,000 features in the last 4 years.

Actually, the Common Data Service has been renamed to Microsoft Dataflex Pro.

With both the Power Apps App Studio and the Power Virtual Agents Portal embedded in Teams, users can now easily and quickly build apps and bots with drag and drop simplicity in Teams without switching applications.

If you use Microsoft Teams, drop us a line about your experience in the Comments section below.