Among the protagonists of the announcements of the annual conference for developers Microsoft Build 2020, transformed this year into a digital event, there is also Microsoft Teams.

The hub for team work of Microsoft 365, as the Redmond company defines it in a synthetic and effective way, is living, at a time when smart working is a necessity, and not just a choice, a peak of

Before the Build 2020, at the end of April, Microsoft announced that in the past month the company counted over 200 million participants in meetings of Microsoft Teams in a single day, which generated more than 4.1 billion minutes of meetings.

In addition, Teams now collects over 75 million active users every day and two thirds of them have also shared, collaborated or interacted with Teams files.

Given the audience of the Build 2020, the new features presented for Teams have been especially, but not only, the developers.

The new Teams extension for Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code allows developers to take advantage of the power and familiarity of these tools to quickly create, debug and start the process of publishing apps for Teams, for

The Visual Studio Code extension is already available in public preview, while the Visual Studio extension is given by Microsoft as soon as it arrives.

There are also news regarding automations, introduced by Microsoft in Power Platform and in Teams in a special way to meet the needs of smart working.

Power Virtual Agents allows you to create smart low-code chatbots, and a number of new features are coming in that will be implemented in the coming months and that will make it easier to create and manage low-code chatbots within

Adding chatbots from Power Virtual Agents to Teams will be a matter of a click, making the operation easier and faster. In addition, the FAQ bot template available in GitHub allows you to quickly start creating chatbots for Teams.

The single sign-on for Power Virtual Agent chatbots in Teams then makes the use of chatbots in Teams a smoother, seamless experience that will eliminate the need for the menu

Microsoft is also introducing a new simplified approach to adding custom Power Apps and Power Virtual Agent in Teams solutions. In the near future, Power Apps creators will be able to click on a single Add to Teams button in Power Apps, which will push the app into the Teams app store.

Similarly, the process of adding low-code bots from Power Virtual Agents will be simplified, so that developers can devote more time to building and less to deployment.

There are now several new triggers and Power Automate actions created specifically for Teams. In addition, to make the automation creation process even simpler and more relevant, Microsoft is implementing new business process scenarios created for Teams.

To help organizations conduct data-based conversations, Microsoft has further simplified sharing Power BI reports with Teams: just select the report to share and click on the new button available in Power BI. You will be asked to select the user or channel to send the report to, which will be automatically published in the conversation.

In addition to this, users can now copy individual graphs into a Power BI report and when they are glued into a Teams conversation, the chat will include a thumbnail preview of the chart, as well as an adaptive tab that allows users to undertake

New features are also coming for It administrators, who will be able to take advantage of a simplified process for managing by which to review, approve and publish custom apps directly from the Teams Admin Center.

In addition, a new experience in buying third party subscriptions will allow It administrators to view and purchase subscriptions associated with Teams apps. It admins can purchase licenses and then associate the app with the employees concerned directly from the Teams administration portal.

By the end of the year, end users will be able to open separate windows for their apps, so they can work while accessing team chats, to continue collaborating. In addition, there will be a variety of templates for the most common team types.

Microsoft Lists is then coming to Teams. Microsoft Lists is a Microsoft 365 app that allows you to track information and organize work. With templates already ready, you can start lists quickly online, in the new mobile app and directly from Microsoft Teams.

The contextual search, the “Azure Active Directory Single Sign-On” for supported apps, both on desktop and mobile, and other new features are coming to Teams.

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