Microsoft is introducing the ability to integrate popular workplace applications such as Asana into meetings on its Teams collaboration platform. Previously, team meetings were limited to chats and channel communications, but now users can integrate 20 new applications into their meetings. For example, you can discuss and modify a project built in Asana with others directly in a team meeting.
The new meeting apps are joining more than 700 already available in the Teams App Store, Microsoft said.
The company also offers its Power Platform – which provides low-code tools for building and deploying applications, chatbots and workflows – available right in teams. The Power Apps for Teams application is a creation studio where users can manage application data and connections and build and modify application interfaces.
Its Power Automate app for teams has a workflow designer and templates to help users automate routine tasks, and the Power Virtual Agents app for Teams allows users to build, deploy, and manage low-code bots.
In addition, Microsoft is making its Dataverse for Teams, a low-code data platform commonly available for use in Teams, to help administrators control the data used to build applications and other processes in Teams.
Microsoft Teams now has 115 million active users a day, up more than 50 percent from just six months ago. Although Teams is more of a competitor to Slack, it has added many new video conferencing features to take advantage of the number of people working from home due to the pandemic to compete better with Google Meet, Zoom and others. Microsoft has added a “Together” mode that allows participants to sit virtually side by side, and made more third-party applications available for use during Teams meetings.