Build 2020: Microsoft Announces New Features for Teams


Microsoft’s Build 2020 has taken an online format this year, but that doesn’t mean the company has slowed in its development. The giant of Redmond announced a bunch of new features for Edge, and also for Teams, the great alternative to Slack.

Since Microsoft now sees Teams as the brain for teamwork and collaboration through calls, chats, and audio and video meetings, it’s not surprising that it highlights Teams in announcements from its popular developer conference. For the most part, the new features the company adds to Teams are fairly straightforward.

First, to make it easier for users to create new workspaces in Teams, Microsoft adds “models” to the platform. These models will come with pre-established channels, pre-installed applications, and much more. There will even be instructions on how to use Teams properly. The Redmond giant is also adding help to administrators to create custom templates so they can fine-tune the process of creating workspaces in their business.

Some of you may not know it, but Microsoft has a Bookings app. This allows users to manage and schedule appointments. In fact, according to the company, Bookings has been used for more than 34 million meetings in the past month alone! Today, Bookings is also integrated into Teams. This will make it easier for employees to manage and schedule meetings in multiple departments.

The company also said it brings Network Device Interface (NDI) support in Teams. NDI converts video streams to separate audio and video sources. In case you don’t know, you can already change the background of a video call in Teams, but with NDI, you can use advanced video production tools to create a professional broadcast.

Visual Studio integration

Developers will also appreciate the addition of another feature to Teams. Microsoft Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code will soon be integrated into Teams. Developers will be able to create applications for “Teams” and publish them immediately. This should streamline the development of Teams applications, for sure. The ability for developers to build apps using Power Apps is also provided for Teams.

Microsoft hasn’t announced when these features will start to appear in Teams, but that shouldn’t be too soon.