Microsoft updates Teams

Starting Monday evening, Microsoft started rolling out their most recent (and arguably the largest) feature release for Microsoft Teams since the launch of the Slack competitor over a year ago. The Microsoft Teams update makes it easier than ever to be efficient in your daily work tasks, all from inside the platform.

The goal with this release was clearly to show how Teams can be your central location of anything you could need. Not only do they continue to support integration and functionality within O365 products, but they really worked with their partner apps like Trello. Allowing you to view and interact with boards, look for tasks specifically assigned to you, as well as manage cards directly from the UI of Teams. This Microsoft Teams update was clearly well thought out as the features rolling out all serve a common purpose.

Here is what you need to know about the change:

  • Typing / for a list of common commands and tasks. (Such as “/mentions” to see all your @mentions, “/call” to call someone, or /goto to get to your desired channels easier)
  • Same apps, with new-and-improved versions. (Planner, Trello, and Wrike, for starters)
  • Ever need info about someone in your organization? Ask Who. With capabilities of finding out who someone is, who they report to(or who reports to them), and what they’re working on.
  • Personal apps space makes it easy for you to access the apps you care about. (Also allowing you to see all the items that you have been assigned to across apps)
  • Messaging extensions now let you include richly formatted content in chats and channel posts. (Search for a specific task in Trello, a work item in Wrike, or a weather forecast and post it right in the message.)

With Microsoft heading in this direction with Teams, I think it’s safe to say that Microsoft Teams is a force to be reckoned with. Hopefully we will see some more amazing product features with this all-inclusive platform. I’m definitely looking forward to the Microsoft Teams updates in the future and to what they come up with next.

Microsoft Teams Release Notes can be found here.

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