Microsoft today announced that they are adding two new capabilities to the Microsoft Teams Developer Platform. In addition to the previously announced developer features such as Tabs, Bots, and Connectors, developers can take advantage of the following new improvements.
- Surface bots in team conversations within channels, giving your bot maximum exposure and usage. At preview, these bots could be surfaced in a 1:1 chat experience. Now, these bots can also be surfaced in a conversation within a Teams channel. Once a user adds a bot to the team, it can be invoked from any channel to respond to an existing thread or create a new thread.
- Deep link to items within a tab, allowing users in conversations to link to a specific work item in a tab, keeping them connected and in the flow of work, without having to manually find the referenced item. For users, the ability to use a deep link to reference a specific work item in your tab means they can stay connected, remain in the flow of work and keep on top of tasks.
To find more information, check out the documentation page here. Microsoft also announced that they will provide integrations from 150 partners by general availability of Teams.