Earlier this week Microsoft announced their team collaboration service called Microsoft Teams.

This new tool is built to take full advantage of the existing products and services that are available in Office 365 to Business and Premium subscribers. That means there are developer opportunities to provide integration to the Microsoft Teams interface using Tabs, Bots, and Connectors.

The Microsoft Office Dev Center has posted full details of the Microsoft Teams Developer Preview but here is a quick look at those three areas you can make your services available to Microsoft Team users.

  • You can create Tabs that surface your web experience directly within Teams, so people can instantly access your service in the right context, and collaborate around its content.
  • You can write Bots that surface your experience in chat and teams can engage with your service via queries and quick actions.
  • You can send Connector notifications in channels so teams can easily get updates from your service.

The Microsoft Teams Developer Preview has its own dedicated site over at the Office Dev Center with full guides and getting started tools for each of those areas that will help you expose your own services data to Microsoft Teams users.

Just to give you an idea here are some of the services that are already available in the Microsoft Teams Preview under Connectors:

  • Twitter
  • RSS Feeds
  • Wunderlist
  • GitHub
  • MailChimp
  • Pingdom
  • UserVoice

There are 70 other Connectors available in Microsoft Teams from a wide variety of services to make all kinds of information available to team members.

Right now there is only the Microsoft Teams bot called T-Bot available for use in the preview plus Tabs are restricted to mostly Office 365 related services however, if you want to get ready for General Availability (expected in early 2017) then you should get started over at the Microsoft Teams Developer Preview site.

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