Now Microsoft Teams is an app platform with its own built-in database

The rapid expansion of remote working in recent months has seen a surge of adoption of Teams, among other digital teamwork solutions. But as businesses settle into distributed teamwork, it quickly becomes obvious that there’s a lot more to it than video meetings and chat messages.

Dataflex, available in public preview from next month, brings into Teams all of the resources of the Common Data Service, the data and governance framework at the heart of the Microsoft Power Platform that brings together data from across the Microsoft landscape of Office, Dynamics and Azure. Customers and partners are already familiar with building apps and automations atop the CDS, which today is renamed as Microsoft Dataflex Pro. Now they’ll be able to do the same natively within Teams, using Dataflex as a low-code tool to create custom data tables in Teams to store and manage their business data, fully connected into the underlying Power Platform.

Dataflex handles a range of data types including relational data, images and files, making all of them available to be incorporated into custom apps, intelligent chatbots and workflow automations in Teams, without the user having to handle any of the back-end complexity. Users can even add AI capabilities such as category classification, key phrase extraction or predictive analysis to their Team apps, or access external data sources through the medium of the Power Platform.

Third-party apps into Teams meetings and more

Another notable announcement today is that developers can now integrate apps and services directly into Teams meetings, for example to provide agenda functions or display related content or notifications during the meeting. For the first time this gives third-party developers the ability to ‘juice up’ the Teams video meeting experience with add-on capabilities. New third-party apps can be integrated as a new tab or as a side panel and users can opt to add them as a button to the meeting controls bar.

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