Build 2022: Microsoft Teams Gets Live Share and Other New Features

Posted on May 24, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Cloud, Microsoft 365 with 2 Comments

Microsoft kicked off its Build 2022 developer conference this morning, and this edition will once again be packed with Microsoft 365 updates. Microsoft Teams, one of the fastest-growing apps in the Microsoft 365 ecosystem is getting several new features, and one of the biggest announcements is a new collaboration feature named Live Share.

“We are introducing Live Share, a capability for your apps to go beyond passive screen sharing and enable participants to co-watch, co-edit, co-create and more in Teams meetings. Developers can use new preview extensions to the Teams Client SDK to easily extend existing Teams apps and create Live Share experiences in meetings,” explained Jeff Teper, CVP of Microsoft 365 Collaboration, Hexagon, Skillsoft, MakeCode, Accenture, Parabol, and Breakthru will be among the first companies to build Live Share experiences in Teams. In the image below, you can see a Live Share prototype experience from Hexagon showing engineers annotating and editing a 3D model in real-time during a Teams meeting.

Microsoft also announced today that all developers can now create Loop components in Microsoft Teams by updating their existing Adaptive Cards or building new Adaptive Card-based Loop components. For those unfamiliar, Loop components are items (table, task list, paragraph, etc.) that everyone in a Microsoft Teams channel can edit inline.

Loop components were announced back at Microsoft’s Ignite conference in November, and they currently work across Microsoft Teams and Outlook, and thanks to Microsoft Editor and its new Context IQ capabilities, users will be able to surface relevant Adaptive Card-based Loop components based on the context in Outlook email or Teams chat.

Microsoft also announced today new Graph API enhancements that will allow developers to embed Teams chats and channel messages into their apps. “We are introducing several new APIs in public preview to with capabilities like enabling chats with federated users (i.e., users outside your tenant), identifying which messages are read and which are unread by the current user, and subscribing to user chats and to membership changes,” Teper explained.

These new Graph API enhancements will be generally available later this summer. The end goal is to allow Teams users to collaborate seamlessly between Teams and their existing apps without having to do any back and forth, and it would certainly be impressive to see Microsoft and its developer partners make it work in a seamless way.

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2 responses to “Build 2022: Microsoft Teams Gets Live Share and Other New Features”

  1. will

    The ability to embed the Teams chat directly into apps would be a big and welcomed change. Being able to have a conversation in the app directly, without needing to open Teams would be good as it would all be under the Teams umbrella.

    Maybe Microsoft will do this with their own Office apps, chat directly with someone in Word or Excel. If you mention someone in a comment it would be flagged in the Teams chat so that person could open the document and respond as needed.

  2. lvthunder

    Do Loop Components now work in the Teams portion of the app? At least for my Teams Loop Components only work in a Chat and not a Team message.