At the annual Build developer conference, Microsoft announced Live Share for Microsoft Teams, a new feature that could replace boring screen shares. The experience is designed to make your meetings more collaborative and engaging, allowing you to interact with and share content in a meeting in new ways.
Microsoft believes it can help you better communicate with shared apps right in a Teams meeting window. It’s up to app developers to enable this, but Live Share in the Teams meeting stage should allow you to annotate, edit, zoom in and out, and interact with shared content.
As seen in the example above, Hexagon Live Share in Teams allows technicians to annotate and edit 3D models and simulations in Teams. The Teams video feed is at the top of the app, where everyone can see each other, and the 3D model is at the bottom, with controls to pinpoint a specific point of view and request control over the model.
New extensions to the Teams SDK, now in preview, allow developers and independent software vendors to build these capabilities into their apps. The tooling for the experience is based on Microsoft’s Fluid Framework. Partners Microsoft has worked with on the feature include Hexagon, Frame.io, Skillsoft and Makecode. Extensions for developers to access are already available on Microsoft’s website.
Live Share in Microsoft Teams builds on the other collaboration experiences in Teams, such as Together mode.
As Teams is the focus for Microsoft at Build, several other features have been announced for the service. For example, a new Link Unfurling feature is coming this summer. When enabled by an app developer, users can preview content associated with a link shared in Teams, even if that app isn’t installed.
Other developer-focused Teams features mentioned by Microsoft at Build 2022 are designed to help developers embed Teams collaboration features such as chat and meetings. These include new Approvals APIs, Microsoft Graph APIs for Teams, and Azure Communication Services sample app builder.
Not to mention the other Teams features that Microsoft hopes can provide developers with new ways to increase user engagement with Teams. These include Teams App Store updates to improve discoverability, APIs for in-app purchases, and new license management capabilities for Teams apps. There are even several new collaboration apps from Microsoft partners, such as the Bosch Cognitive Service Maintenance app, Figma, and the MURAL app for Teams.