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Microsoft Build 2020: all the news that will come to Windows 10 and Microsoft 365

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft (REUTERS / Fabrizio Bensch / File Photo)
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft (REUTERS / Fabrizio Bensch / File Photo)

Microsoft Build is the annual developer conference held by the Redmond giant. It is one of the most outstanding technology events in this area, where the company announces the updates that will come to its products.

Microsoft Build started yesterday and will continue later today. The entire meeting is held in virtual format. On the first day, news for Windows, Azure and Microsoft 365 were announced. The focus was on productive work solutions as well as tools that seek to help developers work more collaboratively.

In relation to Microsoft 365, new functions were presented in Microsoft Teams, Fluid Framework, Outlook and Edge, as well as the new Microsoft Lists application.

Microsoft Teams

This video call tool, which in April exceeded 70 million daily active users, will add the following new features:

Schedule virtual appointments through Bookings. From now on, companies will be able to schedule, manage and conduct virtual appointments between their organization and consumers through the new integration of the Bookings application in Microsoft Teams. With this function it will be possible to manage various areas and locations, as well as make medical consultations, interviews, customer service, and all kinds of virtual meetings.

Bookings was integrated to manage virtual appointments from Teams.
Bookings was integrated to manage virtual appointments from Teams.

Custom templates. When creating a new team, you will soon be able to choose from a variety of templates that can be customized. You can select templates designed especially for each industry such as banks or hospitals, as well as themes: event management, crisis response or business. Each template includes predefined channels, apps, and guides.

Administrators will also be able to generate custom templates and generic templates for existing teams in your organization, allowing them to standardize team structures and find relevant applications for their needs.

The templates in Teams will be available in the coming months and will appear automatically. The chatbots integrated into this platform will guide the user in the use of this new tool.

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Microsoft Teams will include templates that can be customized.
Microsoft Teams will include templates that can be customized.

Broadcast events and create studio productions. New support will be added for Network Device Interface (NDI) and Skype TX interoperability for Microsoft Teams, which offers a more advanced set of options for custom public and private broadcasts of high quality.

New support for live broadcasts will be added.
New support for live broadcasts will be added.

Customized applications and automated workflows. Developers and administrators will soon be able to add their custom applications from Power Apps to Teams by simply clicking the "Add to Teams" button. To start using this option, go to make.powerapps.com, click on the ellipsis ("...") next to the application you want to publish and select "Add to Teams".

Further, The new Power Automate Business Process Templates for Teams will allow creators to optimize workflows through pre-built templates or as a basis for customizing their own. In turn, they will soon be able to personalize the names of the bots, create extensions of personalized messages, automate the @mentions and publish messages on the channels.

  Developers and administrators will soon be able to add their custom apps from Power Apps to Teams.
Developers and administrators will soon be able to add their custom apps from Power Apps to Teams.

Share Power BI reports. Power BI users can now share reports, or specific tables of their documents, in Teams with the new “Share in Teams” button. Senders can also direct the recipient's attention to a specific table in the report or share it with the entire team. To use this option, select "Send to Teams" from the Power BI portal and enter the name of the team with which they want to share this information.

Power BI users can now share reports, or specific tables of their documents, in Teams with a new button.
Power BI users can now share reports, or specific tables of their documents, in Teams with a new button.

New Shifts application options. New capabilities in the Shifts app expand functionality and allow integration with existing systems. The new Power Automate actions allow developers to take information from Shifts and create custom workflows with other applications or perform operations at scale. Lastly, the new templates will help support a variety of time-saving and streamlined scenarios, such as enabling automatic authorizations for shift change requests in cases where manager authorization is not required.

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Fluid Framework

The first Fluid Framework integrations in Microsoft 365, coming soon to Outlook and Office.com, will allow collaboration on dynamic documents and create connected components that can be shared simultaneously and easily in applications.

In this sense, Tables, charts, and task lists can be inserted into Outlook for the web so that projects and research reports are always up-to-date. Fluid Framework workspaces can be created and managed within Office.com. These experiences will be available to those with a Microsoft 365 business license in the coming months.

It will allow collaborative work in a more simple and dynamic way.
It will allow collaborative work in a more simple and dynamic way.

Microsoft Edge

More developer options were released in the preview with new options for development in .NET and UWP (WinUI 3.0), allowing them to integrate Chromium-based Edge WebView into WinForms, WPF and UWP / Win UI 3.0 applications. A 3D view was also added in the developer tools (DevTools).

With Lists you can create, share and monitor data and information live from Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and the Lists mobile application.
With Lists you can create, share and monitor data and information live from Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and the Lists mobile application.

Microsoft Lists

This is the new smart tracking app in Microsoft 365. With Lists you can create, share and monitor data and information live from Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and the Lists mobile application, which will soon be available. Lists can be easily created and customized with templates, color codes, workflows and more.

Project Reunion

Project Reunion seeks to help unify application development across the 1 billion devices that use Windows 10. It is a platform for Windows developers that facilitates the integration between Win32 and UWP APIs, to build applications that work across all versions and devices with Windows 10.

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