Microsoft has launched a new feature for its Teams video conferencing service that allows users to integrate common business services applications, such as Asana.
Microsoft Teams service was previously limited to chatting and communicating via channels, but now users can integrate 20 new applications into their meetings. For example, users can discuss a project built using the Asana service and edit it with others in meetings via the Microsoft Teams service.
The US software giant Microsoft said: The new meeting applications come to join more than 700 applications already available in the Microsoft Teams App Store.
Microsoft Teams enables business applications to be integrated into meetings.
Microsoft has made its Power Platform – which provides developers with tools to build and deploy applications, chatbots, and workflows – available within the Microsoft Teams service.
With Power Apps, users can manage application data, connections and build and modify application interfaces.
Besides, Microsoft has made its Dataverse for Teams data management platform available for use in Microsoft Teams to help administrators control the data used in building applications and other operations in Microsoft Teams.
In late October, Microsoft revealed the explosive growth in the number of users of its video conferencing service Microsoft Teams during the emerging coronavirus COVID-19, which forced people to work and study from home.
The CEO of the US software giant (Satya Nadia) said during a call that the earnings for the first quarter of 2021, Microsoft Teams has exceeded 115 million daily active users. This represents an increase of 53% from the 75 million daily active users in April, while 15 months ago, the number of application users did not exceed 13 million daily active users.
Nadella said: “Microsoft Teams now has more than 115 million daily active users,” Nadella added: “We are witnessing an increase in usage and density, as people communicate, collaborate and engage in content creation through work, life, and learning.” Microsoft 365 has generated more than 30 billion minutes of collaboration simultaneously during the current quarter.”
In fact, Microsoft Teams is fighting a virtual meeting war with Google and Zoom, and the (Google Mate) application witnessed about 100 million participants in meetings in one day.
Microsoft Teams service witnessed more than 200 million participants in the meetings. In comparison, Zoom service witnessed more than 300 million participants in the meetings in one day, noting that unlike the number of active daily users, the number of participants in the meeting counts the same user more than once.