Microsoft is working on a new feature for its Teams collaboration platform that will let users add apps in external meetings and chats. The company has confirmed in a message on the Microsoft 365 Admin Center that this feature will roll out to Microsoft Teams users in June.
For those unfamiliar, the external access feature allows Teams users to collaborate with people from another organization. It enables them to find, chat, call, and set up meetings with anyone external to the organization. Previously, app integrations were limited to internal meetings and chats, but the company is now bringing support for apps to external scenarios.
Once rolled out, users from the host organization will get the ability to install, update and delete apps while interacting with external partners via meetings or chats in Teams. This means that external users will be able to interact with all the apps installed by host users. The ability to use apps in external meetings and chats should help remote workers to enhance productivity and communication by eliminating the need to jump back and forth between windows during virtual meetings.
That's not all the news coming to Teams, though. The popular collaboration service is also adding several other features, such as an automatic recording option and Live Transcription support for unscheduled and channel meetings. Additionally, a new Calling experience is also coming to Teams later this month.