Microsoft Teams now supports third-party apps

Polly, Open Agora, iCIMS, Miro and HireVue are reportedly building apps for the platform

Microsoft will allow third-party apps to integrate into its Microsoft Teams platform, according to a report at The Verge

Before this much-anticipated update, Microsoft allowed you to share two things - your face or your screen, and users who wanted to share data or any other information had no choice but to share their screen.

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While screen sharing is no big deal most of the time, there are times when it can become problematic. For example, if a sensitive business or personal alert flashes on your screen mid-meeting.

These types of security and privacy issues could be met with an uncomfortable chuckle, but they could be met by anger and potential disciplinary action. With these third-party apps, you may be able to add a widget to a Teams meeting that displays only the document or data you intend to. 

These third-party apps aren’t just for presenting data either. A developer could use this new flexibility to add countless new functions to the already useful Teams interface. 

To use this new feature, users simply drag the third-party app into the meeting once the call begins. 

With this new feature still fresh, there are no third-party apps available yet. But The Verge reports that Microsoft has heard from Polly, Open Agora, iCIMS, Miro and HireVue about building new apps for Teams. 

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