It’s entirely possible that none of us remember a time in which the way we work has shifted so much, so rapidly. All at once, we are finding new work rhythms, places, processes, and communities, to help us remain focused and productive. Ignite 2020 is a reflection of this shift – it’s compact, virtual and focused more tightly on Microsoft products and technologies than in previous years, and tools like this blog play an outsized role in helping the developer community absorb the scope of all the work we’re doing – and many of our partners are doing – with Microsoft Teams and the broader Microsoft 365 platform to help power new ways to work.
Microsoft Teams has quickly emerged as the hub of the hybrid workplace, and as a central point for remote work and meetings for more than 75 million users on a daily basis. With online meetings now essential to working and learning, we are excited to share that we are making meetings extensibility APIs generally available in the coming weeks. LOB app builders can access entirely new real-estate in which to integrate, tailor and transform meeting experiences. We’ve got a detailed post on meetings extensibility with more information, plus we’ve got a full Teams platform blog for developers, covering all the news and updates about other features and capabilities we’re delivering
Power Platform has evolved into an important part of the Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365 platform story. Once viewed as a tool for citizen-developers to build low-code workflows, Power Platform is often viewed by professional developers as a source of ready-made templates and simple app scaffoldings that help structure and accelerate solution development. We’re announcing a suite of upgrades to Power Platform that make it easier than ever to create and deploy custom apps, bots, and automation in Teams, specifically for use in Teams. All of this is thanks to CDS Project Oakdale and new Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, and Power BI apps for Teams. There’s a lot more detailed information on Power Platform news in our dedicated Teams + Power Platform blog.
Microsoft Graph momentum continues to build. We are constantly expanding its capabilities. We’re very excited to announce the General Availability of Microsoft Graph connectors that enable developers to connect their data – stored in their infrastructure – to our best in class enterprise search capabilities. We’re also previewing new security and compliance APIs built on Microsoft Graph that extend powerful Microsoft services like DLP and eDiscovery into their applications. And last, but certainly not least, we’re previewing Azure Communications Services (ACS). Built on the same Microsoft 365 infrastructure that supports Microsoft Teams, ACS offers developers consumption-based use of those same enterprise-ready chat, SMS, video and WebRTC capabilities. For all the news on Microsoft Graph, check out the Microsoft Graph @ Ignite 2020 blog.
Office 365 has defined the language of productivity and few programs have communities of passionate speakers like Excel (#REF 😊) – this team included. Within Excel, we are continuously enhancing and improving Office Scripts and we’re happy to announce that enhanced administrative controls for Office Scripts are now in deployment, and by default, Office Scripts are now enabled in customers’ tenants. There are many other updates for Excel developers including news about JS APIs and custom functions. We’ve also got updates for developers building Outlook add-ins, and more. Once again, check out the details, links to docs and more in the Office @ Ignite 2020 blog.
Windows 10 has seen a surge of growth, driven by peoples’ desire – or need – to upgrade their remote workspaces. At Build, the Windows Developer Platform team announced Project Reunion, which consolidates Win32 and UWP APIs, making it easier for developers to build or modernize apps to take full advantage of Windows 10 features and devices. This week, we are sharing the latest Project Reunion updates including the WinUI Preview 3 and new app lifecycle management tooling. We’ve also got plenty of other updates on MSIX, WSL, Terminal and more. Learn more here.
And finally, we’re expanding the Microsoft 365 App Compliance program and announcing the general availability of Publisher Verification. We know customers want assurance that apps built for our platform are secure and authentic. Now, app publishers can work with Microsoft to verify the identity of their applications demonstrate to customers that both their application and supporting infrastructure are qualified to protect the security and privacy of sensitive data. Today the program is fully available to Microsoft Teams add-in developers, and we’ll soon extend this program to include Office Add-ins, SharePoint Framework and SaaS apps.
We hope you enjoy Ignite 2020. We’d love for you to check out the content we’ve compiled in our blogs. We urge you to explore the Virtual Hub containing the many skill-building sessions our Microsoft engineers have worked hard to prepare. And of course, we encourage you visit our developer portal and explore all the resources we offer. Perhaps most importantly, in a world where we used to get feedback directly from you at our event and now being different when it’s virtual, please share your thoughts and comments on the blogs and videos. We hope you come away from this event with the knowledge, skills and tools you need to transform the future of work for your company, your school or your family.
The Microsoft Teams & Microsoft 365 Platform team