Microsoft’s Slack Competitor Lets You Find and Use Apps

Microsoft’s Slack competitor lets you find and use apps. The company is rolling out the biggest update for its chat and productivity program Teams.


The company says upcoming series of new features will let you find apps and use them in a new way. It will let you find the tools you need by providing something like new search and discovery features, commands, and more.

According to the company you can integrate the apps and services as per your need such as Office 365 apps like Excel, and other from their partners, including SurveyMonkey, Trello, InVision.

You can include information from apps directly into a conversation along with an emoji or GIF. For example, you can bring relevant news story or the weather and search for what’s going on across your apps.

A new “personal apps space” will allow you to access the apps you care about and display all the items that you have been assigned to across apps such as your tasks in Planner, issues in your filters or Jira Cloud. You can also see recently accessed items like OneNote notebooks videos from Microsoft Stream.

You will also find Who, Microsoft’s own new app which is powered by Microsoft Graph.  It will allow you to search for people in your organization according to name or topic.

Microsoft has made searching and discovering of the apps and services easier. You can search for apps by category, name or integration type.

It’s also including the ability to query or command an app right from the command box.  You can search for content from an app like an image in Adobe Creative Cloud or a news article, and then add a result into your chat in a single workflow.

Microsoft has confirmed that this series of new features are now available and you can see them in your Teams client.