Microsoft has rebuilt its Teams Store to make it easier to find and install apps to improve your chats and meetings.
This includes a redesigned landing page with better organized app categories. The new store is rolling out over the next month, according to a Microsoft blog post.
Microsoft has struggled to make the Microsoft Store for Windows 10/11 attractive, but is moving forward with a visual overhaul of the Teams desktop client app store to make it easier to find and install new apps. .
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The first change is a new carousel at the top of the page displaying apps that users might find interesting. There are also new collections of apps curated by its publishers that Microsoft promises to update monthly.
Microsoft is promising “smart recommendations” for new apps based on what a Teams user’s colleagues and friends are using. This should make it easier for users to connect with their teammates and find what is popular in businesses or schools. There will also be a collection of the most popular apps used on Teams.
Of course, the number of Microsoft Teams apps doesn’t rival the number of apps available for iOS and Android, but Microsoft still claims to have “over 1,000” apps available in Teams. Developers can distribute apps through the store in the Teams client, which are also published to Microsoft AppSource, the marketplace for all Microsoft 365 apps.
To help Teams users find the right apps, Microsoft has created more app categories on the left side of the window that divide apps into segments such as education, developer tools, meetings, and scheduling. , news and weather, etc.
Categories should support all types of apps, from industry apps to Power Apps designed for a specific business. Refined segments are also broken down by functions and industries.
There is no mention of a way to leave reviews on app listings. However, Microsoft says it is “actively redesigning the install dialog” and will soon be adding new organized and smart surfaces to the store.