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M365 Update

New Power Platform features coming to Teams

We are adding new Power Platform features to make it easier for customers to create, deploy and manage key business apps and chatbots directly within Microsoft Teams.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 66407.

When this will happen

The rollout will begin in mid-August and be complete by the end of August.

How this will affect your organization

Select Microsoft 365 and Office 365 subscriptions that include Power Apps and Power Automate are expanding with the introduction of Microsoft Dataflex – a built-in, flexible datastore supporting relational, image and file data with a one-click experience for deploying solutions natively in Teams.

Your users will be able to access these public preview features in Teams beginning in mid-August.

  • With Dataflex, Power Apps will provide an integrated app studio that lets users build and deploy custom apps within Teams.
  • Your end users will also be able to build and deploy custom chatbots in Teams with the introduction of Power Virtual Agents.
  • We are also adding Power Automate capabilities, including the ability to trigger flows directly from Teams messages.

This new Power Platform functionality for Teams is included at no additional cost with your Microsoft 365 and Office 365 licenses. Existing Power Platform functionality available for use in Office 365 more broadly outside of Teams remains unchanged.

What you need to do to prepare

Once this update is complete, you will see new service plans – Microsoft Dataflex and Power Virtual Agents for Teams – in the list of plans included with your subscription. These changes will not impact other features in your subscription, besides what is mentioned above. However, you may consider updating your internal documentation to reflect these additional capabilities, as needed.

The following admin controls are available in Teams Admin center to enable/disable the new functionality in public preview –

  • App permissions policies: Admins can turn the Power Platform maker/builder experience off or on in Teams by selecting Power Apps and/or Power Virtual Agents applications available under ‘Microsoft Apps’. This setting is available for a specific set of users or for the tenant all up. More information on App permissions policies can be found here – Manage app permission policies in Microsoft Teams
  • Note: Admin controls to enable/disable new Power Platform deployment capabilities in Teams will not be available by public preview. This control will be introduced by GA in the Teams admin center.

Existing Power Platform functionality within Office 365 remains unchanged.

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