Collaboration software has been extremely important over the past year for companies that work their way through pandemic and homework policies. To meet increasing business requirements, Microsoft Teams has regularly updated and added new features to increase productivity. Now, the company is streamlining workflows by directly integrating electronic signature capabilities into the Approvals app on Teams.
At the end of April, Microsoft plans to roll out a new capability in the Approvals app, where users can select third-party providers such as Adobe Sign and DocuSign to create electronic signatures for approval requests as a formal certificate. Once a request is submitted, internal approvers receive a notification and email within Teams to approve the request, while external approvers receive an email. Audit trails for all these activities are automatically generated and stored in Teams.
To further streamline workflows, Microsoft will also release templates for general approval documents such as overtime and expense reports. Administrators and team owners can create, customize, and deploy new templates. This feature will be rolled out this month.
New features now available include the ability to add file attachments, markdown support, and inline buttons to accept or reject requests from the channel or notifications without having to review the details of the request.