Microsoft is adding new Power Platform features to make it easier for customers to create, deploy, and manage important business apps and chatbots directly within Microsoft Teams.
When this will happen
The roll-out starts in mid-September (formerly mid-August) and is completed at the end of September (formerly August).
How this will affect your organization
Some Microsoft 365 and Office 365 plans that include Power Apps and Power Automate are expanded with the introduction of Microsoft Dataflex – a built-in, flexible data store that supports relational, image, and file data with a one-click experience for deploying native solutions in Teams.
Your users will have access to these public preview features in Teams starting in mid-September.
• With Dataflex, Power Apps offers an integrated app studio that allows users to build and deploy custom apps within Teams.
• With the introduction of Power Virtual Agents, your end users can also build and deploy custom chatbots in Teams.
• We also add Power Automate capabilities, including the ability to activate flows directly from Teams messages.
This new Power Platform functionality for Teams is included with your Microsoft 365 and Office 365 licenses at no extra cost. Existing Power Platform functionality available for use in Office 365 wider outside of Teams remains unchanged.
What you need to do to prepare
Once this update is complete, you’ll see new service plans – Microsoft Dataflex and Power Virtual Agents for Teams – in the list of subscriptions included in your subscription. These changes won’t affect other features in your subscription, except for what’s listed above. However, you may want to consider updating your internal documentation to reflect these additional capabilities.
The following management features are available in the Teams Admin Center to enable/disable the new functionality in public preview:
• App permission policy: Administrators can enable or disable the Power Platform maker/builder experience in Teams by selecting Power Apps and/or Power Virtual Agents applications available under “Microsoft Apps.” This setting is available to a specific set of users or to all tenant.
• Note: Administrators can enable or disable Power Platform deployment in Teams with a single click by selecting Shared Power Apps and/or Shared Power Virtual Agent applications available under “Microsoft Apps.” This setting is available to a specific set of users or to all tenant.
o Learn more about app permission policies here: Manage app permission policies in Microsoft Teams