Though the Microsoft Teams Preview launched on almost every platform last week, one noticeably missing was a Windows Store title. It was unclear whether or not the app would be coming at all, but Microsoft cleared that up yesterday in a Tech Community AMA.
For those unfamiliar, the app acts a lot like Slack. Multiple chat channels allow different business departments to communicate, while also integrating video calls and Office. It comes as part of business' existing Microsoft plans.
It looks like Teams will not be getting a fully fledged UWP version, but will use Microsoft's Desktop Bridge. The app will remain a Win32 application but will be able to tap into some UWP features.
“We are working on that,” said Swati Jhawar, Senior Program Manager at Skype. “We will be in Windows Store via Desktop Bridge which will enable capability to have Win 10 notifications and live tile updates.”
The addition of notifications is particularly important. It will mean less chance of missing important messages and will unify everything in the notification center. Unfortunately, a release date was not forthcoming.
However, it would make sense for it to launch either with the full release or a little before for testing purposes. That would suggest an early 2017 launch.
Next-Gen Skype Consumer Network
Earlier in the week, systems architect Richard Brynteson shed the light on a different mystery. Microsoft mentioned several times that Teams is ‘built on Skype' but is hasn't been exactly clear what version.
The natural assumption was use of Skype for Business, but it turns out that was actually incorrect. Through analysis of JSON events, Brynteson found that the app is built on Microsoft next generation consumer network.
“This is all driven via JSON and web services,” said Brynteson. “If you look at the language that is being used this is a very modern interface that is being used by several other players in the market.”
That can only be a good thing for consumers, and Microsoft Teams will be even more formidable with the integration of UWP features.