Microsoft Teams is gaining some important new tools ahead of Microsoft’s Ignite 2019 conference at the start of November. This week, the company has announced a new file sharing experience for the workplace collaboration platform.

Looking at how files will work on Microsoft Teams moving forward, the Files tab on the app now has complete SharePoint integration. Users get complete use and management from the platform, including the ability to sync files to PC and Mac.

Elsewhere, Microsoft Teams now has previews across 320 different types of files. Users can generate views and metadata, and see previews of content by hovering on file cards. The extensive additions also include the ability to see document life-cycle signals, and pin files to the top.

Here’s everything users can do across Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Outlook:

  • Viewing all metadata/columns
  • Open a file
  • Open option drop-down (online/desktop)
  • Upload file/folder
  • Sync
  • Export to Excel
  • New menu
  • Column header filters pane
  • List views
  • Files that need attention
  • Pinned files
  • Simple column settings
  • On-hover file cards
  • Lifecycle signals
  • Check out / Check in
  • Bulk approvals
  • Column and row formatting
  • Document sets
  • Sticky headers
  • Column totals
  • Group-by view
  • File handlers

Availability

Teams will also automatically format files when a link is copy and pasted into the app. This is the same feature that is already available across Windows Explorer, SharePoint, Office, and OneDrive.

Microsoft says the new experience is rolling out to some Office 365 users today. All subscribers should receive the changes by the end of the year, following a consistent roll-out starting in November. We expect the company to delive deeper into the new file experience at Ignite 2019 next week.