Announcing the Azure Boards app for Microsoft Teams

Karthik RG

Karthik

Developers today rely on communication platforms like Microsoft Teams extensively to get work done. Often, Microsoft Teams is the place where ideas are discussed, insights are generated and product defects are identified. The same discussions then can continue in Azure Boards where development teams actually plan and manage their work. We are excited to announce the Azure Boards app for Microsoft Teams that brings work in Azure Boards closer to the team channel in Microsoft Teams.

With this app, users can create new work items in Azure Boards through a command or through message actions that convert a conversation in the channel into a work item. Users can also set up and manage subscriptions to get notifications in their channel whenever work items are created or updated. Messaging extension can be used to search and share work items with other members in the channel or previews can be generated from work item URLs to help initiate discussions and keep the conversations contextual.

Create work items

Use message actions to create work item from conversations in the channel

Get notified when a work item is created or updated

Search and share work items using messaging extension

Use work item URLs to initiate discussions around work items

For more details about the app, please take a look at the documentation or go straight ahead and install the app.

Please give the app a try and send us your feedback using the @azure boards feedback command in the app or on Developer Community.

Karthik RG
Karthik RG

Program Manager, Azure DevOps

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7 comments

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    André Meyer

    hi Karthik and Team
    Congrats to the launch of the Teams app! It sounds really useful. However, in our case (our development spans over 5 project), we cannot leverage the full power, and would have to pick a single project.

    Is there a chance to select multiple Azure DevOps projects and include them at the same time?

    Thank you

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    Rob Dawson

    Nice new feature. Two questions.
    1. Does this work when the Azure DevOps is in a different AAD domain to my teams logged on account?
    2. Does the teams message chat about a work item get written back to the ADO discussion of that item? If not there’s a chance for missed communication.

    Thanks !

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    Mayuresh Jehurkar

    Hi Karthik and Team,

    Kudos for the new Teams app. The function seems a great way to collaborate.

    Have a few queries –
    1. Is this different that the Azure DevOps Teams app? It had similar functions (sans Work item creation, i guess) Is it an update and re-positioning ?
    2. While I not able to see the Organizations where my account is added. Same login – Different AAD
    3. It asks for picking the organization from the list and does not accept a URL as an input. (Azure DevOps app used to accept that, but it seems to have stopped taking the URL too)

    Looking forward. All the best for the future releases!

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    Ryan Slavinsky

    You guys really need to support Azure DevOps Server with these apps. My company needs to use on prem, and having great apps like this could really help the adoption/buy-in to Teams and AZD.

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    Van Luttikhuisen, Ryan

    When I try and add a subscription it complains I need to be an administrator of the project…which I’m not so I can’t really use this. too bad!
    Not sure why someone needs to be an admin of the project to be able to do this.

  • Michael Baumann
    Michael Baumann

    Love the features but it has the same problem (for us) as general Azure DevOps integration.
    As we have multiple AAD domains –
    Teams, being in our corporate directory and our AzDO org is in the ‘production’ Directory the membership is inherited via a ‘guest’ user. The problem with teams is that it’s only showing you the AzDO orgs that are using the same directory your user account is associated with. Some Microsoft sites, like the Azure portal and https://myapps.microsoft.com are smart enough to allow you to switch between the directories linked to your account.

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