Building and Developing Apps & Bots for Microsoft Teams
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Building and Developing Apps & Bots for Microsoft Teams

A guide for developers and normal people alike.

About the Book

This book contains everything I know about Microsoft Teams applications: Why you should build them, What to build, How to get started, No-code, Low-code and Pro-code solutions to meet all abilities. Design guidance, Testing, Publishing - this book is everything you need to successfully design, build and publish your first Microsoft Teams app.

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The Microsoft Teams Development landscape is evolving at pace and over time restrictions are lifted and new ways of extending Teams open up. The only way to make a book about Teams Development relevant is to use a platform that supports regular updating. This book is written and updated regularly over time, in an open way based on new announcements and your feedback. Buying the book means you will get every single update for free meaning you will always be up to date

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For Developers, AND Normal People

This book is divided into different sections. The author is an experienced Teams developer and architect. If you or your team are looking to get started building a Teams application from scratch then this book shows you how with the detail you need and the background information to help you understand how the development platform is organised.

If you're not a developer, this book is also for you. There are dedicated sections for low-code and no-code solutions that don't assume any prior knowledge or coding experience. Citizen developers (aka normal people who know how the business works and just want to solve a problem) will find solutions they use implement themselves today, as well as understand what's possible and when to call in the development professionals.

There isn't a book like this for Microsoft Teams developers today, and in writing it I've tried to produce the book I would want to read if I was starting out on this journey for the first time. The Teams Development Platform is a really exciting place to be and I hope you'll join me. Best of luck with your first Teams application!


Tom Morgan

Microsoft MVP

About the Author

Tom Morgan
Tom Morgan

Tom is a Microsoft Teams Platform developer and Microsoft MVP who has been blogging at for over a decade. He works at Modality, a specialist provider of Universal Communications services, as Product Innovation Architect, with responsibility for delivery of the Modality product portfolio.

Tom is passionate about helping people create great software that people will find useful. He blogs at and is a contributing author on the Skype for Business Unleashed book (published 2016).

He lives in Norfolk in the UK, travelling internationally to speak about Microsoft Teams platform development, UCaaS, Office365, Bot Framework, Cognitive Services, and the future of the communications industry.

Table of Contents

    • Introduction
      • How to use this book (and what this book is not)
      • The business case: Why build apps for Microsoft Teams?
      • “Normal People” vs “Developers”
      • What’s possible?
      • Ideas for your next application
  • Design
    • Designing Apps for Microsoft Teams
      • UI Components
      • Design Library & Icons
      • Adaptive Cards
    • Designing Bots
      • Introduction
      • Designing your bot: 5 questions to ask yourself
      • Start with the Unknown
      • Success Criteria
  • Build
    • Non-Developers: Building apps for Microsoft Teams
      • Introduction
      • Managing Teams with Power Automate
      • Messaging Teams with PowerShell
      • Power Apps & Teams
      • Storing Data
      • App Templates
    • Non-Developers: Building bots for Microsoft Teams
      • Building a FAQ Bot
      • Power Virtual Agents
      • Bot Framework Composer
    • No-Code to Low-Code to Pro-Code: making the leap to Pro-Development
    • Pro-Developers: Building apps for Microsoft Teams
      • Introduction
      • Extending the Microsoft Teams Client
      • Microsoft Graph API
    • Pro-Developers: Building bots for Microsoft Teams
      • Introduction
      • How it works
      • Building your first bot
      • Running Locally
      • Adaptive Cards
      • Cognitive Services Primer
      • Bot Builder Community
      • Bot Framework Composer
  • Everything Else
    • Testing, Deploying and Improving Bots
      • Introduction
      • Review Telemetry
      • Testing in Live
      • Testing Doesn’t Stop Once You Launch
      • Making Improvements
    • Fusion Development
    • Tenant Admin Problems? Get Your Own Tenant.

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