How to create a Microsoft Teams Messaging Extension pop-up dialog with a custom UI

Messaging Extensions in Microsoft Teams allow you to pull in data from other systems and insert into the new message the user is composing. This can be an incredible time saver for users and results in consistent and accurate data in the form of a card being inserted into the message. Most of the documentation... Continue Reading →

How to install extensions from Google Chrome Web Store in the new Microsoft Edge (Chromium) browser

I've been using the new Microsoft Edge browser as my default browser now for several weeks. I initially missed some Chrome extensions that made my life a little easier and the Microsoft Edge Extensions store hasn't got much to offer yet. That was until I realised that Microsoft has made it possible to install extensions... Continue Reading →

Why I believe Office Add-ins are the underrated productivity enabler

We are living through the age of digital transformation, where businesses are finding new and novel ways to embrace technology to change processes and gain competitive advantages. This has seen almost all of our once paper based documentation make it's way into digital form. The core Office product suite of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook... Continue Reading →

How to enable CodeLens for viewing Application Insights telemetry directly in Visual Studio for Web API projects

I had been using Application Insights for a while with a Web API project and found it immensely valuable for monitoring how the Web API was performing and discovering any issues in production. I only recently stumbled across the fact that for ASP.NET projects, the Application Insights telemetry is surfaced and available in your source... Continue Reading →

What are Microsoft Teams Messaging Extensions and why you should consider building one

It's no secret that I think Microsoft Teams is an awesome product. I've written in the past about how I believe Teams is a great enabler for making people more productive and brings the right tools together in a place that makes a lot of sense. What are messaging extensions? Message extensions are available when... Continue Reading →

Office Add-in Manifest Updates – Deployment timing and potential URL issues

One of the critical components of an Office Add-in is the add-in manifest. This is the xml file that describes how your add-in should be activated when an end user installs and uses it with Office documents and applications. This manifest contains references to URLs where your web application resides and also to other resources... Continue Reading →

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