This is Part 1 of a 2-part series which will show you how to make Teams applications using modern SharePoint pages. It’s not about the SharePoint Framework, which is a great option, but one that requires coding. This is the easy approach: if you can edit a SharePoint page, format a list, or make a Power App, you can make a Teams app.
Of course there are built-in tabs to allow adding a SharePoint page or PowerApp to Teams, but there are a number of advantages to building a proper Teams app:
- You can distribute and manage it centrally in the Tenant App Catalog
- Users can install it by name – no need to configure a website or Power Apps tab
- You can use app policies to set permission and target the app to the users who need it, and optionally pin it to the Teams sidebar
- You can be a hero for building a cool app (nobody has to know how easy it was!)
PART 1 (this article) – Introduces the Get Started app and explains Teams Tab principles
Any SharePoint page can be a Teams Application
At events around the world lately, Karuana Gatimu has demonstrated a Get Started application that displays the Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways portal right in Microsoft Teams. Users who are new to M365 and need a little instruction can click on the app and gain access to a rich training portal.
The Learning Pathways training portal is right at the top of the Teams sidebar