I recently started a training course with the amazing Andrew Connell through his company Voitanos. The subject for this course is Microsoft Teams Development. This is an area I have wanted expand my professional expertise in for a while, so I am very excited about the course. We are using the Teams Toolkit to develop all of the project types available in MS Teams. Our first project is an app to be surfaced as a personal tab and since we want to build a modern UI, we are using the Tab option for “React with Fluent UI.
I recently took the certification renewal appraisal and passed! This used to be the certification earned with the passing of MS-600 exam titled “Building Applications and Solutions with Microsoft 365 Core Services.” The certification was orignially called the “Microsoft 365 Developer Associate” certification, but is now called “Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Application Developer Associate.” Originally, I heard that recertifications would be via an exam that was just like the original exam, but not as long.
While Microsoft is always working on expanding the capabilities of its Teams app, the rapid acceleration in the use of MS Teams during the global COVID-19 pandemic has also accelerated implementing some of the features on the backlog in an effort to compete with other group conferencing applications like WebEx and Zoom. Some of these capabilities include allowing the user to blur the background during video calls, as well as changing the background and increasing the number of video participants visible in the gallery.