There is always a right tool for the job and having those tools available in Microsoft Teams enables people to work from anywhere. Teams has a wide range of tools that you can integrate into your work stream and we're excited to share details about two updated integrations from Confluence and Zendesk that continue to provide teams the ability to be productive wherever they are working.
Confluence Embedded Pages available in Microsoft Teams
Given the similarity of our missions and the complementary nature of our products, Microsoft Teams and Atlassian are thrilled to continue this close partnership and deliver rich, integrated product experiences through Atlassian + Microsoft Teams apps.
Atlassian and Microsoft are working closer than ever before to bring you best-in-class integrations that unite work and information across teams, tools, and platforms. (Check out the full list of Microsoft Teams + Atlassian apps here).
Last August, Atlassian launched a new Confluence for Microsoft Teams app (free for up to 10 users) that brings the best of Confluence, Atlassian’s flexible documentation solution, into Teams. We heard from customers that the quick access to pages, link cards, and in-meeting notes saved you time and focus. Now, we’re releasing even more functionality in the Teams app, so you can harness the full power of the Confluence editor within a Teams tab.
What’s new? Confluence Pages can now be used inside of Microsoft Teams, with significantly enhanced page parity, powered by Confluence Embedded Pages.
Microsoft’s mission statement is “to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” Atlassian’s mission statement is “to help unleash the potential of every team.” There are clear similarities in what we seek to accomplish, and it only made sense to partner with them, so we decided to take our relationship with Microsoft Teams to the next level.
What’s in it for me?
Confluence pages can now be used inside of Microsoft Teams, with significantly enhanced page parity, powered by Confluence Embedded Pages.
Confluence Embedded Pages enhances a Teams user’s cross-product experience. Context-switching is no longer a distraction—now, take quick notes, create long-form content, and add rich formatting and macros to any Confluence page, without leaving a Teams conversation.
With both tools, mutual users have a new hub for team collaboration and knowledge management. Our newest integration unlocks a whole lot of value for you!
Central source of truth: Reduce barriers to knowledge management by having one source of truth for your work—all of your knowledge stays in one, easy-to-access place.
Reduce context-switching: Bring project documentation and project execution closer together seamlessly, without having to switch apps. Create pages from within Microsoft Teams, so you can spend less time planning to work and more time getting work done.
Power up your collaboration: Streamline communication with a more powerful documentation and collaboration tool, immediately within Microsoft Teams. Your conversation and your collaboration can all live in the same hub.
Confluence Smart Links can also be used inside of Teams, and they’ve received a similarly upgraded embedded page experience.
Brand new page creation experience From within Microsoft Teams, you will be able to:
Create pages from a pinned tab
Designate a space to take advantage of Confluence’s knowledge management capabilities
Edit with macros for a richer, long-form creation process
With less time focused on finding notes, flipping between windows, and filling in colleagues, your team can focus on the bigger tasks at hand. Unlock a more open, cohesive flow of information within your team by connecting Teams, the ultimate productivity hub, with Confluence, your remote-friendly team workspace.
Looking for guidance on Teams rollout + adoption? Whether you’re an IT admin or an operational leader, driving organization-wide adoption of a tool like Teams is no small feat. Atlassian assembled this guide of tips and tricks to help IT and operations managers overcome common deployment obstacles: 3 Ways to Make your Team Fall in Love with Microsoft Teams.
New Zendesk Support Integration for Microsoft Teams
We’re excited to announce the release of the new Zendesk integration for Microsoft Teams! This integration brings your communication and support solutions together to enable your employees to work wherever they’re most productive.
The updated integration comes after reviewing feedback received from customers using the original version, which launched in 2016. Throughout the past year, we’ve been working with our development partner, Softserve, to build a new integration that caters to the most requested use cases and features.
Companies are now able to provide support to their employees in the tool of their choice - as they can raise and manage their support requests in Teams. Additionally, the integration helps manage external customer support. It does this by allowing agents and staff to update and respond to tickets, receive ticket notification, and see ticket views within Teams.
The first release of the integration includes the following features:
Create, view, and update Zendesk tickets directly from within Teams
Add internal notes or public replies to tickets from within Teams
Get real-time notifications on tickets based on status, priority, type, or updates within any Teams channel or chat
Deploy Answer Bot in Teams to answer commonly asked questions
See all personal tickets in a single listview within Teams
Import Zendesk ticket views as tabs into a single Teams workspace
Additional features on the roadmap include:
Side Conversations with Teams
Use custom ticket forms when creating and updating tickets in Teams
Send notifications for SLAs to Teams channels or chat
Simplify support workflows and collaboration With this integration, users can view, create, or update Zendesk tickets directly from within Teams. Furthermore, users can collect details like issue description, internal notes or attachments into Zendesk tickets.
A user can create a ticket using the app in Teams, by simply clicking on the create ticket command, and filling out the required fields.
Users have multiple ways to create and update their requests by using message actions, message extensions or other interactions with the Zendesk app.
Stay up to date with current activity
Receive real-time notifications on tickets based on status, priority, type or updates within any Teams channel or chat. Users can take action on a ticket by updating ticket fields or adding internal notes and public replies.
Support teams can configure notifications specific to their needs. If an important or high priority ticket hits their queue, they are notified immediately in Teams.
Scale support with self-service
Deploy Zendesk’s Answer Bot in Teams to help resolve commonly asked questions, only escalating tickets to agents for more complex issues.
A user asking a question in a channel and Answer Bot responding with three relevant articles
Users can select from the recommended articles and provide feedback to Answer Bot to help improve the accuracy of suggestions. Once Answer Bot has been configured for a channel, it becomes the first line of defense for your support teams. It provides quick and relevant answers to the most commonly asked questions, freeing them up to work on other high priority requests.
Gain greater visibility of support activity
Personalized views of ticket lists can be seen within Teams by using a pre-installed view of all your users open and closed requests. Ticket views can also be imported into a channel tab which allows users to view requests that are relevant to their team or projects.
An agent navigating through their various Zendesk views, sorting and refining the lists of tickets and drilling down into the details of a specific ticket.
By using this feature, your agents can streamline their workflow. Agents can stay in Teams but keep track of tickets like they would within Zendesk.