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Categories: Teams

July 8, 2020

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Support for native device camera and location capabilities for Personal apps and tabs

From Microsoft Corporation

MC217255, Stay Informed, Published date: Jun 24, 2020

Developers building Microsoft Teams apps that use tabs will soon be able to leverage native mobile device functionalities for richer app experiences. This experience is currently supported for the Teams desktop client and is being introduced to the Teams mobile app via new APIs.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 64615.

When this will happen

  • We will begin rolling out this feature in the Android and iOS app stores in late July 2020.
  • We expect rollout to be complete by the end of July 2020.

How this will affect your organization

Developers, including those building Teams apps through Power Apps, will be able to use device permissions to build richer experiences, such as capturing images through the camera or providing GPS coordinates. 

  • For IT admins: There are no new controls associated with this feature.
  • For developers: They can choose to integrate their applications with this new capability via new APIs and device permissions. Application updates must go through resubmission, review, and approval by the Microsoft Teams app validation team.
  • For end-users: They will receive an ‘access device permission’ consent prompt when using the respective app asking for explicit approval. Consent is granted on a per-user, per-app, per-device permission basis and users will be able to see what device capabilities they’ve granted an app and have the ability to revoke consent to all of them at once in settings.

    Android device permissions

    iOS device permissions

What you need to do to prepare

No additional steps are needed to prepare for the new feature deployment. As is the case today, admins can review and approve/disable apps in Teams based on organization policy.

Learn more: Request device permissions for your Microsoft Teams tab

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