Microsoft’s new ‘Live Share’ enables interactive remote collaboration in Teams apps

An example of simultaneous live annotation of a schematic in Microsoft Teams using the Live Share feature. (Microsoft Image)

Microsoft will offer a new remote collaboration technology to let users interact with apps simultaneously during Microsoft Teams meetings.

The technology, dubbed Live Share, was shown to software developers for the first time Tuesday morning at the company’s Build developer conference. Examples given during the conference ranged from shared control of video playback in Teams to collaborative annotation and editing of 3D models.

The goal is “to go beyond passive screen sharing,” said Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365 Collaboration, in a post announcing the new feature.

A prototype from Hexagon uses Live Share to let engineers annotate and edit 3D models and simulations in Teams. (Microsoft GIF).

Microsoft wants third-party developers to upgrade their apps to work with the functionality, attempting to further differentiate Microsoft Teams from competitors including Zoom and Slack.

The Live Share software development kit was released Tuesday as part of the Public Developer Preview for Microsoft Teams. Companies making early versions of Live Share experiences include Adobe’s Frame.io, Hexagon, Skillsoft, MakeCode, Accenture, Parabol, and Breakthru.

Previously: Microsoft Build: New AI dev tools turn pictures into apps, summarize text, and write code automatically

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