SharePoint / Office 365 Dev PnP Webcast – Introducing Office 365 Connectors

In this PnP Webcast, we concentrated on Office 365 Connectors and more specifically how to create your own custom connectors to send messages to Office 365 groups. It's also important to realize that the same connector architecture can be also used within the context of Microsoft Teams, since implementation looks exactly the same with Office 365 groups or with Microsoft Teams. Office 365 Connectors are a great way to get useful information and content into your Office 365 Groups or Microsoft Teams, which is then available for the end users. You can take advantage of the Connector capability for example to automate notifications from any external systems towards Office 365 Groups or Microsoft Teams, which could be useful for your team.

Presentation covers following topics:

  • Introduction to Office 365 Connectors
  • Office 365 Connectors Architecture
  • How to build your own "real" custom connectors
  • Implementation details for your custom connectors

First Web cast demo (7:36) - Using Incoming Webhook Connector

  • How to create "easy connectors" for Office 365 groups
  • Create a new group in Office 365
  • How to see all the available connectors
  • How to use Incoming Webhook connector option
  • Using Fiddler Composer to test the Incoming Webhook connector

Second Web cast demo - (21:00) - Building Office 365 Connectors with .NET

  • Walkthrough of the available sample solution in Visual Studio
  • Demonstration of the ASP.NET MVC sample solution
  • How to register new connectors to be available tenant wide
  • How to connector your custom connector to your Office 365 groups
  • How to send messages to Office 365 groups from your code
  • Walkthrough of the code needed for the connecting connector to a group and how to send messages to group

Custom Office 365 Connector demonstrated on the video is available from the PnP GitHub repository

Webcast presenters: Paolo PialorsiVesa Juvonen

Presentation used in this web cast is available from http://docs.com/OfficeDevPnP.

Video at YouTube.

Additional resources

See following resources around the Office 365 connectors.

What is SharePoint Patterns & Practices (PnP) web cast series?

SharePoint / Office Dev Patterns and PracticesSharePoint / Office Dev Patterns & Practices (PnP) webcast series covers different patterns, practices and topics around development with Office 365 and SharePoint. Majority of the topics are valid for the Office 365 and SharePoint on-premises. Our objective is to release new around 30 minute long web cast each Monday with few slides and a live demo on the covered topic. All web casts are published at the PnP YouTube channel with additional references on the existing materials.

PnP is community driven open source project where Microsoft and external community members are sharing their learning's around implementation practices for Office 365 and SharePoint on-premises (add-in model). Active development and contributions happen in our GitHub repositories under dev branch and each month there will be a master merge (monthly release) with more comprehensive testing and communications. Latest activities and future plans are covered in our monthly community calls which are open for anyone from the community. Download invite from http://aka.ms/SPPnP-Call

This is work done by the community for the community without any actual full time people. It’s been great to find both internal and external people who are willing to assist and share their learning's for the benefit of others. This way we can build on the common knowledge of us all. Currently program is facilitated by Microsoft, but already at this point we have multiple community members as part of the Core team and we are looking to extend the Core team with more community members.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback around PnP program or this blog post, please use the Microsoft Tech Community (SharePoint Developer group).

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Vesa Juvonen, Senior Program Manager, SharePoint, Microsoft - 5th of December 2016

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