We are happy to announce the generally availability of the Office 365 Connectors developer platform so developers can write and publish connectors.
Office 365 Groups is a service that enables teams to come together and get work done by establishing a single team identity across Office 365 apps. Office 365 Connectors are a great way to bring filtered information that is relevant and contextual to the team's needs and interests into the Group's shared inbox. Over 50 connectors are available to users today -- from collaborating on a coding project with your developer team on GitHub, to tracking tags on Stack Overflow, to monitoring your project activities in Asana -- Office 365 Connectors make it easier for teams to stay in sync and get more done.
Building a connector is simple, just post messages to a webhook URL and use JSON to generate a message in the Office 365 Groups shared inbox. These messages take the form of rich connector cards that can be customized to create unique experiences and scale to include a variety of content, deep links, and actions. When you're ready to share your connector with the world, register you connector with our catalog. Connectors are showcased inside the connector catalog that is surfaced to millions of Office 365 customers, through the Groups user experience.
Additionally, use the Connect to Office 365 button on your product site, so users can authorize their Office 365 Groups to receive your connector cards. Teams using Office 365 can stay engaged with important updates from your app, share weekly reports or set reminders for pending actions, resulting in immersive team collaboration. To learn more, visit https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/actionable-messages/.