Microsoft is about to release an upgrade for its communication platform Teams that will make it more difficult to use third-party app connectors, but for good cause.
Microsoft Teams customers will eventually have to handle access individually for any third-party app they want to use via the web client, as per a new entry in the company’s product roadmap.
“In order to improve the security of Microsoft Teams third-party applications that request native device permissions – such as camera, microphone, or location access – we will require users to manually opt-in for these permissions per app in the Microsoft Teams web browser experience,” Microsoft stated.
The timeline entry goes on to explain that this is already the case across the Microsoft Teams desktop and mobile applications.
The new web client permissions system is still in the works, but it should be available to all users by February of next year.
However, before the outbreak, unified communications suppliers such as Microsoft, Zoom, and Slack have worked hard to build and enhance it respective in-built features (video conferencing, VoIP, messaging, file-sharing, and so on) with third-party interfaces.
In Microsoft’s case, the company intends to make Teams into a primary center for work by incorporating as much functionality as conceivable into the platform, ranging from cloud storage and CRM to project management, calendaring, and more.
Microsoft only stated last week that it is working on a new app store that will make it easier to find the most helpful third-party integrations on a per-user basis.
Furthermore, as the number of Teams applications grows, so does the possibility that one will be abused for cybercriminal objectives. Microsoft will soon require users to manually declare app permissions across all Teams clients in order to avert any potential difficulties (desktop, mobile and now browser).
The solution will not prevent users from providing harmful apps access to their video and audio feed, but it will make consumers think carefully about which apps they use.