Standalone Installation for Microsoft Teams App


 

The Brightidea for Microsoft Teams app is currently in the final stages of review with Microsoft and will be available from AppSource once Microsoft completes their testing.

We are making the app available immediately for direct installation, as outlined below. To be notified when the app is published, enter your email here and we will send you one email when the app is published: https://forms.gle/ACFK13x22ArfoshT6 

 

Download the app package here: http://brightidea.com/wp-content/uploads/com.brightidea.teams.zip

 

Please be aware that installation is highly dependent on each user and their organization's policies & permissions. Review the options below to see which are available to you and whether you will need assistance from your Microsoft IT administrator.

 

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There are three recommended ways of installing the app:

Submit to App Catalog (Available in Your Internal App Store)

If available, this option allows you to submit the app to your IT admin(s) for approval, directly from Teams. Once approved, the app will be available to install for everyone in your org.

This option is best if you want to make the app available to a lot of users.

 

Submitting to App Catalog 

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Complete this once per organization:

  1. In Teams, click on the "Apps" tab
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the left column and click "Submit to app catalog"
  3. From the main column, select "Submit an app"
  4. Browse to the zip file you downloaded above
  5. The app will be submitted to your organization's IT admin(s) for approval
  6. Once approved, all users in the org will see the app available in the "Built for..." section of the "Apps" tabs (see below)

Note: you may want to direct your admin to the Teams admin center for app approval and management. They should also be automatically notified of your request.

Installing from App Catalog

Once the app is approved, users must complete these steps:

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  1. Click the "Apps" tab and locate the Brightidea app in the "Built for..." section
  2. Click on the app card, review the details, then click "Add" to install in your Teams instance

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Now, see how to use the app: Brightidea for Microsoft Teams

 

Upload a Custom App (Individual Installation)

If available, this option allows users to individually install a custom app. This is also referred to as "sideloading" the app.

This option is best if you want to test in a local environment to "kick the tires" on the app—or if you are going to be using it as an admin to submit ideas on behalf of others. 

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  1. In Teams, click on the "Apps" tab
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the left column and click "Upload a custom app"
  3. Browse to the zip file you downloaded above
  4. App details will be shown -- review, then click "Add" to install in your Teams instance

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Now, see how to use the app: Brightidea for Microsoft Teams

 

IT Installation and Deployment

The app can alternatively be made available and/or deployed from the Teams Admin Center by a Microsoft IT admin.

This option requires access to your organization's Microsoft admin area, but is the most reliable and robust way to make the app available across the org. 

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  1. From "Microsoft Teams admin center" navigate to "Teams apps" > "Manage Apps"
  2. Select "+ Upload"
  3. Review prompts and select the app package file
  4. The app should now be listed in the admin center (use search field to locate it by "Brightidea" if needed)
  5. Click into the app to make sure it is published & allowed, or for other management operations

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App Management and Deployment

For more information on app management and deployment (install on behalf of users), please refer to Microsoft documentation. The Brightidea app does not have any specific installation limitations, but it does require a Brightidea account to use. 

Individual Installation

After adding the app in the admin center: 

  1. Users will now see the app in Teams, in the "Build for..." section of the "Apps" tab
  2. Users can install the app by selecting the app and clicking "Add" 

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