The best Microsoft Teams apps to download in 2023 for better performance and experience
Updated 18th December 2022
Appsource, the app extension store for Microsoft Teams, has long been one of the platform's major selling points. Hundreds of free and paid options mean you're spoiled for choice in how you customise your Teams experience. So, as always, here's our "Best Microsoft Teams apps 2023" list to show you the best in-platform tools for your business.
With 270 million daily active users in 2022, it's safe to say Microsoft Teams has become an essential platform for remote work in the modern-day. And with all that traffic, the Appsource market's (popularity has continued to boom.
As the leading employee engagement and performance management solution on the platform, we're continuing our (admittedly young) tradition of listing the best apps to choose from in Microsoft Teams. If you find these lists helpful, then go ahead and bookmark this page to catch the updates every year.
The "Best Microsoft Teams apps 2023" list is here!
We started listing the best Microsoft Teams apps back in 2020. But, if you can't remember that one, don't worry. We're not here to retread old ground. We still recommend checking out all the apps on that list, but today, the range of apps available for plugging into your Teams tech stack is far, far greater than it was during the pandemic. We want to highlight some more tools that can really help you to get the most out of your Teams experience.
There are currently over 700 apps available for download through Microsoft Teams, covering a head-spinning variety of functions.
Whether you're managing employees, or looking getting to grips with the latest CRM tools, there's going to be something for you. So, as you can imagine, sifting through them all to come up with our 'Best Microsoft Teams apps 2023' list hasn't been easy!
1. Asana: Best Teams app for planning any project
While there are plenty of project management tools on Appsource, Asana has retained its spot as the best project-planning tool. Not only can you access, share, and edit your Asana tasks through Teams, you can also use the Asana app to turn Teams conversations into actionable tasks. This app is great when you're managing team members in different locations, and want everyone to be on the same page. This can be a great way of making sure you don't micromanage, while ensuring that your team have the proper assignment briefs and reminders to hand.
2. MURAL: Best Teams app for creativity
There are quite a few digital whiteboard apps for Teams, including Microsoft Whiteboard. But we wanted to highlight the MURAL app on Teams, as it's incredibly flexible. MURAL's shared digital workspace allows users to collaborate across the world with messages, illustrations, and sticky notes. It also includes templates to help you get your virtual space organised quickly, and users can place MURAL content directly into their Teams messages to ensure you get your point across.
3. AttendanceBot: Best Teams app for time-off and event scheduling
One of the biggest employee nightmares is an inaccessible or labyrinthine system for booking time off. And when it's hard to get PTO or sick days booked in, overwork or absenteeism are the inevitable results. But AttendanceBot cuts out all the complications. Employees can simply message "@attendancebot" to check the availability of time off on specific dates. You can even use it to handle bookings for events, like the office Christmas party, or an industry convention. Automating these conversations cuts down on headaches for both employees and HR. And, if that's not enough, AttendanceBot even has features for payroll, billing, quota management, and much more.
4. MS Translator: Best Teams app for communicating with the world
While there are text translation tools available on Appsource, it's actually possible to use Microsoft's own translation service through Teams with this simple guide. This service translates text, speech, and even image text like road signs in real time. So, whether you're working with an overseas client, or you're managing multiple international teams, MS Translator helps things run a lot more smoothly. That's why, even though it's not downloaded from Appsource like the rest of these entries, we wanted to include it on our Best Microsoft Teams apps 2023 list.
5. Karma: Best Teams app for connecting remote teams
At Weekly10, we're big on the idea of employee recognition as a way to motivate employees and reduce turnover, and Karma is an app to help with just that. Through Karma, employees can award each other points recognising each other's hard work and accomplishments. Teams of employees even get their own high scoreboard for a bit of light-hearted office competition. While it's by no means an objective tracker of performance or engagement, it makes our Best Microsoft Teams apps in 2023 list because it's a great tool for getting your employees into the mindset of recognising each other's contributions.
6. Remind: Best Teams app for keeping track of your day
Good time-keeping and an ability to remember prior obligations are important soft skills in any workplace. But we're all only human, and mistakes happen. That, combined with its sheer user-friendliness, is why we've included Remind on our list of the best Microsoft Teams apps. It's a great light-touch approach to coordinating your team remotely, that doesn't make anyone feel singled out. You can set personal or group reminders, and even set up recurring ones. You can chat with the bot directly, or just use @ to mention it. Then you just tell it what to do, followed by when, right down to the time-zone. So, a reminder to call Weekly10's founder might look like this: "Call Andy" at 13:30 GMT.
7. Health Hero: Best Teams app for employee health and fitness
Balancing a healthy lifestyle with full-time work can be much easier said than done. Whether it's finding the time to cook healthy, enjoyable meals, or getting enough exercise as a white-collar employee, staying on-track is hard. If only there were a group of people you knew in a similar situation...
And that's where Health Hero comes in. It connects to most fitness apps, so people don't have to throw out old profiles. Best of all, its features are all aimed at getting you to support each other. Employees can set and participate in wellness challenges, with game-ification elements to keep things interesting. And the app's focus isn't purely physical, with mental health screenings for the poor wellbeing symptoms we can't see.
8. Lifesize: Best Teams app for optimising your experience
One of the most important things about Microsoft Teams is its accessibility. Even if you don't have a phenomenal internet connection, you can most likely still have a stable video conference. But for those times when you want to ramp the quality up to 11, there's the Lifesize app. This app is designed to provide higher video and audio quality during a video call, conference or livestream. So, whether you're a tech-loving manager looking to immerse their team in a quality presentation, or you're trying to really wow some prospective clients, the Lifesize app is definitely one to look into!
9. MyHub: Best Teams app for organising your stack
The sheer number of tools and services Microsoft have released over the years can be pretty overwhelming, and in the modern workplace, you're likely to be using at least a couple of them. If that's the case, then MyHub can be a real lifesaver. It's designed to centralise your Microsoft 365 workspaces through Teams, including Groups, SharePoint sites, and Yammer communities. With the MyHub app for Teams, it's much quicker and easier to access important information. Users can even create new workspaces through Teams for virtual collaboration, and team leaders can manage groups and handle membership requests, all through the app.
10. Wiki: Best Teams app for knowledge
We're sort of cheating for our final entry, as Wiki is actually a function that's already native to Teams. But we couldn't leave it out of our Best Microsoft Teams apps 2023 list because it's so useful. Wiki is a smart-text editor that allows you to easily create and share guides, FAQs and other repositories of knowledge through Teams for your employees. So, in the new normal dominated by remote work, Wiki is an essential tool for creating shared knowledge resources and onboarding new staff members.
Surprise bonus: The Weekly10 app (well, can you blame us?)
We know we're being a bit cheeky here. But we can't do a list of Teams apps without talking about our check-in and everything that comes with it. Our weekly employee check-in is the ideal way to establish a regular pattern of ongoing two-way feedback between performance reviews. Individually customised questions allow you to give each employee the attention they need. There's even goal-tracking to offer an ongoing view of team progress.
Best of all, it only takes a few minutes to submit or review an update, so there won't be any scheduling nightmares. There are also plenty of other tools which build off our check-in, from AI-driven sentiment analysis to automated performance conversations. And every single feature we offer is fully accessible through our app on Microsoft Teams.
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