Microsoft release Crisis Communication App template

John PhillipsProduct Updates

With the global spread of the COVID-19 virus and with more and more workers being asked to work remotely, Microsoft have released a Crisis Communication App template to aid with employee communication.

What does the App do?

The app template combines capabilities of Power Apps, Power Automate, Teams, and SharePoint and can be used on the web, mobile or in Teams. The key features of the app are:

  • Employees can report their work status, ‘working from home’ for example, and make requests. This helps managers to coordinate across teams and helps central response teams to track employee status across an organisation.
  • Administrators can use the app to push news, updates, company-specific content and can provide emergency contacts specific to different locations.
  • The app includes the ability to add RSS feeds of up-to-date information from reputable sources such as WHO, CDC, or a local authority.

This video outlines the App’s functionality:

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What are the requirements of the App?

  • You must have a valid SharePoint Online licence and permission to create lists.
  • You must have a public SharePoint site where you can store the app data.

How do I set up the App for my business?

Microsoft have produced a setup guide for the app and the latest version of the guide can be found here. For organisations that need assistance in setting up the app, please get in touch.

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