Enabling the Microsoft Teams Channels requires some preparation. Before you get started, make sure you have the following:


1) A Microsoft Azure Account


Microsoft Azure, commonly referred to as Azure, is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers.


To create an account go to https://azure.microsoft.com > Free Account and follow the instructions to create your free Microsoft Azure account.



2) Install Visual Studio Code


Visual Studio Code is a freeware source-code editor made by Microsoft for Windows, Linux and macOS. Features include support for debugging, syntax highlighting, intelligent code completion, snippets, code refactoring, and embedded Git.


To download a version of Visual Studio Code that is compatible with your system go to https://code.visualstudio.com and click download.



3) Install the Microsoft Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code


The Microsoft Teams Toolkit extension enables you to create, debug and deploy Teams apps directly from Visual Studio code.


To install the toolkit open Visual Studio Code, go over to Extension, search for Teams Toolkit and click Install.




4) Download NGROK


ngrok is a cross-platform application that enables developers to expose a local development server to the Internet with minimal effort. The software makes your locally-hosted web server appear to be hosted on a subdomain of ngrok.com, meaning that no public IP or domain name on the local machine is needed.


To download ngrok, go over to https://ngrok.com/ and click download




5) Download node.js


Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform, back-end JavaScript runtime environment that runs on the V8 engine and executes JavaScript code outside a web browser.


To download node.js go over to https://nodejs.org/en/ and download the latest stable version.




Now you should be ready to start working on your Microsoft teams bot.