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Published on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, last updated

Best three GitHub pull request Microsoft Teams Integration

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Seamless collaboration is more crucial than ever. One way to achieve this is through GitHub pull request Microsoft Teams integration. This integration not only streamlines your code review process but also enhances team communication. In this article, we'll explore the top solutions that offer GitHub PR integration with Microsoft Teams, focusing on features, ease of setup, and overall value.

Here are 3 different types of GitHub pull request Microsoft Teams integration that we are going to study in this article:

IntegrationCollaborative (channel per PR)GitHub actions & checksHigh PR level viewAccess to codePR RemindersNotifications for each PRΒ PricingNote
Axoloβœ…βœ…βœ…πŸ”΄βœ…βœ…Β 0βˆ’8 - 8/developerBest for teams
Official GitHub Teams integrationπŸ”΄βœ…πŸ”΄βœ…βœ…βœ…Β FreeΒ Long set up
Zapier / Automate.ioπŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄πŸ”΄βœ…10to600 to 600/MonthΒ 

1. Axolo

When it comes to fostering collaboration across your engineering team, Axolo stands out as more than just another pull request notification bot. Designed to facilitate efficient code reviews, Axolo offers a comprehensive suite of features tailored for Microsoft Teams.

😍 What we like:

Axolo creates a temporary Microsoft Teams channel for every GitHub pull request, inviting reviewers and assignees to join. This channel serves as a hub for all relevant notifications, including code comments, GitHub actions, and deployments. Once the pull request is closed or merged, the channel is automatically archived, ensuring a clutter-free workspace.

GitHub Teams Integration Screenshot

Axolo is currently in private early-access for Microsoft Teams at the moment. Tell us here if you would like to take part in the early-access with your email and we will get back to you.

Axolo's Technical Edge: How It Integrates with Microsoft Teams

When it comes to GitHub pull request Microsoft Teams integration, Axolo goes beyond the basics to offer a technically robust solution. Here's a closer look at the technical aspects that set Axolo apart:

API Functionalities

Axolo leverages Microsoft Teams' and GitHub's APIs to create a seamless integration. This allows for real-time synchronization between your GitHub repositories and Microsoft Teams channels, ensuring that all stakeholders are on the same page.

Security Features

Security is a top priority for Axolo. The integration is built with enterprise-level security protocols, including OAuth for authentication and end-to-end encryption, to protect your code and communications.

Handling GitHub Actions and Checks

One of Axolo's standout features is its ability to handle GitHub actions and checks efficiently. Whenever a GitHub action is triggered or a code check is completed, Axolo sends a notification to the relevant Microsoft Teams channel. This ensures that your team can react promptly to any changes, making the code review process faster and more efficient.

Axolo User Experiences

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Richard M.Richard M.

We no longer need to cut and paste MR URLs into Slack manually. Axolo also reduces button-clicking in the GitLab UI, because Slack can be used to assign a Reviewer and also Approve an MR. We no longer need to watch for email notifications and context-switch to the GitLab UI to have the discussion -- Axolo automatically opens (and archives) a channel dedicated to the MR discussion.

TylerTyler

Code quality has improved, engineers have a better understanding of what their colleagues are working on, and code is getting shipped much faster. Time from pull request open to review to merge is WAY faster, and engagement with reviews is much higher for our team. Axolo's team is also unbelievably fast in resolving issues when we run into them. Pleasure to work with them.

JacobJacob

Axolo is an incredible tool for connecting PRs with our everyday engineering discussion on Slack. It integrates seamlessly and makes it so as a manager, I never lose track of my engineers' work. For my engineers, it allows them to collaborate without losing a thread in different contexts. Overall it keeps us moving swiftly throughout the sprint and continuously reviewing and merging code!

2. Official GitHub Microsoft integrations.

For those already familiar with GitHub's native integration with Microsoft Teams, you'll find that it offers a robust set of features designed to enhance team communication and collaboration.

😍 What we like:

  • Direct code display in Teams enhances real-time collaboration.
  • High customization options let you tailor notifications to your needs, and the well-documented integration simplifies this process.
  • Direct support from the GitHub team adds an extra layer of reliability.

πŸ€” What we don't like:

  • Initial setup can be time-consuming and somewhat confusing.
  • Manual subscription to each repository is required, which can be cumbersome for teams managing multiple repositories.
  • No collaborative feature in this integration, it's a notification bot.

Main Features of the Official GitHub Microsoft Teams Integration

Stay Updated on the Latest in One Repository Channel

By using the @github subscribe [repository name] command within Microsoft Teams, you can receive real-time updates on various GitHub activities such as new commits, pull requests, issues, status updates, comments, and code reviews. This eliminates the need for constant context-switching between GitHub and Microsoft Teams, allowing you to focus more on your work.

Move from Conversation to Next Steps

One of the standout features is the ability to turn Microsoft Teams discussions into actionable GitHub tasks. With threading support for pull request and issue notifications, the context is retained, making collaboration more efficient. Supported actions include opening a new issue, closing and reopening existing issues, and commenting on issues and pull requests.

When you share GitHub links in your Microsoft Teams channel, detailed previews are automatically generated. This feature supports a variety of GitHub activities and properties, including pull requests, issues, comments, code snippets, repositories, and even accounts or organizations. Since this is an official integration there are cool features you will not see in another type of reminder bots, such as displaying code directly in Teams.

GitHub Teams Integration Screenshot

GitHub Teams Integration Screenshot

3. Automate.io and Zapier

😍 What we like:

It's easy to set up custom workflow for individuals or for a specific channel, especially if you already have Zapier / or Automate.io.

πŸ€” What we don't like:

The lack of GitHub actions and deployments notifications. Also the integration are basic and probably won't be enough to fit all your needs.

Automate.io Screenshot
GitHub Teams Integration Screenshot

Conclusion

We've explored three distinct GitHub and Microsoft Teams integrations, each offering unique approaches to streamlining pull requests and enhancing team engagement. Broadly, these integrations fall into two categories:

1. Event-Driven Notification Bots:

Solutions like Zapier and the official GitHub Teams integration primarily serve as notification bots, alerting you or a designated channel when a pull request is up for review.

2. Comprehensive Collaboration Platforms:

Axolo leads the pack here. Beyond just notifications, Axolo establishes dedicated channels for each pull request, facilitating focused discussions and quicker resolutions during code reviews.

Companies leveraging Axolo have reported more efficient collaboration and faster pull request closures. Interested? Click here to try the Axolo GitHub Microsoft Teams integration.

And if you want to learn more how Axolo could improve your review time, see how Agency Analytics reduced their review time by 64% with Axolo.