Monday, 20 July 2020

Microsoft Teams Bot Framework: Mention a user in an Adaptive Card

Microsoft Teams announced support for Adaptive Cards 1.2 recently. With that, a nifty feature to allow mentioning users in Adaptive Cards posted in Teams was also introduced. This allows us the ability to send a notification to the user and can draw their attention towards the card.

User gets a notification of the mention:

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Other users are able to contact the user directly from the mention in the card:

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In the docs, there is a great example of the JSON we need to send to Teams to post the card containing the mention. So in this post, lets see how we can do this when using the Bot Framework .NET Core SDK:

For this code to work, we will need the following Nuget packages:

Quick note: I noticed that the user mentioned is only notified when the Adaptive card is first created. If you update the same adaptive card later and mention the same user again, they are not notified. This is probably for the best as the Adaptive card might be updated several times and if you got a notification every time, it might be really annoying to the user.

Hope you found this post useful!

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