SharePoint Online Team Sites and Office 365 Groups are altogether now

Just in case if you missed it, there was a major announcement yesterday from Office 365 Product team relating to new capabilities in SharePoint Online team sites including integration with Office 365 Groups.

All the changes described below will be rolling out next week to Office 365 First Release program users.

Office 365 Groups + SharePoint Online team sites = Just Married!
Office 365 Groups as we know it today gives us a shared inbox, calendar, OneNote notebook, a Planner for task management and connector.

The new addition to Office 365 Group is a full-blown SharePoint team site with a modern home page and the ability to create additional pages such as document libraries, lists and business apps.

  • When new team site is created (public or private), a new Office 365 group membership will be created.
  • All existing Office 365 groups will be updated with their own SharePoint Online team site.
  • Once the rollout is complete for your Office 365 tenant, all newly created groups will get a team site by default.
  • SharePoint Online team site home page also provides quick access to the group’s Outlook conversations.
  • Office 365 Group card with navigation links to more of the group’s calendar, files, etc. appear when clicking on the name of team site.

Some of the key SharePoint Online enhancements include:

  • The new 25 TB site collection limit will begin rolling out next week and is expected to be rolled out to all Office 365 customers worldwide within one month.
  • Home page of a SharePoint Online modern team site gives you immediate visibility into site activity and important documents, with quick access to Office 365 Groups, its members and associated Office 365 apps.
  • Responsive team site making pages user friendly on any device.
  • Ability to create team site publishing pages in your browser when you click New within a SharePoint Online team site.
  • Clicking the + sign enables the user to pick a web part from the toolbox to add content on page – i.e. add documents, videos, images, site activities, Yammer feeds and more.
    Clearly, for organisations who have leveraged the use of Office 365 Groups as well as SharePoint Online team sites need to evaluate their current landscape of how above changes will impact their information management strategy and no doubt reorganising content will be an opportunity for administrators to balance the existing Office 365 Groups and SharePoint Online team site deployments.

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Chirag is an Independent Consultant at Patel Consulting, BCS Chartered IT Professional, TOGAF Certified Architect, Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (Productivity, Data Management and Analytics) and Microsoft Service Adoption specialist based in London, UK with more than 20 years of industry experience. He works with a wide variety of clients in many sectors, designing and implementing business collaboration, data and information management solutions and services based on SharePoint and Office 365 technologies to create business value for both themselves and their customers, including UK Microsoft Gold Partners with deployment, upgrade and migration services delivery. Chirag is an active SharePoint community participant, frequent speaker at local and international events including SharePoint Saturdays (London, Cambridge, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, UK, EMEA, India) and Collab365. In 2011, for his valuable contributions to Microsoft TechNet forums he received a Microsoft Community Contributor Award. In his little spare time he enjoys cycling, cricket and participating in Charity bike rides and Duathlons. You can follow Chirag on Twitter at @techChirag and find him online at

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One comment on “SharePoint Online Team Sites and Office 365 Groups are altogether now
  1. […] view of last week’s announcement with the tight integration of SharePoint Online team site and Office 365 Groups, there is a long thread of discussion by Mark Kashman with some great questions at Office 365 […]

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