Create Team from existing SharePoint site, and other requests
#1 User Request on SharePoint:
Enable integration of Microsoft Teams to an existing SharePoint site rather than to always create a new site collection
There have been a few ideas raised on integrating lists, OneNote, document libraries, etc. from an existing SharePoint site with Microsoft Teams, but in summary, it will be best if we could create a team upon on existing site, so that the "Files" and "Notes" tabs would directly reference the existing document library and OneNote in SharePoint. It does not make sense to have two separate sites: one for all the usual SharePoint stuff, and another just for Microsoft Teams.
#2: Link to Existing SharePoint Sites
Trying to link my Team up to an existing SharePoint site - only seem to be able to link to individual folders rather than the whole document library, meaning that if i want all folders on the Team i need to create multiple tabs to get this. Would be good to link to a whole document library rather than one folder.
#3: Other Asks
Post Team chat to SP microfeed
Connect team sites onenote if available (replace default notes)
Add links to existing document libraries (replace default files)
Add links to existing lists
Add support for SharePoint taxonomy and managed metadata, SharePoint views etc :D
This feature request is working its way through the backlog queue. No new details are available yet.
Kate Imholt commented
As many have pointed out, we have existing SharePoint sites. Teams requires us to create a second site rather than link to the one we already have. Having two sites is bound to create confusion, duplication and extra work.
1) Every Team automatically gets a sharepoint library. Currently I can add a new tab with the sharepoint site I want to link it to. But then there will be multiple sites associated with the team now. An ability to turn off the default team will be appreciated.
2) Ability to point each channel to a particular folder in the sharepoint library.
Matthew Parowski commented
My company provisions new SharePoint site collections (based on "SharePoint Team Sites"--not "Team SharePoint Sites") for each of our field offices using a standard set of 15 document libraries that are used to ensure that different categories of files are accessible to the right subsets of staff in each of our field offices. What we are looking for is the ability to add the Teams conversations/collaboration front-end to that existing SharePoint site collection. It would be fine if the Teams/Groups infrastructure also added a new document library for "Teams"-related files, but we have a governance structure around our SharePoint document libraries (15 of them) that we have a strong need to preserve. The single Teams site lacks sufficient corporate visibility or governance for our needs, but the collaboration features for the subset of staff who use a site are outstanding and in high demand. We are currently in a position where these groups are creating team sites on their own and then neglecting the governed SharePoint site, which creates huge audit and compliance liabilities for my company down the road, and/or a governance nightmare where we are constantly trying to force people to save files in one place and collaborate in another. The best work-around we have found so far is to create a Tab in Teams for the SharePoint site, which then shows up in an iFrame. This is tolerable, but a tighter integration would be so much more attractive.
Would be helpful to have the sharepoint tab show the homepage of the sharepoint site, not just a document library.
Suphatra, Our company uses classic sharepoint sites extensively. In order for us to start using teams we would need to be able to link a team to our existing sites. This includes the Documents and OneNote. We can not be expected to migrate these items to a new structure. We do not want the new onenote book or document library that is created with the team at all. We need a way to remove those and put our existing content in their place.
Hi there, thanks for picking it up !
My scenario is:
1. I create a new Team. what happens: a sharepoint site is being created in background. To store all the files notes and stuff from that team. right ?
2. BUT, - I have another site already, dealing with same subject, created in the past. It already has notebook, doclib, all the objects needed in Teams.
3. What I want is to be able to have this old site underlying my new Teams rather than using new one. OR, an option to switch them. I just dont want to end up with 2 sites.
Having said this, I do know about the option of embedding doclibs from other site in Teams, - thats very good, but not perfect.
Maybe some kind of migration tool would help.
Gerry McDaid commented
I agree teams would be much better if it where like a Hub for O365 everything in one place.Teams,Planner,mail,cal
Right now you can easily connect to SharePoint document libraries in every location but the top-level SharePoint site. Teams states that these files can't be displayed when the libraries are added as tabs.
Fernando Calix commented
allow to attach a document from sharepoint through the chat general of the team
Currently when I do a search selecting "Everything" from a non-Teams SharePoint site, no Teams document data is returned. The only SharePoint search that does return Teams document data is a search from within that specific Team SharePoint site.
I would like to use the SharePoint tenant Search Center to allow the user to search all sites within the tenant (including Team SharePoint sites).
Please fix this? Also, WHY are you using uservoice when you have products that can do discussion board/forums that you own?
A SharePoint discussion board can already be added as a tab with the website feature. But proper integration could make it even better.
For example this could mean that there is a message posted in the chat when a new discussion is started or you could get notifications from teams when a new reply is posted. You could also have the option to select a message chain and "promote" it to a discussion.
Moving some conversations to discussions would help reduce clutter in the main chat and could give you an easier way of browsing older large conversations.
Pin sharepoint folder as a tab
Derek M commented
It would be great if Sharepoint could add team listings to the navigation as if it were a normal Site that was created.
I need this: Add links to existing document libraries (replace default files)
I want to be able to connect to my own SharePoint folder, instead of the default folder that is created.
Arden Shackelford commented
I can't ask for this enough...
Essential for our company as well. We have SharePoint lists that support business processes and there isn't an easy way to navigate from Teams to the Group's SharePoint Site. We need deeper connection with SharePoint content including webpart pages and lists. Would like to be able to create tabs for them.
Metadata integration please !
Indeed. If I have a site for Team collaboration now and Create a Team for same purpose, I end up having 2 sites: one is initially created and one is MSTeams->O365Group->SiteCollection. Any chance to merge those ?
Steven Wong commented
This should not be marked complete. This is not what the suggestion is.
You should be able to pick an existing SharePoint Site to extend "Team" Functionality around. Right now a NEW Sharepoint SiteCOLLECTION is created for each Team. It would be way more useful to let the admin pick which Site (in an existing site collection) to extend with "Team" functionality.