How can we make Microsoft Teams better?

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

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Nathan Berger. Its still here because Microsoft is insistent on creating thousands of site collections. Furthering the SharePoint Governance mess. Teams should be one site collection with subsites for each Team. Site Collection administrators IS NOT a permission level for users.

        A Governance mess doesn't even touch the sides.

      • Iain Hands commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is there any way this could be moved further up the development queue?

        I cannot believe that two mutual technologies that are essentially built on the same platform cannot be linked! We have spent years developing and enhancing our SharePoint sites for project and team working. We are wanting to embrace Teams as we see the benefits of what this offers, however the fact we cannot put a Teams front end onto our existing SharePoint site seems, well frankly, ridiculous!

        Please Microsoft development - fix this one!!

      • Bernard Mariès commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Since Teams and Sharepoint are supposedly parts of the same O365 universe, they can not and should not be isolated one from another. That in the current state, Teams automatically generates its own sharepoint, whithout letting users choose to connect existing ones, AND that it is not possible to generate a Team page from an existing sharepoint is a SHAME ! Hope you guys put that one on top of your desks - should never have happend in the first place. #basicLogic #coherence

      • S. MacLaren commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For reasons of backward compatibility and Office365 transparency, export / import one-way - minimum - into Teams is important for productivity.
        To me, the import of any Sharepoint library should be seamless, and I do not care if it uses a compressed folder. (Meantime the get-around is to simply link the external library with the Team, which works VERY nicely, web app or desktop app). There are advantages in leaving it on the Sharepoint which include not having to add people you do not want in the Team but letting them stick with their existing permissions for the Sharepoint library.

      • istrasci commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm a Scenario A voter. I want the ability to connect a new Team to an existing Sharepoint site.

        > If you are asking for Scenario A, then can you please answer these follow up items:

        > Q1: If we made this possible, then would you expect the SP library to auto-generate channels in accordance to the folder structure? What would you expect to happen if you selected an existing SP site in the team creation process?

        I think an *option* to auto-generate the channels would be fine. Just prompt when creating the Team. I guess when creating a new channel you'd need to check if a folder of the same name already existed in the structure. If so, just link them.

        > Q2: How important is this to you, comparative to other asks in UserVoice? The best way to answer this is giving it a 1 to 10 rank, 1 being this is nice but not vital, 10 being there is no other feature you want more.

        10

        > Q3: Would using the Create Channels API fix this for you, so you could make your own solution?

        That wouldn't be feasible for my organization.

      • Ryan P commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be very helpful. We create sites in SP for projects to track all documents and restrict them to the project team. It would be great to be able to link a Team to an existing site in SP so we can continue to collaborate around existing content and process.

      • Mike Connell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just on boarding Teams and very impressed so far, but need the ability to create a Team from an existing site, so awaiting an update on this!

      • Dipesh Arora commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like the ability to
        1) link an existing Sharepoint site to MS Teams
        2) link a folder inside a document library (not the root of document library) as the default location for uploading files or creating channels

      • Chris Tornato commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How can this be moved to the backlog.

        It is so important to be able to create a team from an existing sharepoint site. With all the changes that occur in office 365. It is easy to go down one path of design and have to make changes later.
        The only way to do the above right now would be to create a team (new) and move all data from an existing sharepoint site. This can break links and also break embedded links in excel as well.

      • Tim bridgham commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        it would be great if a Team site and a SharePoint site could be linked so that when a collaboration idea/document is completed by a team it could be moved up to SharePoint for consumption by a larger audience and indexed by search.

      • Justice commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Would also like an update. Want to be able to share and interact with a Sharepoint list from Teams.

      • Dave Sexton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Any updates since adding the backlog? this is key to getting update to teams in established environments

      • Philipp commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We must not have anything stored on https://xyz.sharepoint.com

        Is there really no way to keep everything said and done in Teams on our local server? Our Sharepoint is hosted locally, that's were Teams should store everything.

      • Paul Jacobs commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Still backlog and no update? I am setting up a new Teams now using the Notebook and Document library from an existing Sharepoint site and totally bummed I have to link it all up manually and have Team go and make a new Sharepoint team site for no reason...

      • [Deleted User] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Viewing SharePoint sites on a web browser is frustrating. It would be convenient to view our SharePoint site using Teams.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Our team has a SharePoint site with multiple lists and libraries. I'd like to be able to at least have a link to our site within the Team application. Currently you can add a tab for a library, but that is not sufficient. I'd just like all of the teams resources to be assessable in one place.

      • Lasse Thomsen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We have over 15000 SharePoint Sub-Sites, each site holds information for 1 project. We also have a long data retention period of 33 years (IP data). Having 15000 teams would properly not be good, but being able to link a "working" team or channel to a project SharePoint site would be brilliant. It would also be very useful for legal reasons to be able to store the persistent chat in the SharePoint project site.

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