.dot and xlt files have been around since the early days of office. Simply working in a team space doesn't make these any less useful.
As a team, you might all want to work to a standard precedent but teams doesn't currently support any of the MS Office template files. I've seen plenty of different workarounds, but just being able to run a .dotx or .xltx file directly from teams, which then creates a new, blank, unnamed document isn't possible.
Please add the support / functionality around template files.
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It would be great to see this as an integration with TurnItIn - It is a platform already heavily used in education and has the benefit of having already been used and therefore had it's plagarism database built on for many years. This would probably be a better solution than trying to build a home-grown solution, since you'd be starting that collection process all over again with new submissions.
The advantage with turnitin is that it is a originality checker too.
We also use TurnItIn.com and their feedback studio product. For MS teams to be taken seriously as a means of submitting assignments, we really must have the ability to integrate with services like Turn It In - the functionality around marking and offering feedback is a great start, but I can see this limiting adoption.
It might be tempting to create your own plagarism checker too, but the benefit to services which already exist is that they have built up a portfolio of prior student works, so therefore have something to check against.
If the plugin were available, I think it's important that for each and every assignment, you have the ability to choose whether the plugin / plagarism checker is used or not.
I think for teams to really find a place for teachers / tutors, it has to integrate with some of their current workflows A turnitin plagairism checker within the assignments section of teams would be a great addition to the product.