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SharePoint Online Team Sites Gets Deeper Integration with Office 365 Groups

SharePoint integrates more deeply today with Office 365 Groups to help users communicate and share ideas more better with team pages.

Probably the most exciting announcement, the company said, to address growing needs of team sites, storage limit for SharePoint Online site in the coming weeks will raise from 1 TB to 25 TB, with immediately reflected in official SharePoint Online boundaries and limits article.

As a result, Office 365 customers will be able to use new capabilities in SharePoint Online’s team sites with closer integration with Office 365 Groups.

The new home page of a SharePoint Online modern team site now offer immediate visibility into site activity and important documents, with quick access to Office 365 Groups, its members and associated Office 365 apps.

The company said, it also plan to add support for customizing the home page using modern development techniques. “Existing customized home pages will remain in classic mode.”

home page of a SharePoint Online modern team site

Modern team site publishing pages are easily created in browser or or from within the SharePoint app, when you click New within a SharePoint Online team site.

SharePoint pages are built with web parts, and support customization. Users can click the + sign and pick a web part from toolbox to add documents, videos, images, site activities, Yammer feeds and more.

And, using new “highlighted content” web part you can set criteria, which will dynamically populate your specific content in that area of the page.

Also, with SharePoint Framework, developers can build custom web parts that shows up right in the toolbox.

lick New within a SharePoint Online team site to publish team site pages

With each team site, a new Office 365 group would also be created. Each new Groups will automatically get a modern SharePoint team site in addition to a shared inbox, calendar, OneNote Notebook and a task management planner.

You can see members of the site, if the site is listed as public or private.

In addition, all existing Office 365 groups will be updated with their own team site. Each group gets a modern home page as well—with the ability to create additional pages—document libraries, lists and business apps.

With that, Groups members within the team site will have access to features such as a Home page, Quick links, and a list of recent Activities.

The Activity section surfaces recent actions on files, lists, pages and more.

Team site also includes all updates made to SharePoint including modern lists and support for Microsoft Flow and PowerApps, modern document libraries and updated site contents page.

Finally, managing modern team sites also now aligns with Office 365 Groups administration. However, some site administration tasks like [storage quota or ability to adhere to a custom site provisioning experience if desired], still rely on SharePoint Online admin center.

The enhancements will begin rolling out to Office 365 First Release customers next week.

new SharePoint Online team site home page for an Office 365 group

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