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Microsoft is soon introducing new templates for creating teams in MS Teams. Team templates are pre-built definitions of a team’s structure designed around a business need or project.

Initially, Microsoft will provide 13 base templates based on tasks like managing a project, promoting an event, or coordinating incident responses. The base templates have a predefined team structure with set channels, tabs, and apps; they can be duplicated but not edited.

Currently, a team has many capabilities and most of these are supported by team templates but not all. Below I share what capabilities these templates do and do not support.

Supported capabilities

a. Base template type
b. Team name
c. Team description
d. Team visibility (public or private)
e. Team settings (e.g., member, guest, @mentions)
f. Auto-favorite channel
g. Installed app
h. Pinned tabs

Not supported capabilities

a. Team membership
b. Team Picture
c. Channel settings
d. Connectors
e. Files and content

The remaining capabilities will be added to the templates in future updates.

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New templates and their properties

Microsoft created templates based on specific industry needs.  These templates include priority apps that are available on the app source. Initially, Microsoft will publish 13 templates spanning key business scenarios and industries so users can get more from using Teams.

It will be possible to extend or override certain special templates with additional properties based on your specific needs. However, some base template types contain properties that can’t be changed.

The following are the templates and their properties.

Template type Properties that come with this base template
Adopt Office 365
    Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Champions corner
  • Team forms
    Apps:
  • Wiki
  • Calendar
Manage a project
    Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Resources
  • Planning
    Apps:
  • Wiki
  • OneNote
Manage an event
    Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Budget
  • Content
  • Logistics
  • Planning
  • Marketing and PR
    Apps:
  • Wiki
  • Website
  • YouTube
  • Planner
  • OneNote
Onboard employees
    Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Employee chat
  • Training
    Apps:
  • Wiki
  • Communities
Organize help desk
    Channels:
  • Announcements
  • FAQ
    Apps:
  • Wiki
  • OneNote
Collaborate on patient care
    Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Huddles
  • Rounds
  • Staffing
  • Training
    Apps:
  • Wiki
Collaborate on global crisis or event
    Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • World news
  • Business continuity
  • Remote working
  • Internal comms
  • External comms
  • Customer complaints
  • Kudos
  • Executive update
    Apps:
  • Praise
  • Wiki
  • Website
Collaborate within a bank branch
    Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Huddles
  • Customer meetings
  • Coaching
  • Skills development
  • Loan processing
  • Customer complaints
  • Kudos
  • Fun stuff
  • Compliance
Coordinate incident response
    Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Logistics
  • Planning
  • Recovery
  • Urgent
    Apps:
  • Wiki
  • Excel
  • OneNote
  • SharePoint
  • Planner
Hospital
    Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Compliance
  • Custodial/li>
  • Human resources
  • Pharmacy
    Apps:
  • Wiki
Organize a store
    Channels:
  • General
  • Shift handoff
  • Learning
    Apps:
  • Wiki
Quality and safety
    Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Line 1
  • Line 2
  • Line 3
  • Safety
  • Training
  • Maintenance
  • Fun stuff
    Apps:
  • Wiki
Retail – manager collaboration
    Channels:
  • General
  • Operations
  • Learning
    Apps:
  • Wiki

Template limitations

Team templates have some limitations in terms of channels, tabs, and apps.

Feature Limit
Channels per template 15
Tabs per channel in a template 20
Apps per template 50

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How to create a team from templates

  1. Click on Teams from the left navigation on your MS Teams client.
how to create a team in Microsoft Teams

2. At the bottom of the teams’ list, click Join, or create a team.

Join Team in Microsoft Teams

3. Now, click on the ‘Create a team’

Join or Create Team in MS Team

Note: If you don’t see the Create a new team option, you may not have the necessary permissions to create your teams.

4. A new window will pop up, select any template under ‘Select from template’. As you can see below, we selected the ‘Contoso Events Management’ template.

Select From Template in MS Teams

5. Once you select the template, it shows you the team templates’ structure (channels and apps).

Manage Event In MS Teams

6. You can customize the team name, description, and channel names in a template.

Details of MS Teams

7. After you create the team, users receive guidance on how to best use and further customize the team. Each template comes with its instruction manual.


Customize MS Teams

When this will be released?

Microsoft will begin rolling this out in the first week of October. They expect to finish the rollout by the end of October.

Final Thoughts

Microsoft Teams is a great platform to collaborate with everyone in your organization. The new templates provide a basic structure for a team for those who are not sure how to get the most out of this platform.

If you have any questions about the Teams templates or any other aspect of implementing Teams for your organization, contact us today for a free consultation.