Grant McWhirter
2 minute read

Microsoft are introducing three new SharePoint team site templates dedicated to helping you create sites for your IT helpdesk, crisis communication team, and new employee onboarding team. These site templates will help you expand what’s possible with content, pages, and web parts while helping you quickly get started building your own site. Each template contains pre-populated content and web parts that are fully customizable to meet the needs of your organization.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 93423

When this will happen

Targeted Release: rollout will begin in early August and is expected to be completed in late August.

Standard Release: rollout will begin in early September and is expected be completed in late September.

How this will affect your organization

Users will be able to benefit from the ability to browse, preview, and apply site templates to a new or existing SharePoint site. Users can select a site template that meets organizational business objectives and best fits the site goal while ensuring a higher level of consistency throughout their organization. They can then review pre-populated content and customize the site to address their needs.

Note: This feature will be on by default with no admin control.

New Team site templates will include:  

  • Crisis communication team – Centralize crisis communication, resources, and best practices
  • IT help desk – Resolve technical requests, track devices, and share training materials
  • New employee onboarding team – Guide new employees through your team’s onboarding process

To apply a template to an existing site: users can choose to browse site templates and can apply a template to an existing site at any time by accessing the template gallery from Site Settings and then select Apply a site template.

To apply a template to a new site: If a site owner is visiting their new site for the first time, they may see a message asking if they want to use a template that will then take them to the template gallery. Choose desired template.

Grant McWhirter

Grant McWhirter

Managing Director
Grant is the founder and Principal Consultant at Digital First. Having started his first company at 21 he thrives on the use of digital technology to help improve the way in which business delivery products and services to customers. He takes an entrepreneurial approach to his work and an advocate of new technology. Grant has worked across multiple sectors including government, retail, SMB and corporate organisations and is particularly interesting in high level digital strategy and the transformation of businesses.