The SharePoint home site app for Microsoft Teams

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During Microsoft Ignite 2020, Microsoft announced the new home site app for Microsoft Teams. The app gives employees a gateway to your organisation, starting with the app’s name and icon, which you can customise to reflect the identity of your organisation or your intranet. The app’s multi-level navigation lets people find sites across the organisation, including portals, teams, communities and application.

This blog gives you a great first look at the app, an on-demand video session packed with demos and a set of common questions and answers below.

Home Site app Teams

The home site app for teams brings the power of your SharePoint-based intranet home site seamlessly into Microsoft Teams.

Bring the power of your SharePoint-based intranet home site directly into Microsoft Teams – seamlessly. The home site app in Teams gives your users global navigation across sites, communities, and teams; quick access to sites they use regularly; and a personalised news feed.

Many questions have been asked for additional information. As part of Ignite Microsoft have produced an on-demand video focused on the new home site app in Teams – showcasing how it works and the value of empowering users to discover, consume and collaborate on content like never before.

“Living in Teams? Now, so does your intranet!”

Home site app in Teams – frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Q: Can any site be pinned as a Home site app in Teams?
A: Communication sites designated as Home Sites are eligible for pinning in Teams as the Home site app using our default configuration flow.

Q: Where are global navigation links curated?
A: Links for global navigation are managed through the home site, by home site owners, freeing global admins from having to play the role of curator.

Q: Can my classic site be pinned in Teams?
A: Only home sites are eligible to be pinned as the home site app in Teams with our default configuration flow. Home sites must be modern SharePoint communication sites.

Q: What is the difference between Home site app and Home page pinned as tab?
A: The home site app provides organisations to pin company branded entry point to their intranet as a top level app in Teams. It provides an immersive site consumption experience, complete with navigation, mega-menus and support for tenant wide search. It also provides quick access to company curated resources, important sites and news similar to those provided by the SharePoint App Bar in the web. Home pages (or any other SharePoint pages) pinned as tabs in Channels provide ways to bring content directly into Team collaboration scenarios, and these pages have navigation and search elements removed to facilitate focus on the page content itself.

Q: Do I need a Home site app for the Global navigation to show up in Teams?
A: Yes, the global navigation links are stored in the home site of a tenant, and is required in order for the navigation panel to appear in the home site app in Teams

Q: Can a SharePoint team site be a Home site?
A: No. Only communication sites can be made a Home site in a tenant.

Adepteq use Teams ourselves and have successfully planned, deployed, trained on and are supporting Microsoft Teams with many of our clients. 

If you would like to know more about Microsoft Teams or SharePoint, or would like to to discuss how Microsoft Teams Apps can improve your communication and collaboration, then please contact us or call 0800 6444 365.