Microsoft 365: Build 2021 and More
Joel Rollins

Microsoft 365: Build 2021 and More

Microsoft Build 2021: Build It and They Will Come

Microsoft Build is happening once again this year. Just like Microsoft Build 2020, the Build conference will be a virtual event that anyone can attend. This is the event where Microsoft usually focuses on developers, announcing new tools and APIs that help make apps for all of its products, including the Microsoft Surface PCs.
Microsoft Build 2021 is happening May 25 - 27 and will be a free virtual event. This event s usually where Microsoft announces new developer tools, services, and other announcements around building apps and services for Windows, Azure, Teams, and more.

The official speaker lineup includes:
  • Satya Nadella – CEO Microsoft
  • Amanda Silver – CVP of Product, Developer Tools
  • Donovan Brown – Partner Program Manager
  • Kayla Cinnamon – Program Manager
  • Scott Gutherie – EVP, Cloud and AI Group
  • Leslie Richardson – Program Manager II VS and .Net
  • Scott Hanselman – Partner Program Manager
  • Jeff Teper – CVP – Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint
  • Anna Hoffman – Data & Applied Scientist
  • Rajesh Jha – EVP, Experiences + Devi
  • Kevin Scott - CTO
Microsoft Build 2021 registration is officially open
New SharePoint Site Templates

Microsoft has created new site template to make it even easier to begin a new site build on the right foot. SharePoint site templates are flexible enough to address a variety of needs, make it easy to create and populate site content, and show you what’s possible. These complement those found in the SharePoint lookbook, which is a great source of inspiration for building modern SharePoint sites.
SharePoint site builders can take advantage of the following SharePoint site templates:

Communication site templates
  • Department - Engage and connect viewers with departmental news and resources.
  • Leadership connection - Build community by connecting leadership and team members.
  • Learning central – Showcase learning and training opportunities.
  • New employee onboarding - Streamline and refine new hire onboarding process.
Team site templates
Event planning - Coordinate and plan event details with your team.
Project management - Create a collaboration space for your project team.
Training and courses - Prepare course participants for learning opportunities.
Training and development team - Plan opportunities to help others learn and grow.
SharePoint site templates will be automatically available in SharePoint tenants and can be applied by users with site owner permissions or higher. When you create a new site, you will be asked if you’d like to use a template. Select Browse templates to see Microsoft templates and templates from your organization. Or apply a template to an existing site by navigating to Settings and then select Apply a site template.