SharePoint 2016 Preview and Version 16 Branding Elements

About once every three years we SharePoint geeks get an odd kind of gift that we get in an odd kind of digital package. Just like a child waiting for days, weeks or more, looking at that shiny new gift under the Christmas tree, we eagerly await the next version of SharePoint. Remember when we were young kids, we didn’t really know when the big day would come but when it did, we eagerly ripped the packaging off and as quick as possible tore the nice new toy apart to figure out how it ticked. A toy that lasted five minutes was a rare toy indeed. Each new version of SharePoint reminds me of … [Continue reading]

SharePoint 2016 Preview Released – A First Look at Branding

Exciting news on the SharePoint 2016 front, Microsoft announced the availability of the public preview for SharePoint 2016 yesterday. Check out Bill Baer’s post on the Office 365 blogs regarding the release including where you can go to download the preview if you want to learn more. Wait, why should you need the download link? You mean you haven't been refreshing the Office 365 blog every hour over the last week, eagerly awaiting the latest news? Then you didn’t stay up all last night installing the Preview and digging into all of the nuts and bolts of the next version of SharePoint? Ah, … [Continue reading]

Content Query Webpart Hacks – Reference the ItemStyle in ContentQueryMain

Let's look at another Content Query Webpart (CBQ) hack, following up on my previous post on a CBQ method to access the webpart title in your XSLT. As before, this next hack will also work in SharePoint Online, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2010 (and 2007 for the truly brave souls). One of my pet peeves with the Content Query Webpart has to be that all query results are encapsulated in a similar div with a unique id based on the client id (this changes though too often to target) and a common class, ".cbq-layout-main". More often than not, my projects require styling specific CBQ … [Continue reading]

Way Back Machine – Content Query Webpart Hacks – Reference the Webpart Title in a XSL Style Sheet

Content search in SharePoint Online (and SharePoint 2013) is powerful and all, but sometimes the good-old Content Query Webpart (CBQ) is much easier and quicker to configure, and even customize (sometimes), for certain types of content rollups. Or possibly there are other search restrictions that require a specific project to revert to the trusted CBQ. Yes, Content Search and Display Templates have been getting all of the attention, but I have found a few CBQ hacks that I want to share. Let's not also forget those still stuck in the past (I am looking at you 2007 and 2010 users). A Quick … [Continue reading]

Join Me at European SharePoint Conference 2015

ESPC15-Programme

In case you missed it, the European SharePoint Conference 2015 program is now available and I'm excited to announce that I am speaking at Europe's largest SharePoint and Office 365 event in Stockholm Sweden from 9th-12th November 2015. This is my … [Continue reading]

Ignite 2015 Yammer Sessions

All things Yammer were discussed at Microsoft Ignite 2015 in Chicago, not to mention my session on Socializing SharePoint I presented with Naomi Moneypenny. In case you missed this session, it is now available on Channel 9 which you may stream now. … [Continue reading]

Ignite 2015 – My Thoughts and Highlights, or What I Don’t Want to Forget Just Yet

The first Microsoft Ignite conference was huge to say the least. The count I last heard was just over 26,000 people converged in Chicago for almost a week to discuss, learn and digest a confluence of Microsoft technologies. There was so much going on … [Continue reading]

Ignite 2015 Announcement – There will be no SharePoint Designer 2016

Does SharePoint 2016 need "Don't Panic" in large friendly letters on its cover? Based on a few recent, panic driven conversation I’ve had with others, it may help. As far as I can tell, a bombshell of an announcement, if it could be called that, was … [Continue reading]

SharePoint 2016 Roadmap Update Announcement

Big news today coming from Microsoft on SharePoint 2016. Seth Patton, Senior Director of Product Management for the SharePoint Team, provided us an update on SharePoint 2016 at the Office Blogs. If you are interested in what Microsoft has released … [Continue reading]

SharePoint Yammer App and Webpart End-of-Life Announced

Last week Microsoft announced it will be deprecating two of its Yammer features for integrating Yammer into SharePoint 2010 and 2013. Microsoft announced they are deprecating the Yammer App on September 15th, 2015, you SharePoint 2013 / SharePoint … [Continue reading]