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 Online folks have been using. The Yammer Web Part has a slightly longer life span but will none the less be discontinued on March 15th, 2016. Microsoft will be looking to focus its support around Yammer Embed which makes sense as this provides a cross-platform integration strategy not too unlike how we integrate other social platforms onto our … [Continue reading]

Join Me At Ignite 2015 – My Session on Yammer and SharePoint Integration

I’m very excited to announce that I have been selected as a speaker at the first ever Microsoft Ignite. Ignite 2015, which is being held from May 4 to May 8 in Chicago, IL, is Microsoft's new joint technology conference, bringing together Microsoft Exchange, Lync, Project, SharePoint, MMS, and TechEd. Ignite will feature some of the best from cloud infrastructure and management, productivity, big data and the internet of things, unified communications, mobility and more. With currently over 617 sessions and workshops, you can guarantee there will be something for everyone. My topic for this … [Continue reading]

Upcoming Northern California 2015 SharePoint Saturdays

This week is an exciting week for the Northern California SharePoint Community, as both SharePoint Saturday Silicon Valley 2015 and SharePoint Saturday Sacramento 2015 have been officially announced. I am proud to once again be a part of both events and look forward to working with the local SharePoint communities to make each event a valuable experience for all involved. We are all working diligently to make both of these free events full of great sessions that will include SharePoint experts, MVPs and MCMs. SharePoint Saturday Silicon Valley 2015 will take place May 30th at the Microsoft … [Continue reading]

Office 365 / SharePoint Online Public Facing Websites – A Path Forward

I recently penned an article for SPTechCon commenting on Microsoft ending public facing sites for SharePoint Online and Office 365 (SPO/O365). At the time I wrote the article Microsoft had recommended 3rd party solution, yet had not endorsed any specific replacement solution. Two days after my article Microsoft endorsed two 3rd party vendors. Thanks to Scot Hillier and Todd Baginski for pointing me to Microsoft’s updated knowledge base article. I would like to take a moment to review the recommended solutions, shedding some light on potential paths forward. In a nut shell, Microsoft had … [Continue reading]

Heading to Austin – SPTechCon Austin 2015

The first ever SPTechCon Austin is less than two weeks away! January has definitely flown by but I’m looking forward to getting out of California for a few days. I'm always happy to be involved in the SharePoint community, especially through … [Continue reading]

SharePoint App and I “MEAN” It


This week at SharePoint Fest Chicago I will be unveiling a new and much awaited for session, SharePoint Apps and I “MEAN” It. I choose to do this session because there has been quite a bit of talk about how the provider hosted SharePoint App model … [Continue reading]

Hide the SharePoint Online Ribbon for Anonymous Users

Essentially all public facing SharePoint sites, including those hosted on SharePoint Online or on-prem SharePoint 2013, require a method to hide the suite bar / ribbon for anonymous users. The SharePoint Online oslo master page does an OK job of this … [Continue reading]

SharePoint 2013 spcommon.png Sprite Breakdown

The following is a breakdown of the rectangle coordinates for each sprite found in SharePoint 2013's spcommon.png sprite. This sprite is found in the hive, or can be loaded in a browser on any SharePoint 2013 site at … [Continue reading]

Use SharePoint Online Composed Looks and Theming Engine to Brand spcommon.png


I want to share with you the right way to update the color palette of SharePoint Online (and SharePoint 2013) out-of-the-box (OOTB) icons, in particular those found in the suite bar and ribbon. Your first inclination may be to break open your … [Continue reading]

Fall 2014 Schedule of Participation

After a nice summer break from a slew of SharePoint community events, it is time for the fall season to pick up in full swing. I am thankful to have the opportunity to attend and present at the following events this fall and look forward to talking … [Continue reading]