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 at Ignite, it is impossible to truly recap the entire event […]

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 made in the last time slot, on the last […]

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 regarding SharePoint 2016, I highly recommend you read the post, but there a few points […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 may work with any backend technology, but I only […]

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 while the seattle master page does not even attempt to hide the ribbon. I […]

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 /_layouts/15/images/spcommon.png?rev=23. Learn how to replace the sprite using a Composed Look. Properties: method: Filling, Tinting, Blending detach: […]

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 favorite developer toolbar, drill into the DOM, find the style that is providing […]

SharePoint 2013 – Animated Hiding Ribbon

This is part three of my series on modifying the SharePoint 2013 suite bar and ribbon in a safe and SharePoint friendly manner. Part one: “Collapse the Suite Bar and Ribbon to One Line” Part two: “On Demanding Hiding the Suite Bar and Ribbon” In part three, I will extend my previous post that investigated […]