Getting Ready for Microsoft Ignite 2018

We are only 3 days way of the biggest Microsoft event dedicated to the Tech Community and if you are attending this article is for you.

With so many things going on it can be overwhelming specially for first time attendees. This will be my 4th Ignite and based on my experience from previous years I’ll share with you a few tips and tricks to make it a smooth ride.

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SharePoint branding in 2018 – What are the available options?

SharePoint branding is one of the most controversial subjects on SharePoint world. There are pros and cons of doing it and there are several different ways to apply your brand to SharePoint as explained in this article.

Branding is often used to change the way SharePoint looks like and to make it aligned with the corporate visual identity. Doing this type of customizations can bring extra functionalities to the product and most importantly can increase the user adoption of SharePoint.

Besides all the positive aspects it can also have a negative impact on SharePoint if not done correctly depending on the branding method used you can easily loose default functionalities or even worse break the entire site.

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Create internal newsletters using SharePoint News

Communication is the key to build a successful team, and the SharePoint folks responsible for the modern sites know it well, month after month we continue to be presented with new features to enrich the communication and collaboration between teams.

Today I bring you the instructions on how to create an Internal newsletter without effort using only what SharePoint provides by default.

The SharePoint News web part provides an easy way to quickly create eye catching content that you can use to engage your audience and keep everyone in the loop.

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What’s new for SharePoint before Microsoft Ignite 2018

I usually write this type of articles after major SharePoint events but there are a couple new features being released on SharePoint Online that caught my eye during the Summer.

Because of that I’ve decided to do this one when we are one month away from Microsoft Ignite where a lot of new features are expected to be announced.

Microsoft Ignite

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HANDS ON SharePoint YouTube channel

After a few months planning it today I’ve finally got the first video ready to be released on the latest HANDS ON SharePoint project.

The YouTube channel will be a complement to the articles and projects posted in the blog and every now and then you might see me in a vlog style talking about the latest SharePoint news/features.

You are invited to watch the first video where the Page Comment Notifications for modern SharePoint is explained in detail, and to subscribe to be aware of future updates

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Change favicon on Modern SharePoint sites

Favicons are associated to a website and are used to easily identify it from the address bar or bookmarks.

Changing the SharePoint default favicon on classic SharePoint usually involves a modification of the master page as explained here, this option is not available on modern sites but it’s still possible to modify it using an Application Customizer.

In this article you will find detailed instructions on how to create the application customizer as well as the final solution ready to be installed on your system.

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Download ICS files from SharePoint calendars

The other day while playing with SharePoint modern Events web part with my colleague Francisca Peixoto we realized that it includes a feature to download an ICS file to then be added to an Outlook calendar.

This discovery also reminded me that I once started a project to provide this exact same functionality on classic SharePoint calendars but never finished it.

After spending a while searching for the code I finally found it, finished the project and I’m sharing it with all of you guys in this article.

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Receive comment notifications by email in Modern SharePoint Pages

Manage comments on modern page is not easy specially if you are monitoring a lot of pages, this is a lack of functionality that I’m sure Microsoft will address in future updates.

I was challenged a couple times to try to build a solution to get notifications on new comments in modern pages, after a few tries I was able to put together a solution that notifies the owner of the page when a new comment is posted.

The solution is composed by an SPFx extension that is used to trigger the check on new comments, a modified page library with two extra columns and a Flow that ultimately sends the email.

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Customize SharePoint menus with Fabric UI icons and images

Today I’m revisiting one of the first articles and customizations I did for SharePoint, a couple years ago I wrote a custom script to personalize SharePoint menu with icons using Font Awesome.

My previous solution was not easy to setup and had a few dependencies that might not work for all users, to overcome this I’ve decided to write a new version that automates the entire process and provides interfaces to manage the icons.

Since the release of the first solution a lot changed on SharePoint and Microsoft provided its own front-end framework, with this in mind I decided to replace Font Awesome by Fabric UI Icons.

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Display news from classic and modern SharePoint using the same web part

News are one of the key elements on any Intranet, with the modern SharePoint Microsoft gave a lot of attention to it and included dedicated web parts and pages to display it, but it wasn’t always like this.

With classic SharePoint was necessary to build the news infrastructure manually because Microsoft didn’t provide dedicated services to it, there are a couple alternatives available like publishing pages, SharePoint blogs and custom lists.

Today I bring you a method that I’ve been using on scenarios where modern and classic experiences are being used at the same time, the idea is to get a central repository that gives you access to the latest published news across both environments.

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