Transform Stream videos on SharePoint with custom thumbnails

Are you looking for a way to make your Microsoft Stream video content stand out from the rest? Have you considered using custom thumbnails to grab the attention of your audience? As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and this applies to video thumbnails as well.

By choosing the right thumbnail, you can entice viewers to click on your video and increase engagement. In this blog post, I’m explaining how to use Microsoft Stream on SharePoint to add custom thumbnails to your video and audio files. With these tips, you can take your video content to the next level and make a lasting impression on your audience.

Add custom thumbnails to Microsoft Stream videos and audio files


Revolutionize your video sharing experience with SharePoint video collections pages

Sharing videos is becoming increasingly important in many organizations, particularly schools, universities, and other institutions that rely on video content for teaching, training, and communication purposes. However, managing and organizing these videos can be challenging, especially when they are scattered across different channels and sites. That’s where SharePoint Video Collections Pages come in to make things easier and more organized.

SharePoint video collections pages


What’s new for SharePoint – March 2023

Today, I’m excited to dive into a new topic and explore the latest updates for SharePoint that were announced in March 2023.

The latest SharePoint updates bring a range of exciting features that are designed to further enhance its capabilities and functionalities. These updates aim to address some of the most pressing challenges faced by organizations today, including the need for improved collaboration, information management, and security.

In this blog post, you will take a closer look at some of the new features and enhancements that SharePoint has introduced, and how they can benefit businesses of all sizes. So, let’s dive in and explore the latest SharePoint updates!

What is new for SharePoint as a platform


Building a SharePoint intranet with ChatGPT and Bing – Navigation

SharePoint intranets are a great way to keep your team connected and informed. However, having a good menu in your SharePoint intranet is crucial to ensure that users can navigate through the site more easily.

Menu items should link to the most needed and used resources around your intranet, even if they’re very deep within your architecture.

SharePoint navigation


Building a SharePoint intranet with ChatGPT and Bing – Announcements and Alerts

Announcements and alerts are all important features in a SharePoint intranet and are used to disseminate information to employees or members of an organization.

All these features are important for keeping employees informed and engaged with the organization and can help to improve communication and collaboration within the workplace.

Building a SharePoint intranet with ChatGPT and Bing – Announcements and Alerts


How to use video as a background in SharePoint pages header

Using video backgrounds instead of images can be beneficial for several reasons. Video backgrounds can create a more immersive and interactive experience for the user, can provide a context to the content on the page or increase brand awareness by making a lasting impression on the viewer.

Overall, video backgrounds can be a powerful tool for enhancing user experience, however, with SharePoint pages you can not use videos as backgrounds in the title area… Unless you customize the page as I’m explaining in this article.

SharePoint pages video background


How to use a script editor in modern SharePoint sites

The SharePoint Script Editor is a web part that allows users to add and edit HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code on SharePoint pages. Using the Script Editor web part, users can add custom code to SharePoint pages to extend the functionality of the page or to add custom branding elements.

The Script Editor web part is available out of the box in classic but not in modern. In this article I’m explaining how you can get the script editor in your modern SharePoint sites.

How to use a script editor in modern SharePoint sites


Building a SharePoint intranet with ChatGPT and Bing – Quick Links

Quick links are typically a collection of clickable links that are displayed in a prominent location in the SharePoint intranet landing page.

They are designed to provide easy and quick access to important or frequently accessed content or features, such as popular pages, key resources, or frequently used tools.

Building a SharePoint intranet with ChatGPT and Bing - Quick Links


Building a SharePoint intranet with ChatGPT and Bing – Events calendar

One of the features mentioned by both Chat GPT and Bing when I asked about what features to add to a SharePoint intranet landing page, was the events calendar.

This one seems obvious but having a classic monthly or weekly calendar view in an intranet landing page wastes a lot of valuable space and does not add much value. Instead of using the traditional calendar I’m using instead the modern and good-looking events web part.

SharePoint Events Web Part


Building a SharePoint intranet with ChatGPT and Bing – Personalized content

When I asked ChatGPT and Bind about what to add to a SharePoint intranet landing page, both mentioned news and personalized content.

This post is about showing relevant information to keep users engaged and willing to come back,  to know more about what is happening in the company.

Building a SharePoint intranet with personalized content


I've been working with Microsoft Technologies over the last ten years, mainly focused on creating collaboration and productivity solutions that drive the adoption of Microsoft Modern Workplace.