What’s new for SharePoint – October 2023

SharePoint has undergone a remarkable transformation, what was once a standalone application has evolved into a powerful platform for a growing array of Microsoft 365 applications. In this monthly update, you’ll find the latest changes, starting with the refreshed landing experience for Viva Connections, which now boasts branding capabilities, announcement features, and enhanced layout options.

Additionally, you’ll learn more about the retirement of Microsoft Stream Classic and the promising announcements for its successor. The updates for Viva Connections, such as the ability to create more experience and consistent brand theming, are also on the agenda, along with the introduction of a search feature for Viva Connections on Android and iOS. These changes reflect the ongoing evolution of SharePoint and its expanding role in the modern workspace.

What is new for SharePoint as a platform


Get ready for the revamped Viva Connections news card

Microsoft Viva Connections has been a handy tool for keeping employees informed about corporate communications, and it’s just getting a much-needed update to make it even better.

The Top News Card, which many of us have relied on is getting updated, with more options, it virtually covers all of the scenarios an organization could face.

News Card in Viva Connections


Add Microsoft Teams chats to SharePoint

In today’s work environment, we’ve all witnessed the transformation of how we get things done. Work is all about collaboration, flexibility, and staying connected. Chances are you’ve heard that technology should be where you work, seamlessly integrated into your daily routine.

Microsoft understands this need and has made great improvements in that direction. While most applications were brought into Microsoft Teams, there is another exciting perspective worth exploring: bringing Microsoft Teams to your SharePoint intranet.

Microsoft Teams chat in SharePoint sites


How to send a SharePoint page by email using Viva Amplify

In a world where we’re often bombarded with AI advancements and Copilot updates, it might seem surprising that Microsoft is shaking things up with a new tool that lets you send SharePoint pages by email. We’ve all been using email for ages, so why invest in it now? Well, it’s simple – we’re all different, and we have our own unique ways of doing things.

Viva Amplify steps in to bridge the gap between SharePoint and the good old email. Instead of pushing us to switch gears to find information, it’s all about bringing the info to us, where we’re most comfortable – our inbox.

SharePoint pages by email


How to embed Microsoft Loop pages in SharePoint

Microsoft Loop is a game-changer in collaboration, communication, and information sharing within teams and across organizations. With its intuitive interface and robust capabilities, Loop has revolutionized the way we work together within Microsoft 365, enabling seamless content creation and management.

To bring collaboration to the next level and to take advantage of your intranet in this blog post I’m showing how you can embed Microsoft Loop pages in SharePoint pages.

Microsoft Loop in SharePoint pages


How to automate applying a SharePoint theme across site collections with PnP PowerShell

To enhance the user experience and brand identity of your SharePoint sites, you may want to apply a consistent theme across all your site collections.

However, manually applying a theme to each site collection can be a time-consuming and tedious task. The good news is that you can easily automate this process using PnP PowerShell. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps to apply a SharePoint theme to all site collections without manual intervention.

Apply a SharePoint theme accross site collections


How to remove a SharePoint theme from your tenant

It is not uncommon for a company to change the corporate branding, logos, and colors. In fact, it’s a natural part of business evolution and growth. However, while these changes bring a fresh look and feel to your organization, they can also pose a challenge when it comes to ensuring that your digital assets, like your SharePoint intranet, stay aligned with the new company message.

One crucial aspect of maintaining this alignment is removing any previously added custom themes. In this blog post, I’m showing the process of removing a SharePoint theme from your intranet, helping you keep your digital workspace in harmony with your evolving corporate identity.

Remove a SharePoint theme


How to detect if a SPFx Application Customizer is running inside Microsoft Teams

SharePoint Application customizers allow you to customize SharePoint further, giving you access to safe containers where you can add extra components to improve the out of the box experience. This type of customization is perfect for solutions that you want to make available in all modern pages within a site collection or even in the entire tenant.

All this is great but there is a twist when it comes to using SPFx Application customizers in the context of SharePoint pages rendered inside Microsoft Teams, if you want to change the behavior on this scenario or simply not load the extension at all, there are no straightforward way to detect the Teams context as we have with web parts.

Detect SPFx application customizer running inside Microsoft Teams


How to access Viva Amplify on day one: A quick guide

The world of Microsoft technology is always evolving, and one of the most exciting aspects of it is the release of new applications. The moment we hear about a groundbreaking app, FOMO takes over, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it.

However, sometimes, even after configuring everything correctly, you might not see the app listed in your tenant. This can be frustrating, but don’t worry, usually there is a solution to get a faster access.

In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to access Viva Amplify on day one, even if it doesn’t appear in your list of apps.

Access Viva Amplify since day one


What’s new for SharePoint – September 2023

In the recent updates for SharePoint and related technologies, some significant changes for the platforms. One of the notable updates is the introduction of Verified Viva Topics Badges, allowing editors to mark topics as Verified in Microsoft Viva for increased reliability. Additionally, the integration of Clipchamp into Microsoft 365 brings video editing capabilities to commercial account users. These updates, along with features like Auto Labeling for PDFs in Microsoft Purview and Document Library Templates in SharePoint, aim to enhance functionality and streamline user experiences, contributing to more efficient collaboration and content management.

What is new for SharePoint as a platform


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.