What’s new for UI in the SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

What's new for UI in the SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview
If you haven’t heard the news, this week Microsoft released the SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview bits for you to download and try out in your on premises farm. Readers of my blog are probably most interested to know how this update affects the UI and customization story for SharePoint. The good news is that at this point, SharePoint Server 2016 looks remarkably similar to an Office 365 SharePoint Online site. The biggest difference you will immediately notice is the Suite Bar or Ribbon at the top of SharePoint has evolved to a more modern look with the App Launcher, affectionately known as the “Waffle Menu” (I’m still waiting for my royalty checks for bringing waffles to SharePoint, but that’s another story). In fact, if you are used to customizing Office 365 master pages and CSS, you will notice that Seattle.master and CoreV15.css are identical between the SharePoint 2016 IT Preview and SharePoint Online. Of ...

Results: SharePoint Branding / Customization Survey

Results: SharePoint Branding / Customization Survey
A number of months ago I posted about a survey where I asked the community to rank common branding & UI customizations by how important they are to you and your customers. My free SurveyMonkey usage only allows me to see the first 100 of the 150 submissions but I have included a chart of the results below. Clearly jQuery is a biggie, but also not surprisingly a solution for changing color and layouts beyond themes / composed looks is a solid second place. It’s interesting to see a good cross section of the community and what ideas have floated to the top. Check out the results:  (Updated to include readable list since the chart cuts the text off) Add jQuery or Other Script Libraries Color & Layout Changes Beyond Themes / Composed Looks Add / Remove Links in the Suite Bar Custom Header Section Carousel / Rotator Hide Areas of the Default UI Jscript Manipulation ...

Our New Rebranded SharePoint Website: sharepoint.rackspace.com

Our New Rebranded SharePoint Website: sharepoint.rackspace.com
Over the past few months I’ve been working with a few of my coworkers to re-launch our public facing website for SharePoint at Rackspace. I’m happy to say it went live a couple weeks ago to coincide with the SPTechCon conference in Austin, TX! We spent a good bit of time giving the website a modern responsive face lift while also simplifying the structure of the site. Of course, being SharePoint nerds, we wanted to show off what you can do with just a good old SharePoint 2013 publishing site. Behind the scenes we didn’t use any custom code or anything like that, just typical SharePoint branding concepts like Master Pages, Page Layouts, CSS, jQuery, and some Content Search Web Parts / Display Templates. Please check it out when you get a chance at sharepoint.rackspace.com