Microsoft Ignite Conference: Day 4 Round-Up

Last day of the MS Ignite conference for me. Let’s take it to the bridge:
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Another metaphor? You betcha:

– Cloud vs on-premise
– Microsoft as Service Provider vs Shrink Wrapper
– Unified experiences vs Diversified devices
– People-driven Intranets vs Intranet-driven people
– Windows OS as a true personal & biz life and productivity platform vs Windows OS as a 900 pound gorilla

My top picks for Day 4 in the SharePoint/Office 365 realm (with a little .NET 5 in there to maintain my Dev street cred):

My last-day sessions:

JEA: A PowerShell Toolkit to Secure a Post-Snowden World

When asked what to do about corporate hacking, Ex NSA Director Michael Hayden replied, “Man up and defend yourselves.” Edward Snowden then rocked the world by disclosing privileged NSA information. JitJea stands for “Just In Time, Just Enough Admin.” It’s a Windows PowerShell toolkit that admins use to perform functions without giving them admin privileges.

MVP Panel: SharePoint On-Premises, Online and Everything in Between
Imagine five great minds coming together to talk about Microsoft SharePoint across the board, be it within Microsoft Office 365, in Microsoft Azure, on-premises and certainly hybrid. Via a panel Q&A format, these MVP experts expose how online and hybrid improvements increase both deployment scenarios and value. This session is designed to help ITIs and ITDMs find the right cloud formula to deploy based on practical business and technical considerations. This is a must-not-miss session for any IT pro!

How to Decide When to Use SharePoint and Yammer and Office 365 Groups and Outlook and Skype
Your users may struggle with these questions: Should I share a message via Skype for Business instead of Yammer, Office 365 Groups, or Exchange? Should I collaborate on data using an Excel sheet or a SharePoint list? Should I share a file in Outlook, in a meeting, from OneDrive for Business, on Yammer, in a Group, or in a SharePoint site? This session is the ‘How To’ user’s guide What happens when your users can’t decide what technology or feature to use? They use what they know, or what’s easy; even if better options exist. In this session, Richard and Kanwal help you maximize the value of your Office 365 investment by providing the guidance you need to help your users make better, more effective decisions on how they get work done.

Experts Unplugged: Office 365 Security

OneNote for OneLife: From Notes to Productivity and Platform
OneNote is awesome. Really. Knowledge, learning and info on the bleeding edge benefits from structure – but not too much structure. We all need a place to inscribe understanding, without having to go overboard on the word-processing end of things.  I’m always thrilled to hang out with the OneNote crew as I sometimes wonder if they know they have the future of Education and Wikis in their hands.

Microsoft OneNote gives you one place for your notes and other content with you, anywhere now that OneNote is across all platforms and devices. Write by hand, type, record, snap a picture, clip from the web, or use a growing number of other partner apps and devices and OneNote saves it. Organized or not, you can easily find your notes in any form (text, writing, picture, or audio) with OneNote search. This session demonstrates end-user productivity scenarios at work to give you a clear understanding of how OneNote can help drive adoption of Office 365 with cross-platform, real-time collaboration, and extensibility with OneNote API. You’ll walk away wanting to use, evangelize, and build on OneNote personally or for your organization.

Free SharePoint / Office 365 Theme & New Magic Tool from Bind Tuning

The good folks at BindTuning.com shared with me at the SharePoint Conference that they have a new, free Office 365 SharePoint theme available called TheBootstrap Theme.

TheBootstrapTheme

It’s beautiful, it’s elegant, and it’s free!

“The Bootstrap Theme” is a free theme, based on the Bootstrap 3 framework, featuring its base design, yet completely customizable using the BindTuning powerful customization Engine.

It includes 2 master pages, one for the home page, and one for inner pages with side navigation. Also includes over 360+ icons, based on FontAwesome 4.

“The Bootstrap Theme” is the ideal starting point for freelancers and agencies.

Note- A “Theme” in this context is a .NET masterpage, page layouts, CSS and other assets that make up your branding package. In general CMS parlance, this would be interchangeable with the word “Skin” – a complete visual UI package for styling a website.

First, go to the page and click the “Free Download” button. This will launch the CMS selector – choose SharePoint 2013 (for on-premise SharePoint) or Office 365:

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As can be seen, they also support DotNetNuke, Kentico, WordPress, Drupal, Orchard, Umbraco themes and pure HTML 5, should you be so inclined.

Once you pick Office 365 or SharePoint, you’ll be taken to the Configurator page which has a great interactive menu that let’s you apply different colors, fonts, page layouts etc. with a realtime preview:

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Brand new is also their Magic Tool, which let’s you “Quickly reproduce an existing website color scheme, or create one based on your logo. It’s that simple!” The Magic Tool 25
The Magic Tool let’s you upload a logo image file, or input a URL, and it will pick a matching color scheme automagically for you:
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In this case, I plunk in www.microsoft.com :

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..and the result:

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And that’s it. Click Done! and then your color scheme is available in the main Configuration menu. You can still tweak and adjust further after that:
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All in all, the new free SharePoint theme and the creation of the Magic Tool represents some great moves from Bind..    not to mention that Designers can now create and sell their themes through the Bind site too.