I have set up a Power BI report that tracks tweets related to the MS Ignite conference (September 22-24, 2020). The idea is that rather than me telling you what’s happening, you can select your own favorite hashtags or authors and see what they are up to. Click on the link in the bottom left to open the tweet on twitter.
I’ll refresh the report a couple times a day. It is based on popularity (retweets and likes), so don’t count on it to report on the last minute news. Also, the Power BI “Publish to Web” feature caches the reports, and it might take an hour between my refresh and the Web update.
Incidentally our most popular tweet at the time of refresh happens to be coming from Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella 🙂 Also highlighted in the “decomposition tree”: Karuana Gatimu, Dona Sarkar and Anna Chu.
Other than that, you might also want to check out the Microsoft Mechanics Sweepstakes 🙂 We’ll need to wait until tomorrow for more technical announcements.
If you compare to my previous post, you’ll also notice a different logo in the top left. Let’s see if this one sticks 🙂
There are many reasons for the long silence, let me just expand on one.
The period from 2015 to 2017 marked a shift for Office 365, with the move to modern and an explosion of new apps. We found ourselves in a long transition period, with Office 365 promising a lot but not delivering so much initially. Remember the one-column template for modern SharePoint home pages? Surely, because that was the only option 🙂 Remember the shift of SharePoint calendars from classic to modern? Certainly not, because it never happened (we finally got a modern calendar view a few weeks ago, in Microsoft Lists). Loops in Microsoft Flow? Not an option initially. The list goes on.
Fast forward to 2020. Microsoft 365 has come a long way. It reached maturity 2-3 years ago and has become the ubiquitous platform it was meant to be. The past 3 years have been exciting, although they didn’t give me much time to breathe, even less take a week of vacation. Finally I feel I have caught up on (almost) all fronts. That is, until the new wave of announcements next week at the MS Ignite conference…
The bright side for me is that both client side development and the “maker”/”citizen developer”/”fusion dev” paths I was promoting 10 years ago, along with a few folks (yes, Marc Anderson was already a community pillar at the time!), those paths have now gone mainstream, and it has become easier to convince people that they just work 🙂
12 years ago I started this blog to share my SharePoint tricks, such as the “HTML Calculated Column” and the “Easy Tabs”. Today we have new technologies, and I have some new tips that I am ready to share. An upcoming topic will be “Property Pane Portals”, a technique I recently came up with to set up SPFx property panes.
Still on SharePoint 2016 and distant from the 365 buzz? I’d love to hear from you. The SPELL product itself is not relevant anymore on modern cloud, but works on SP 2016. More importantly, now is a good time to bridge the gap between classic and modern before you move to the Cloud. Actually one of my first new posts will be about client side solutions built on SP 2016.
Stay tuned! And as an appetizer, if you haven’t checked it out yet, take a look at the Power BI demo I published to the Microsoft Power BI data stories gallery. I’ll have a similar report ready to track MS Ignite next week!