It’s time to catch-up with all the announcements at #MSIgnite. And the only way I learn, is by researching, trying and sharing. So let’s go! Today’s blog will cover the “Page section background shading” available on Modern #SharePoint Online sites soon. Inspired to a new “1 Blog A Day for a Month Challenge” by Ali Spittel (@ASpittel), thanks Ali! Seeing as it’s November, I’ve also decided to dedicate the blogs to a noble cause:  The Movember Foundation. #Movember2018 #Movember


Let’s first create some awareness. I have way to many awesome men in my life that I want to be around when I grow old.

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Page section background shading

I am so excited about this. Even though I absolutely love #SharePoint Online, I’ve been wanting some shading in web parts from the start. and YES, clients are asking for it too!!

Announced at #Microsoft Ignite, here’s a blog from Mark Kashman, with some more information:

Page section background shading – Create additional visual design and clarity as a user scrolls through your content. Now you can add different colors to the background of your page sections or leave them white as they are by default. Mark Kashman. Read more…

Example 1:

Example 2:

And yes, this is not supposed to be pretty, I messed around in #PowerPoint a bit to illustrate different colors. I’m not quite sure what will be possible, but I’m super psyched!

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Q: When is this all being released in Office 365?

A: The above blog marks the disclosure of numerous feature and capability announcements. Our goal is to release all the items to Targeted Release customers in Office 365 by the end of the first half of calendar year 2019. You can expect future blogs and admin message center posts to raise attention to specific change management dates per each item to designate initial availability roll out in Office 365, with refined information about timing and duration of roll out.

I found this banner image on Unsplash, all credit to the photographer:

Alan Hardman

I’ll be speaking at The European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference in Copenhagen, 26 – 29th of November. #ESPC18 @EuropeanSP Also honored to be a community reporter at the event. Hoping to see you there!

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New Initiative:

Every couple of months I’m going to travel to a new country, rent a motorcycle, and travel to as many communities as possible, for 15.2 days. Purpose would be to create awareness around Digital Literacy and give users an overview of Office 365 Apps and Services and how it can transform their lives. I’ll do video and written blogs to capture and share my journey and experiences.

Feedback would be crucial, and I’ll be using Microsoft Forms & Flow to gather valuable feedback for myself and Microsoft. I will be inviting other community members to join me on my journey when I’m in their respective areas.

Of course it wouldn’t be possible without sponsorship to help support this cause. Reach out if you’re interested on getting involved in any way, here’s a link to a Microsoft Form that can be completed: