SharePoint Reaches 200 million users


In usage stats released by Microsoft recently, SharePoint, Microsoft’s premium team collaboration platform has passed the 190 million paid users mark. With an ecosystem supporting over 200,000 organizations worldwide, supported by over 50,000 partners, the usage of SharePoint globally is only expected to grow. Continue reading

MCSA Office 365: Now a path to 3 MCSE tracks

MCSA Office 365: Now an optional path to three MCSE tracks


You can now satisfy the prerequisites for pursuing three MCSE certifications by having either MCSA: Office 365 or MCSA: Windows Server 2012. Having these options allows you to choose the path that best meets your career path or organization’s needs.


To better align with how technology professionals deploy Lync, Exchange, and SharePoint, the Microsoft certification team has made an exciting update to the Communication, Messaging, and SharePoint MCSE certifications.

  • CLOUD-BASED: Taking the MCSA Office 365 path to your MCSE is a great choice if your organization is considering, or has deployed cloud-based solutions.
  • ON-PREMISE: For those who focus on deploying on-premise, MCSA: Windows Server 2012 is still the path for you.


The 3 eligible MCSE certifications:

  1. MCSE: Communications (Lync)
  2. MCSE: Messaging (Exchange)
  3. MCSE: SharePoint

How to add your own Style Sheet to brand SharePoint 2010

When starting out with SharePoint Branding.  Your best skill to acquire is CSS.  CSS is the Style sheets used to position, colour and decorate text and other items on a browser page.  Cascading Style Sheets might look a bit daunting in the beginning, especially if your first experience with them is within SharePoint.  A SharePoint 2010 master page has a few style sheets, but the Main Style sheet contains approximately 8000 lines of styling. It’s called corev4.css.  Scary, you think.  The secret is to only overwrite and render the styles you want to see and therefore, you need to call your style sheet, “after” the SharePoint Style sheet.  The only way you are able to do this is by entering the following line within your SharePoint Master page.

First make sure you know which Master page is set as your default.  Usually it would be default.master.  Open the master page in SharePoint Designer.  At the top of your master page you can add a <Sharepoint:CssRegistration>.

Add the following within the <Sharepoint:CssRegistration> tag :

Also remember to first create a style sheet and save it somewhere in a folder such as site assets or in the case below it was saved in the layouts folder. Even if the file is empty at the moment, you still need somewhere to reference to.



When the browser renders your master page, it will render your CSS after the corev4.css.  So even though all the styling from corev4 will also be rendered, only yours will display, if your css are overwriting some of the styling already specified by corev4.

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