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Beth Massi is a Senior Program Manager on the Visual Studio team at Microsoft and a community champion for business application developers. Learn more about Beth.
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Although you can access the Office 365 APIs from any platform using REST APIs and standard OAuth flows, the client libraries dramatically simplify working with these services from a variety of client app types you build with Visual Studio. The client libraries will let you:
Types of client apps now supported in this preview are:
If you don’t see your favorite app type here, don’t fear, this is just a preview folks and we have a lot more work to do! In fact, the Visual Studio and Office Developer teams are anxiously waiting for your feedback on StackOverflow. Tag your questions with [office365] & [api] and they will jump.
What I find particularly awesome (besides the API and tools themselves), is the means by which the team is creating the client libraries as well as delivering updates in short sprints based on customer feedback. I interviewed Saurabh Bhatia, one of the program managers on the project. Besides “showing me the codes”, he also discussed the overall project direction, delivery cadence and eventual plans to open source the tools they built to create the client libraries themselves. Very cool.
Watch: New Preview Office 365 API Tools for Visual Studio
To get started, you’ll first need a Office 365 Developer site to build & test against and Visual Studio 2013 Pro or higher installed. Then install the tools here: Office 365 API Tools for Visual Studio
And make sure you ask the experts on StackOverflow. Tag your questions with [office365] & [api]. (I’m not an expert yet, but I am learning!) You can also submit feature requests here: http://officespdev.uservoice.com/
Did your dev team move to Colorado????????????? Someone is listening???????
@LS - LOL! The dev team did not move to Colorado, still in Redmond... but it is getting warmer ;-)