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  • Blog Post: Using Office 365 APIs in your MVC and Windows 8.1 Applications – Part II

    UPDATE 5/12/2014 - A new preview is available. You can now access the Office 365 APIs using client libraries available for .NET and JavaScript. See: .NET and JavaScript libraries for Office 365 APIs In last month’s blog post , we announced the Office 365 API Tools – Preview add-in for...
  • Blog Post: Integrating documents into cloud business apps

    Documents are critical pieces of information in many business applications. That’s why we added support for easily attaching to Office 365 or SharePoint document libraries in the latest release of Cloud Business Apps in Visual Studio 2013. With the Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013...
  • Blog Post: New release: Modern Trend app for Excel

    The Microsoft ecoSystem group is pleased to announce the free Modern Trend app for Excel . It is now available on Office Store ! The Modern Trend app helps you tell a story based on your Excel data. With a few steps, your data is shown on an interactive trend chart. You can pin the specific data points...
  • Blog Post: Office Web Widgets—Experimental

    At SharePoint Conference, we announced a couple of experimental UI widgets to help you build apps for Office and SharePoint. The widgets included in this first release are the People Picker and the List View and in the rest of this post, we will explain what they are and how to use them, but first, an...
  • Blog Post: Introducing: The SharePoint and VBA Code Analyzer

    Learn about a tool that analyzes your SharePoint full-trust code solutions and Office add-ins and macros to help you redesign them for the app model. Security is important to us—your code remains private while using the tool. The app model is a great tool that fully embraces the benefits of moving to...
  • Blog Post: Overview of SharePoint Conference 2014 and new content for developers

    The SharePoint Conference 2014 (SPC14) this week in Las Vegas is an exciting time for Office and SharePoint developers. Lots of new announcements, sessions , on-site activities, content resources, code samples, community opportunities, and more are being launched and shared. This post is an overview...
  • Blog Post: Vote for the SharePoint Conference App Awards – People’s Choice!

    UPDATE 2/20/2014 : Preliminary voting is done, and we have 4 finalists! It’s time for you to cast your final vote between now and February 28, 4:00PM PST. Each registered SharePoint Conference attendee can vote once in the Finals. To see the finalists and cast your final vote, see App Awards – People...
  • Blog Post: Successfully crafting a mail app using the Lean Startup methodology

    The blog post describes how to use the Lean Startup methodology to develop a real "Who's Who" mail app. Introduction I am a new program manager (PM) to the Microsoft ecoSystem team. The team focuses on apps for Office and SharePoint-so it’s natural for us to create mail apps. I was recently...
  • Blog Post: Publishing apps for Office and SharePoint to Windows Azure Websites

    Windows Azure Websites are a great hosting platform for a variety of applications – and your app can be one of them. Azure Websites are easy to create and offer advanced management, scalability, and load-balancing features – and of course, great integration with Visual Studio. With our new streamlined...
  • Blog Post: New release: Package Tracker for Outlook 2013 and Outlook Web App

    The Microsoft ecoSystem group is pleased to announce the free app Package Tracker for Outlook 2013 and Outlook Web App. It is available on Office Store for you to download and use! Package Tracker helps you quickly get your latest FedEx package information in Outlook. Introduction After receiving an...
  • Blog Post: Manage OAuth2.0 access tokens with Sina Weibo service

    An app for Office often accesses external resources such as search results, blog posts, and videos. To do that, authorization with third-party web-services is required. In this post we share our experience on using the OAuth2.0 authorization protocol to access Sina Weibo (microblog) resources. In particular...
  • Blog Post: Announcing SharePoint Conference 2014 App Awards

    The much-anticipated, highly-suspenseful, excitement-inducing App Awards are coming back to SharePoint Conference 2014! We are looking for innovative and high quality apps for the Office Store. Create an awesome app for the Office store, and you’ll get a chance at winning fame, glory, and some cool stuff...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Conference 2014 – Cloud Developer Skills Jumpstart

    This year, an MVP will conduct an all-day pre-conference training focusing on the key developer skills necessary to get ahead with building apps for both Office and SharePoint. Since the technologies used are the same across Office and SharePoint, this jumpstart is essential for anyone who has just started...
  • Blog Post: Get and present Excel data appropriately

    This article describes the importance of data format in extracting and visualizing Excel data using public APIs in the context of apps for Excel. Apps for Excel, in particular, content apps are often used to visualize data. If we want to develop an app for Excel to visualize or present our data, we need...
  • Blog Post: Add a proxy for on-cloud services that don’t support security communication

    In this article, we describe how to add a proxy for those public APIs that don’t support secure communication and discuss the procedure for setting up the proxy. Many on-cloud services have open APIs. Developers use open APIs to build mobile applications. We can also build apps for Office using those...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the new http://dev.office.com

    We continue to make progress in unifying our platform and providing one consistent experience for developers across our various workloads, and today we are excited to announce the launch of a newly streamlined Office Dev Center ( http://dev.office.com ). The site has been redesigned to help developers...
  • Blog Post: Tips to develop a great mail app for Office

    This article shares tips for developing mail apps in time zone conversion, secure (https) data transmission, tablet/smartphone support, roaming settings to track persistent data, and the non-interchangeable custom properties in the Outlook object model and in the apps for Office platform. Mail apps are...
  • Blog Post: New release: People Graph and Wikipedia apps for Office

    The Microsoft ecoSystem group is pleased to announce two free apps the People Graph app v1.1 for Excel 2013 and the Wikipedia v1.1 app for Word 2013 and Excel 2013 . They are now available on Office Store for you to download and use! People Graph is a cool app for Office that transforms your cold data...
  • Blog Post: Share your feedback for the Office Developer Platform in the new UserVoice site

    We are excited to announce that the Office and SharePoint Developer Platform team has launched a new UserVoice site aimed at gathering your feedback. The UserVoice site is available at http://officespdev.uservoice.com . Let us know what you would like to see in future versions of the Apps for Office...
  • Blog Post: Apps for Office and SharePoint Contest Winner: Mind-O-Mapper from Repoint Technologies

    Since the introduction of the app model, we’ve seen some great apps that showcase what the platform can really do. From dictionaries to text analyzers to image generators, developers from all over the world have created innovative and useful apps. Last year, we ran the Apps for Office and SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Use two-domain design for more secure communication with external content

    In this article, we use the Wikipedia app for Office to show how to communicate between two domains to help address security concerns in apps for Office and SharePoint. The Wikipedia app is an open source project, and you can download the source code from Wikipedia App for Office source (GitHub). Use...
  • Blog Post: Run an app for Office consistently in different browsers

    Apps for Office can run in different browsers, such as Internet Explorer 9 and 10, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. However, different browsers support web standards differently . In this article, we use the Wikipedia app for Office as an example to show that the document.selection method is not supported...
  • Blog Post: Use Visual Studio 2012 to debug JavaScript code outside the running project

    In this article, we will share a Visual Studio debugging tip for debugging JavaScript files that are outside apps for Office projects—for example, a JavaScript file built from multiple source files in the project, or a JavaScript file hosted in the cloud. We will use the Wikipedia app for Office (available...
  • Blog Post: New resources--using Office Open XML in apps for Word

    The JavaScript API for Office (Office.js) provides a way for developers to manipulate rich content in a Microsoft Word document by using Office Open XML. This blog post highlights a recently published MSDN article, Creating Better Apps for Word with Office Open XML , that shows how to use Office Open...
  • Blog Post: Writing data from apps to Office documents

    Inserting content into your Office documents is an important part of the app model. In this post, we'll talk about the Wikipedia app, how it inserts information into your documents, and ways you can use these APIs in your own apps. A key feature of Office extensibility is that you can interact with your...
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