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  • Blog Post: Announcing Office 365 API Tools for Visual Studio — Preview

    Office 365 APIs enable developers to integrate Office resources (such as calendars, contacts, mail, files, and profile information) directly into their custom applications. For example, with Office 365 APIs, a native WinRT application could add calendar appointments directly into a user's Exchange calendar...
  • Blog Post: How to build a cloud business app with SAP data

    Visual Studio 2013 introduced a new project template for Office 365 Cloud Business App to enable developers to build modern business applications that can integrate with and extend the Office 365 platform experience quickly. The Cloud Business App template provides a rich set of tools and features that...
  • 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: Enable app SideLoading in your non-developer site collection

    Visual Studio allows developers to sideload apps for development and test use only . In this post, we’ll walk through what app sideloading is, when it’s appropriate to sideload SharePoint apps, and how to solve the "Sideloading of apps is not enabled on this site” error commonly encountered when...
  • Blog Post: All About Newsfeeds With Your Cloud Business App

    Cloud Business Apps in Visual Studio 2013 allow you to easily integrate with SharePoint and use the Office 365 collaboration and social features – including newsfeeds .  You can now expose entity data in your app as a newsfeed so that users can choose to follow your app and receive posts to their...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the new SharePointContext helper in Apps for SharePoint 2013

    In Visual Studio 2013, a new SharePointContext helper is available for app for SharePoint projects. This blog post will review the features of this new helper and offer some tips about how to use it. For those of you developing apps for SharePoint with Visual Studio 2012, you may be familiar with another...
  • Blog Post: Building a Cloud Business App: Kudos

    Office 365 is an ideal business app platform providing a core set of services expected in today’s business apps and a central location for installing, discovering, and managing apps. Office 365 makes these business apps available where users already spend their time - in SharePoint and Office . Visual...
  • Blog Post: Debugging SharePoint 2013 workflows using Visual Studio 2013

    Learn about the new tools for remotely debugging workflows in Visual Studio 2013. In Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012, we enabled remote event debugging using Windows Azure Service Bus . Now, in Visual Studio 2013, we have implemented a similar approach for remotely debugging workflows in...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio 2013 RTM

    Visual Studio 2013 RTM is now available for download! This release brings you the latest set developer tools for the Office platform. We are excited to share an overview of the new features available to you in this release. Office 365 Cloud Business App Visual Studio 2013 introduces a new project...
  • 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: Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 Preview released!

    This morning at the Microsoft Build Developer conference in San Francisco, S. Somasegar, Corporate VP for Developer Division, announced Visual Studio 2013 Preview . It’s an exciting moment for the Office Developer Tools team because of the great effort the team put in for this release. Office...
  • Blog Post: Localizing host web features in apps for SharePoint

    Update [7/3/2013]: If you’re using Visual Studio 2013 you don’t need the workaround described in this article. For more information, see Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 Preview released! Visual Studio 2012 can’t localize host web features by itself. Learn about a tool that you can use to...
  • Blog Post: June 3 session: Develop apps for SharePoint 2013 with Visual Studio 2012

    My name is Xiaoying Guo, and I’m a program manager on the Microsoft Office Developer Tools team in Visual Studio. On June 3, I’m giving a talk on building apps for SharePoint using Visual Studio 2012. The talk is organized by the .NET Developers Association and will be held in Building 40 on the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Office and SharePoint 2013 Continuous Integration Using Team Foundation Service and Office 365

    When your team is collaborating on a project, you need a regular and reliable development process to ensure smooth delivery while maintaining high quality. This process typically includes frequent integrations from team members, regular builds, and testing against the new build to measure quality. Continuous...
  • Blog Post: Building great-looking apps for Office using the new project templates

    In last month's release of Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012, the app for Office project templates were redesigned―adding better styling, better structure, and better code to newly-created projects. This post will highlight the benefits offered by the new templates, along with tips for using...
  • Blog Post: Update to debugging SharePoint 2013 remote events using Visual Studio 2012

    Learn about the new tools for debugging remote event receivers in the RTM version of the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012. In “Preview 2” of the Office Developer Tools that we released last October, we enabled remote event debugging, as detailed in Debugging Remote Event Receivers with Visual...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Latest Release of Office Developer Tools

    Kicking off SharePoint Conference 2012 this morning, Scott Guthrie, in his keynote speech , announced the release of Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 - Preview 2 . This is an exciting day for the Office & SharePoint Developer Tools team. Although still a preview, we are thrilled...
  • Blog Post: A closer look at apps for Outlook

    Rolando has already given an overview of how apps for Office work , so today I'm going to drill into how apps for Office run within Outlook. Apps for Outlook, or "mail apps" as they are sometimes called in our developer documentation, are apps for Office that are optimized for running in Outlook against...
  • Blog Post: Apps for Office and SharePoint video series

    This week, we are super excited to kick off a new series of videos dedicated to apps for Office and SharePoint on Channel 9: Inside apps for Office and SharePoint . It’s a great opportunity to listen to our engineering leads talk about the new cloud app model for Office and SharePoint, and why...
  • Blog Post: Building apps with Visual Studio and Windows Azure

    Hi! My name is Jay Schmelzer and I’m the Director of Program Management for the Visual Studio BizApps team. My team delivers the Visual Studio tooling that enables developers to target the Office, SharePoint and Windows Azure platforms. With the release of the new Office , it’s an exciting...
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