Building Apps for Office and SharePoint 2013 using Web Technologies


What if you could build Office and SharePoint solutions using standard web technologies and distribute them worldwide from the Office Store (currently in beta) on With Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013, you can.

The all new cloud app extensibility model for Office and SharePoint 2013 enables building a whole new class of productivity solutions for Office and SharePoint. On top of that, the new Office Store on provides the venue for these apps to be delivered to millions of Office and Office 365 SharePoint Online users worldwide.

Next Friday, December 14, join Bruce Johnson and Donovan Follette in Toronto or online for a hands-on developer workshop where you’ll learn the concepts of the new app model and how to use it for building apps for Office and SharePoint. Topics for building apps for SharePoint range from how to read/write to SharePoint as a service using its rich APIs whether the JavaScript/managed code object model or via REST/oData, how events that happen on SharePoint can drive actions in your app, to using SharePoint search via the APIs. Topics for apps for Office include how to build task pane, content and mail apps that render in the Office client applications, use the JavaScript object model to interact with documents and mail items, and how to deploy apps for Office as standalone solutions or part of an app for SharePoint. Other topics will cover how to think about elasticity, scalability and reliability of your backend services and the steps for getting your app into the Office Store.

Here’s what you need in terms of preparation:

  • Bring your own developer environment on your laptop or have access to this environment for website development/ deployment.
  • Visual Studio 2012 Pro or above and the Office Developer Tools (Note: You can download VS 2012 Pro as a free trial. For those that don’t typically use VS, there are some parts of the workshop that rely on VS since tooling for some of the packaging is not yet available for other platforms. If your laptop OS does not support a Visual Studio 2012 install, we’ll have a workaround for you). More on the tools here.
  • Sign up for the free Office 365 Developer Site preview here.
  • Install Office 2013 desktop clients from your developer site.
  • Sign up for a Windows Azure free trial here and learn about Windows Azure Web Sites.

You can also visit and read up on apps for Office and SharePoint.

EP13Registration is FREE but space is limited, so make sure you sign up today.

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