Windows Azure Web Sites, Active Directory, Office 365, and Apps for Office and SharePoint Demo

For the //build/ 2013 conference Brady Gaster, Program Manager for Windows Azure SDK, and I teamed up and put together a session around building a SaaS application in Windows Azure Web Sites that uses Windows Azure Active Directory as it user store and authentication source. Then, to the SaaS Web application, we added two “companion”…


Introduction to Building Apps for Office on Windows Azure Web Sites

This post is about a friction free way to get started building Apps for Office by hosting your backend Web application on Windows Azure Web Sites. First,Windows Azure Web Sites are free now in Preview at the time of this blog posting. You can get up to 10 sites free and each site can have…


Inside apps for Office and SharePoint: All new series on Channel 9!

I am thrilled to announce the all new series “Inside apps for Office and SharePoint” on Channel 9. For your viewing pleasure, we have a three-part inaugural video set to kick off the series. This video set introduces you to the whole new concept of building apps for Office and SharePoint 2013 using the standard…


Building Integrated Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint Online, and Office 2010 Solutions Using BCS and LOB Data – TechEd 2012

As a companion to my previous post, here is a recording of my session at TechEd in Amsterdam about building-out rich integrated solutions using BCS in Office 365. (If you have any issues viewing, you can access the video directly from here.) As a backdrop for the discussion I use an all-up, end-to-end scenario that…


Office 365 (O365) Business Connectivity Services (BCS) Hands-on-Lab: Wiring up O365 BCS to a Windows Azure Service for Office 2010 and SharePoint Online Solutions

Business Connectivity Services (BCS) in Office 365 SharePoint Online (SPO) provides a significant opportunity to build out relevant productivity solutions by both power users and developers alike. Although not available at the initial release of Office 365 SPO, since November of 2011, BCS was rolled out to O365 tenancies world-wide. Now the same capability that…


SharePoint DevConnections–March 26-29, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Just wanted to give a heads-up that there’s still time to register for the SharePoint Connections Conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Don’t miss it! Lot’s of great sessions to choose from by the industry leading experts – including one of my favorites, Scot Hillier. I’ll see you there! Enjoy!


Accessing External Data Sources with InfoPath 2010: 4-part Channel 9 Video Series

Accessing external data sources using InfoPath Forms with SharePoint 2010 – whether on-premises, in sandboxed solutions or in Office 365 SharePoint online, there is tremendous interest in learning how to do this. In this 4-part video series, complete with sample code and a Hands-on Lab (HOL) for guidance, you can learn from the InfoPath experts…


Professional SharePoint 2010 Cloud-Based Solutions by Wrox!

Steve Fox was the driver behind this and it was a great opportunity to team up with him and my other colleagues Paul Stubbs and Girish Raja to write this book. Professional SharePoint 2010 Cloud-Based Solutions is primarily for IT Pros, SharePoint Developers and enthusiasts who want to better understand how to leverage the cloud…


Office 365 Developer Guidance and Resources

With the launch of Office 365, which includes Exchange Online, Lync Online and SharePoint Online, there are a number of great resources available for developers to help get you started developing on the platform. First, for Office client-related development, there is a short white paper Guidance for Office Development in Office 365 that calls out…


The Office 2010 Developer Training Course on MSDN and Training Kit Gets Updated

I have just released an update to the MSDN Office 2010 Developer Training Course and downloadable training Kit. Updates include two new training Modules around developing your own custom Outlook Social Connector Provider and connecting up Office with Azure Services. There is also new content for the Open XML 2.0 SDK, using the JavaScript Object…