If you are a software developer for education, then you'll already know about the app marketplaces for different devices – like the Windows Store for Windows 8 apps, the iTunes store for iPad/iPod apps and Google Play for Android apps. It's become another route to market for developers, and been a way to reach a wider group of potential individual customers. In the education market it's been a way to distribute apps to individual teachers and schools, and help them to discover software not available through their standard computer build - most education customers get given a device with a standard list of software pre-installed.
So if the apps stores are a good route to market for education, then here's another app store that you should know about – and some free training events to get you started:
The Office Store for Office and SharePoint apps
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. And the new Office Store on Office.com provides the venue for these apps to be delivered to millions of Office and Office 365 SharePoint Online users worldwide. It's still in beta at the moment, but already it's being used by customers to buy and download Office apps.
Learn how to develop apps for the Office Store
Early next year, we will be running two DevCamps for software developers to learn all about the Office Store, and the app development model. It will be a very practical two day workshop, that covers the store, demonstrates what apps look like, and then will step you through the process of building code and even give you options for 1:1 discussions with the programme leads for the Office Store apps.
There's plenty of information to get started on building Office apps available now, so that you can get started, and hopefully the DevCamp will help you zoom ahead further.
Register for one of the free Australian DevCamps for Office apps
DevCamp for Office apps in Sydney 4th and 5th February - Register Here
DevCamp for Office apps in Melbourne 7th and 8th February - Register Here*
* Today, this is still saying Sydney 6th Feb, but will shortly be corrected to Melbourne 7th Feb