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 of some of the many highlights for Office and SharePoint developers to sink their teeth into.
Arpan Shah, Senior Director of Office 365, announced the Office 365 APIs Preview in this blog post earlier today, illustrating how building contextual productivity solutions can be seamlessly integrated within the Office 365 user experience. Custom web and mobile apps powered by Office 365 can be created for use across all platforms as well.
For more details and updated technical documentation, check out the new in-depth MSDN articles on Office 365 APIs Preview.
Another big announcement is the availability of the Android SDK for Office 365 to help Android developers access Office 365 data from their apps. Check out the Office 365 SDK for Android Preview on GitHub.
The Office Dev Center (http://dev.office.com) has been refreshed just in time for SPC14 with new videos, training, code samples, and many more resources for developers. In conjunction with the Service Pack 1 announcements, including this one for SharePoint Server 2013, we have also produced the content set for What’s new for apps for Office in Office 2013 SP1.
Additional blog posts this week dive deeper into the developer offerings, including:
- Apps for inspiration – Three dynamic showcase sample apps for catalog, incubation search, and event coordination are paired with source code and technical documentation. Blog post here.
- 15 Infographics – Peruse these quick, digestible visuals about SharePoint platform opportunities including API landscape, SharePoint-hosted apps, and more. Each one can be viewed and zoomed in onscreen, and can also be downloaded as a .PDF for offline reference and printing. Blog post here.
Throughout the week, we’ll be announcing many other new Office and SharePoint developer-focused content releases and relevant SPC14 on-site activities from our social media outlets:
- Twitter: @MSDN_Office (for developers)
- Facebook: MSDN Office and SharePoint Developer Center (for developers)
- Twitter: @MSOffice_ITPro (for IT Pros)
Attendees can use MySPC as the main online hub to plan and finalize their schedules while at the event.
The Office Content Publishing (CPub) teams who document the various technical audiences (developers, IT Pros, tenant admins, etc.) that use Office, SharePoint, and related products and technologies, will be well-represented onsite at SPC this year. CPub members will be available all week to answer questions, gather feedback, and collaborate on projects with customers, partners, MVPs, MCMs, and other members of the vibrant SharePoint community. Many of them will be wearing “ask me about” nametags with their badges that will outline their areas of expertise. Here are just some of the ways you can find and engage with us at the conference (maps in your conference guides):
- Product Pavilion, Office Content Publishing booth
- Design Time Sessions (private meetings)
- Breakout Sessions
- Hands-on Labs
- Ask the Experts, Exhibit Hall
Want to get in touch with a CPub representative at the conference? Feel free to inquire:
- DOCTHIS [at] Microsoft [dot] com – Developer CPub
- ITSPDOCS [at] Microsoft [dot] com – IT Pro CPub
If you are not able to attend the conference, tune into the keynote live webcast today starting at 8:30 am PST. You can also catch general SharePoint Conference buzz by following the hashtag #SPC14 on Twitter, as well as the profile @SPConf for real-time updates and announcements. A series of general SPC-related blog posts will also be published on http://blogs.office.com/. The SPC page on Facebook will also be active.