Overview of SharePoint Conference 2014 and new content for developers

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.

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:

  • 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:

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
  • Surveys/questionnaires
  • 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.

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Comments (6)

  1. Rui Quintino says:

    Hi there,

    quick question: regarding the new sp1/1.1 APIs and capabilities, assuming they will be only available when hosted by office 2013 with sp1?

    what is the best way to check for sp1/v1.1 api availability on host when running apps? any guidance/tips on this?




  2. Mark Roberts - MSFT says:

    Hi Rui,

    You are correct, the new APIs in Office.js v1.1 depend on Office 2013 SP1 clients and the corresponding browser-based clients provided by Exchange and SharePoint SP1 servers.The best way to determine if a client supports the v1.1 API is to use the technique described in the "How to: Determine host application support for specific API members" topic (msdn.microsoft.com/…/jj220054(v=office.15).aspx).


  3. Rui Quintino says:

    thx Mark! great tip & reference, that will help

    (already seeing some new users reaching the apps with SP1, they have no ent. token 🙂 )

    allowing not signed in users to use apps was a good move, already updated for that



  4. Christine Flora, MCSD, MCITP, MCTS says:

    Looking for the new Windows 8 Libraries that Arpan Shah mentions in his post. What is the link?

  5. Philip Rueker [MSFT] says:

    Hello Christine,

    The Portable Windows 8/Windows Store libraries can be downloaded via the new "SharePoint Online Client Components SDK": http://www.microsoft.com/…/details.aspx

    Once installed the dlls can be found in C:Program FilesCommon Filesmicrosoft sharedWeb Server Extensions16ISAPI

    Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Portable, Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.Portable and Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.WindowsStore are the dlls you need.

    We are currently working on some documentation of this, so stay tuned for an update soon.



  6. TheBingi says:

    Any news on documentation? And what about Xamarin Client DLL ?