Quick steps to drive more downloads (Updated)

  The Office Store is officially one year old!  We’d like to share some pointers that will help your app to reach the maximum number of customers.   With the SharePoint Conference just around the corner, it’s a great opportunity for your apps to present themselves in the most compelling light.   Previous posts have…


Successfully crafting a mail app using the Lean Startup methodology

The blog post describes how to use the Lean Startup methodology to develop a real "Who’s Who" mail app. Introduction I am a new program manager (PM) to the Microsoft ecoSystem team. The team focuses on apps for Office and SharePoint-so it’s natural for us to create mail apps. I was recently asked to revamp…


Add a proxy for on-cloud services that don’t support security communication

In this article, we describe how to add a proxy for those public APIs that don’t support secure communication and discuss the procedure for setting up the proxy. Many on-cloud services have open APIs. Developers use open APIs to build mobile applications. We can also build apps for Office using those web-based open APIs. Essentially…


Tips to develop a great mail app for Office

This article shares tips for developing mail apps in time zone conversion, secure (https) data transmission, tablet/smartphone support, roaming settings to track persistent data, and the non-interchangeable custom properties in the Outlook object model and in the apps for Office platform. Mail apps are one of the three basic types of apps for Office. Mail…


New resources–using Office Open XML in apps for Word

The JavaScript API for Office (Office.js) provides a way for developers to manipulate rich content in a Microsoft Word document by using Office Open XML. This blog post highlights a recently published MSDN article, Creating Better Apps for Word with Office Open XML, that shows how to use Office Open XML in the Office.js API…


Apps for SharePoint Page Patterns

When building your app, there are a few patterns we hope you will use for your pages. In choosing a pattern, you should consider the user scenarios for your app and which pattern would make the most sense. Be aware that this post focuses on the design patterns for building app pages; if you are…

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Closures and asynchronous chaining in Office JavaScript

In this post, we’ll discuss JavaScript closures and how misunderstanding them can lead to seemingly unexpected behavior in some JavaScript API for Office methods. Along the way, we’ll establish some best practices for how to make multiple asynchronous requests that constitute a single logical operation – a common pattern in apps. After reading, app developers…

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Top 10 scenarios for the JavaScript API for Office

Hello Developers! This is Juan Balmori with another post for the apps for Office blog! I am the Program Manager of the JavaScript API for Office (Office.js). I am excited to share with you top 10 scenarios for the JavaScript API for Office. It’s great that we now have a platform that can use an…

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Inserting images with apps for Office

Hi! I’m Gareth Pinto, a Program Manager on the Office Solutions Framework team working on the new apps for Office platform. You’ve heard a lot about our new platform goals, vision, architecture, and strategy from previous posts, and I hope it’s inspired many app ideas of your own! With today’s post, I’m going to describe…

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Don’t miss the new Election Tracker app !

Want to keep up with all of the excitement surrounding the Presidential Election Race? Check out the Election Tracker app for Excel. The Election Tracker app automatically updates with the latest polling data and predictions for both the Presidential and Senate Races using data from PredictWise. The goal of this app is to bring the…