Announcing the new http://dev.office.com

  We continue to make progress in unifying our platform and providing one consistent experience for developers across our various workloads, and today we are excited to announce the launch of a newly streamlined Office Dev Center (http://dev.office.com). The site has been redesigned to help developers of Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync find top development…

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Share your feedback for the Office Developer Platform in the new UserVoice site

We are excited to announce that the Office and SharePoint Developer Platform team has launched a new UserVoice site aimed at gathering your feedback. The UserVoice site is available at http://officespdev.uservoice.com. Let us know what you would like to see in future versions of the Apps for Office and SharePoint API documentation, code samples, and…


Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 Preview released!

This morning at the Microsoft Build Developer conference in San Francisco, S. Somasegar, Corporate VP for Developer Division, announced Visual Studio 2013 Preview. It’s an exciting moment for the Office Developer Tools team because of the great effort the team put in for this release. Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 Preview provides tons…

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Roadmap for Apps for Office, VSTO, and VBA

With all the buzz around the new apps for Office programming model, developers might be wondering: What benefits does the new app model bring, and which of the three technology choices―apps for Office, managed VSTO add-ins, or VBA macros―are best suited for particular scenarios? Apps for Office is a recognition that the technology landscape around…


Upgrading your app for SharePoint

Once you have submitted an app to the Office Store or published it to your corporate app catalog, you will probably start planning the next version of your app. An important part of that planning is ensuring that the app upgrade process will be smooth for your users and their data. This post explains how…


Localizing host web features in apps for SharePoint

Update [7/3/2013]: If you’re using Visual Studio 2013 you don’t need the workaround described in this article. For more information, see Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 Preview released! Visual Studio 2012 can’t localize host web features by itself. Learn about a tool that you can use to localize your host web features, such…

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June 3 session: Develop apps for SharePoint 2013 with Visual Studio 2012

My name is Xiaoying Guo, and I’m a program manager on the Microsoft Office Developer Tools team in Visual Studio. On June 3, I’m giving a talk on building apps for SharePoint using Visual Studio 2012. The talk is organized by the .NET Developers Association and will be held in Building 40 on the Microsoft…

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Building great-looking apps for Office using the new project templates

In last month’s release of Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012, the app for Office project templates were redesigned―adding better styling, better structure, and better code to newly-created projects. This post will highlight the benefits offered by the new templates, along with tips for using the templates more effectively. When creating the new templates,…


Debugging Remote Event Receivers with Visual Studio

Editor’s update (3/21/2013): The RTM version of the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 include tools for debugging remote event receivers. You no longer have to follow the procedure described in this post. Chakkaradeep just published a post about the new tools for debugging remote event receivers. For more information, see Update to debugging…