Announcing Office 365 API Tools for Visual Studio — Preview

UPDATE 5/12/2014 – A new preview is available. You can now access the Office 365 APIs using client libraries available for .NET and JavaScript. See: .NET and JavaScript libraries for Office 365 APIs Office 365 APIs enable developers to integrate Office resources (such as calendars, contacts, mail, files, and profile information) directly into their custom…


How to build a cloud business app with SAP data

Visual Studio 2013 introduced a new project template for Office 365 Cloud Business App to enable developers to build modern business applications that can integrate with and extend the Office 365 platform experience quickly. The Cloud Business App template provides a rich set of tools and features that make it easy to work with data…


Publishing apps for Office and SharePoint to Windows Azure Websites

Windows Azure Websites are a great hosting platform for a variety of applications – and your app can be one of them. Azure Websites are easy to create and offer advanced management, scalability, and load-balancing features – and of course, great integration with Visual Studio. With our new streamlined experience for publishing apps for Office…


Enable app SideLoading in your non-developer site collection

Visual Studio allows developers to sideload apps for development and test use only. In this post, we’ll walk through what app sideloading is, when it’s appropriate to sideload SharePoint apps, and how to solve the "Sideloading of apps is not enabled on this site” error commonly encountered when sideloading apps from Visual Studio. What is…


All About Newsfeeds With Your Cloud Business App

Cloud Business Apps in Visual Studio 2013 allow you to easily integrate with SharePoint and use the Office 365 collaboration and social features – including newsfeeds.  You can now expose entity data in your app as a newsfeed so that users can choose to follow your app and receive posts to their personal newsfeed each…


Announcing the new SharePointContext helper in Apps for SharePoint 2013

In Visual Studio 2013, a new SharePointContext helper is available for app for SharePoint projects. This blog post will review the features of this new helper and offer some tips about how to use it. For those of you developing apps for SharePoint with Visual Studio 2012, you may be familiar with another helper class,…


Building a Cloud Business App: Kudos

Office 365 is an ideal business app platform providing a core set of services expected in today’s business apps and a central location for installing, discovering, and managing apps. Office 365 makes these business apps available where users already spend their time – in SharePoint and Office. Visual Studio 2013 streamlines modern business app development…


Debugging SharePoint 2013 workflows using Visual Studio 2013

Learn about the new tools for remotely debugging workflows in Visual Studio 2013. In Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012, we enabled remote event debugging using Windows Azure Service Bus. Now, in Visual Studio 2013, we have implemented a similar approach for remotely debugging workflows in apps for SharePoint. The new and re-worded debugging…


Announcing Visual Studio 2013 RTM

Visual Studio 2013 RTM is now available for download! This release brings you the latest set developer tools for the Office platform. We are excited to share an overview of the new features available to you in this release. Office 365 Cloud Business App Visual Studio 2013 introduces a new project template for Office 365…