Use Visual Studio 2012 to debug JavaScript code outside the running project

In this article, we will share a Visual Studio debugging tip for debugging JavaScript files that are outside apps for Office projects—for example, a JavaScript file built from multiple source files in the project, or a JavaScript file hosted in the cloud. We will use the Wikipedia app for Office (available on GitHub) as an…


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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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…


Office and SharePoint 2013 Continuous Integration Using Team Foundation Service and Office 365

When your team is collaborating on a project, you need a regular and reliable development process to ensure smooth delivery while maintaining high quality. This process typically includes frequent integrations from team members, regular builds, and testing against the new build to measure quality. Continuous integration is a great way to manage this kind of…

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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,…


Update to debugging SharePoint 2013 remote events using Visual Studio 2012

Update 5/11/2015: Please note Microsoft Azure Service Bus now supports two types of connection strings: SAS and ACS. In order to use SAS connection string for remote event debugging via Azure Service Bus, please install the latest Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 or Visual Studio 2015. ——— In “Preview 2” of the Office…


Announcing the Latest Release of Office Developer Tools

Kicking off SharePoint Conference 2012 this morning, Scott Guthrie, in his keynote speech, announced the release of Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 – Preview 2. This is an exciting day for the Office & SharePoint Developer Tools team. Although still a preview, we are thrilled about the awesome features included in this…

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A closer look at apps for Outlook

Rolando has already given an overview of how apps for Office work, so today I’m going to drill into how apps for Office run within Outlook. Apps for Outlook, or “mail apps” as they are sometimes called in our developer documentation, are apps for Office that are optimized for running in Outlook against mail and…

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Apps for Office and SharePoint video series

This week, we are super excited to kick off a new series of videos dedicated to apps for Office and SharePoint on Channel 9: Inside apps for Office and SharePoint. It’s a great opportunity to listen to our engineering leads talk about the new cloud app model for Office and SharePoint, and why we did…