Using SignalR to communicate between an App for Office and Popups

Apps for Office are a powerful and flexible way to extend Office across all the new Office form factors (browser, PC, phone). Apps for Office come in many sizes/shapes (Mail Apps, Compose Apps, Task Pane Apps, Content Apps). Although users can resize apps for Office, they will typically launch in a default dimension that developers…

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Building Apps with the new Power BI APIs

Last month, Microsoft unveiled the new and improved Power BI, a cloud-based business analytics service for non-technical business users. The new Power BI is available for preview in the US. It has amazing new (HTML5) visuals, data sources, mobile applications, and developer APIs. This post will focus on the new Power BI APIs and how…

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Getting started with Bootstrap and AngularJS (for the SharePoint Developer)

Over past few months I’ve traveled the world talking to developers about building applications with Office 365. One of my favorite topics is building apps with Bootstrap and AngularJS. I like this topic because it illustrates the “new” Microsoft and our commitment to open source technologies. Bootstrap and AngularJS are wildly popular frameworks and we…

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Developing Native iOS Apps using the Office 365 SDK for iOS

Several months ago I authored a post on Developing iOS Apps with Azure and Office 365 APIs. In that post, I leveraged the Azure AD Authentication Library (ADAL) for iOS to authenticate and get resource-specific access tokens for Office 365 data retrieval. At the time of the post, performing REST queries and parsing results was…

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Building a Mail Compose App for Outlook in 9 minutes

Yesterday I authored a post and video illustrating how to build a Task Page App for Office in 7 minutes. The purpose was to show how quickly apps can be developed for Office using the new app model (especially compared to traditional Office plug-in development). I was asked to do a similar video on Mail…

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Building an App for Office in 7 minutes

When I speak to developers about building Apps for Office, I’ll often build an end-to-end app from scratch to illustrate the ease in development. I can usually mock up most scenarios in 5-20min. How so quick? Apps for Office leverage standard web technologies like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS, making most web developers an instant Office…

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