Self-Service Site Provisioning using Apps for SharePoint 2013

NOTE: Site Provisioning using apps has been better addressed by myself and others in the community on the Office AMS project published on codeplex. You are highly encouraged to reference that material over this. I would also discourage the use of Autohosted apps for this type of customization. Thanks!   I’ve always been a big…

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Corporate YouTube and Video Delivery via SharePoint 2013

Want to deliver an internal/corporate “YouTube” for your organization using SharePoint?  Looking to maximize your SharePoint deployment by incorporating video/media delivery?  Worried about the storage/bandwidth implications of allowing anyone in the enterprise to contribute video/media?  Then then post if for you!  I will outline a solution that addresses many of the limitations to native media…

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Leveraging SharePoint dialogs in Apps for SharePoint

One of the creative ways Apps for SharePoint can be exposed in a site is through the SharePoint dialog.  In this way, apps can deliver contextual capabilities to a SharePoint site.  Dialogs will typically be launched from custom actions in the app.  In this post I will discuss how to launch an app through the…

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Combining Apps for SharePoint and Apps for Office

One of the interesting capabilities of the new SharePoint/Office app models is combining them to deliver complete real-world solutions.  In fact, an app for SharePoint can contain/embed an App for Office.  Combining apps can lead to some powerful scenarios.  Imagine an expense report app for Office that interacted with Word to assemble a complete expense…

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Real-world Apps for SharePoint 2013 – Kudos (Part 2)

Several months ago I wrote a post about building real-world apps for SharePoint 2013.  In that post, I walked through the creation of an employee recognition app for SharePoint 2013 called Kudos.  The original Kudos app leveraged SharePoint lists for storage and wasn’t very configurable.  In this post, we’ll evolve the Kudos app to address…

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Real-world Apps for SharePoint 2013 – Kudos (Part 1)

In this two part series, I will explore developing real-world solutions via apps for SharePoint 2013.  Part 1 will focus on the basic app delivery without complex tenancy considerations (the solution will store all information in a list on the tenant).  In part 2, we will explore tenancy considerations in the Office Marketplace for solutions leveraging…

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Optimizing User Experience of Apps for SharePoint 2013

The User Experience Challenge Just a decade ago iframes were frowned upon on the web. Not all browsers supported them and some organizations even applied browser policies to block iframes. Fast-forward to today and iframes are a staple of web development and the cornerstone of both the Facebook and SharePoint 2013 app architecture. But that…

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