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Since the initial announcement of Apps for Office, originally code-named “Agaves”, this feature of the Office Suite has been under emphasized and all too often overlooked. Apps for Office, mini ...

Since the initial announcement of Apps for Office, originally code-named “Agaves”, this feature of the Office Suite has been under emphasized and all too often overlooked. Apps for Office, mini applications that extend what you can do with the new version of Office, is a highly potent platform which is built into the Office Suite that can be leveraged to increase business productivity.

During this session targeted to Business Decision Makers, we will take a look at what Apps for Office entails, how it can be used to add value to your business through real world scenarios, and understand what opportunities the platform can open up for your business to maximize your existing investment in the Office Suite. By the end, you will have learned how to unlock this powerful tool and immediately increase the productivity of your organization.

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  • Atrion – New England Consultancy, Global 50 MSP, Cisco Partner of the Year, Microsoft Managed PartnerBlogTwitterLinkedInBookSpursLonghornsJags
  • Before looking into 2013, it’s good have look back on the history of the SharePoint to see how did we end up here and what were the options. your way through the progression – don’t linger, just call out a point or two eachFinal main point is that now SharePoint is opened up to extensibility using standard Web technologies – so your web developer’s skills now translate to SharePoint extensibility.
  • From an architecture perspective – it’s about where your code is running and what are the implications of it running there.Full trust solutionsYou’re missing control, since we basically grant full access rights for the code across our application and in servers. In previous versions you could have provided limited access, but that was difficult to do and was not used that often. In general, deployments caused service outages on the servers, since there’s really no way to update the server without at least recycling the application pool. SandboxOur customization story basically grew up a little bit or from an Administrative perspective we gained some control. This was introduced in 2010… too strict from server side API level which developers have been used to use and client side APIs were also so limited that even though you could have implement some solutions, but not many did so.App model- With the App Model, development is growing up with key objectives being on control, trust and management.
  • The basic components of an app for Office are an XML manifest file and a webpage. The manifest defines various settings and points to the webpage that implements the app UI and custom logic
  • Appetizing your line of business data
  • Using the Office StoreEnd-users to find apps in the public marketplace Microsoft validates & signs all marketplace appsValidates app manifest markup, that the app does not include disallowed elements & features that have a scope broader than Web“Validation Policies for the apps submitted to the Office Store”http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/jj220035.aspx“Checklist for submitting an app to the Office Store”http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn356576.aspxFor App publishers, monetize your app!“Microsoft Seller Dashboard FAQ”http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn336975.aspx
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  • Decide on the purpose of the app.Ask the following questions:How is the app useful? How does it help people to be more productive?What are the scenarios where people can use its features?Decide the most important features and scenarios and focus your design around those scenarios. Identify the data and data source for the app.Is the data in a document, workbook, project, or about an item or items in a mailbox? Is the data from an external source such as a web service?Identify the type of app and Office host applications that best support the purpose of the app.Consider the following to identify the scenarios where people will use the app:Will people use the app to enrich the content of a document? If so, you may want to consider creating a content app. Currently, you can create content apps for Excel and Excel Web App.Will people use the app while viewing an email message or appointment? Is being able to expose the app according to the current context important? Is making the app available on not just the desktop but also the tablet or smartphone a priority?If your answer to any of the prior questions is yes, you may want to consider creating a mail app. Currently, you can create mail apps for the Outlook rich client, Outlook Web App and OWA for Devices, if your mailbox resides on an Exchange Server. You should then identify the context that will trigger your app (for example, specific message types, the presence of an attachment, address, task suggestion, or meeting suggestion, or certain string patterns in the contents of an email or appointment). See Activating mail apps in Outlook clients to find out how you can contextually activate the mail app.Will people use the app to enhance the viewing or authoring experience of a document? If so, you may want to consider creating a task pane app. Currently, you can create task pane apps for Excel, Excel Web App, PowerPoint, Project, and Word.Design and implement the user experience and user interface for the app.Design a fast and fluid user experience that is consistent, easy to learn, with primary scenarios that require only a few steps to complete. Depending on the purpose of the app, make use of third party APIs or web services to fulfill the scenarios.You can choose from a variety of web development tools and use HTML and JavaScript to implement the user interface.Create an XML manifest file based on the app for Office schema.Create an XML manifest to identify the app and its capabilities, specify the locations of the HTML and any JavaScript and CSS files that the app uses and, depending on the type of the app, the default size and permissions.You can specify the context, based on the selected message or appointment, under which your app is relevant and you would like Outlook to make it available for use in the user interface. You should also decide the devices that you want the app to support. In the manifest, specify the context as activation rules and the supported devices.Install and test the app.Place the HTML files and any JavaScript and CSS files on the web servers that are specified in the app manifest file. The process to install an app depends on the type of the app.Install the mail app into an Exchange mailbox, and specify the location of the app manifest file in the Exchange Admin Center (EAC). For more information about installing mail apps, see the examples in How to: Install sample mail apps in Outlook and Deploying and installing mail apps for testing in Outlook.See the following topics for more information about testing and debugging mail apps:Troubleshooting mail apps activationSample: Debug properties of Outlook itemsHow to: Extract entity strings from an Outlook itemDiagnostics objectPublish the app.You can submit the app to the Office Store, from which customers can install the app. In addition, you can publish task pane and content apps to a private folder app catalog on SharePoint or to a shared network folder, and you can deploy a mail app directly on an Exchange Server for your organization. For details, see Publishing your app for Office.Updating the appIf your app calls a web service, and if you make updates to the web service after publishing the app, you do not have to republish the app. However, if you change any items or data you submitted for your app, such as the app manifest, screenshots, icons, HTML or JavaScript files, you will need to republish the app. In particular, if you have published the app to the Office Store, you'll need to resubmit your app so that the Office Store can implement those changes. You must resubmit your app with an updated app manifest that includes a new version number. You must also make sure to update the app version number in the submission form to match the new manifest's version number. For mail apps, you should make sure the Id element contains a different UUID in the app manifest.
  • O365 Developer Vision has something for all developers everywhere :  Engaging solutions across Office and custom mobile / web appsConnected services Open platform. Flexible Tools.
  • I think that for the roadmap you can count on expanding the Office 365 APIs for them to use as backend servicesyou can expect us investing in and expanding the Office 365 UX API capabilities to use as front endYou can expect tighter integration with Azure for the platform servicesand tighter integration and expanded tooling capabilities with Visual Studio :) 
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  • #SPC294 • Senior Technical Director, SharePoint • SharePoint Server MVP • Microsoft PTSP • Blog: www.sharepointlonghorn.com • Twitter: @sharepointlhorn • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jasonhimmelstein • SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/jasonhimmelstein • Email: jase@sharepointlonghorn.com • Author of Developing Business Intelligence Apps for SharePoint – http://bit.ly/SharePointBI Booth #2140
  • #SPC294 Learn about the Cloud App model & its ROI Understand the real world value of Apps for Office Unlock the power of your investment
  • #SPC294 Evolution of Applications Intro to Apps for Office Value Proposition of Apps for Office Demo Real World Scenario Discuss the newly announced Agenda for the session
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  • #SPC294 SharePoint Application Evolution              
  • #SPC294 Architecture of SharePoint customizationsFull Trust Solutions No real control Support is difficult Upgrades are challenging Securing code to run in hosted environments is effectively impossible SP Code More custom code: aspx, dlls, web services, GAC SP Code Sandboxed Custom Code Sandbox Partial control Way too strict for developers Hard to maintain and expand Managed by your self App Model Control, Trust, Manage App code (client or server) SP Code Isolated App client side code Host/language independent Management and update easily doable per app Emphasizes reusability No server side or sandbox code, greatly improved CSOM
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  • #SPC294  Ribbon accessibility  Backstage  Account integration  Sync to SharePoint  Co-authoring  Apps for Office
  • #SPC294 Evolution of Applications Intro to Apps for Office Value Proposition of Apps for Office Demo Real World Scenario Discuss the newly announced Agenda
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  • #SPC294  Basically a webpage that is hosted inside an Office client application inserted from the Ribbon
  • #SPC294 An App in Action
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  • #SPC294 Application Supported types Excel 2013 •Task pane •Content Excel Web App •Task pane •Content Word 2013 •Task pane Outlook 2013 •Mail OWA for Devices •Mail Outlook Web App •Mail PowerPoint 2013 •Task pane Project Professional 2013 •Task pane
  • #SPC294 Evolution of Applications Intro to Apps for Office Value Proposition of Apps for Office Demo Real World Scenario Discuss the newly announced Agenda
  • #SPC294 Leveraging your existing investment #SPC294
  • #SPC294  Word  PowerPoint  Excel  Project  Office 365  SharePoint Familiar tools your users know
  • #SPC294  JavaScript  C#  PHP  Python Required skillset Re-use your existing skillsets #SPC294
  • #SPC294 Yes, PHP & Python… Or any other backend language you use Agnostic to your backend, Apps for Office can be used to interact with your LOB system using a web service & JavaScript
  • #SPC294 Climbing without a net
  • #SPC294 Data Cloud Services Business Applications Files Cloud Services Business Applications Files LOB ApplicationBrowser ServiceApplication Sad Sam Happy Sam The value of the Office App
  • #SPC294 Evolution of Applications Intro to Apps for Office Value Proposition of Apps for Office Demo Real World Scenario Discuss the newly announced Agenda
  • #SPC294 • Analyze your businesss & existing Applications • Create a web service layer • Create an App for Office • Train your users • Track productivity
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  • #SPC294 Evolution of Applications Intro to Apps for Office Value Proposition of Apps for Office Demo Real World Scenario Discuss the newly announced Agenda
  • #SPC294 Using the Office Store #SPC294
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  • #SPC294  Decide on the purpose of the app  Identify the data and data source for the app  Identify the type of app and Office host applications  Design and implement user experience & user interface  Create an XML manifest file based on the App  Install and test the app  Publish the app  Updating the app  Sunset the app
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  • #SPC294 Office 365 Platform Flexible Tools
  • #SPC294  Expanding Office 365 APIs  Office 365 UX API capabilities  Better integration with Azure  Expanded tooling capabilities with Visual Studio
  • #SPC294  Tuesday 145p - #SPC385: Building SharePoint Apps with Windows Azure Platform as a Service with Kirk Evans  Wednesday 9a - #SPC300: A strategic and pragmatic conversation on governance with Eric Riz  Wednesday 1045a - #SPC361: Creating Cloud Hosted Line Of Business Applications with Apps for Office, O365, Azure, and WP8 with Todd Baginski & Michael Sherman  Wednesday 5p - #SPC335: Rich extensions to SharePoint Apps using Microsoft Access with Arjun Raja & Gary Devendorf  Thursday 1030a - #SPC270: When should we use SharePoint out-of- the-box, add third-party apps or build custom solutions? with Richard Harbridge
  • #SPC294 Explore articles Connect OfficeSPDev.UserVoice.Com Solve your roadblocks on StackOverflow [Office] and [SharePoint] Build Office Dev Tools for Visual Studio 2013 and Office 365 API Tools for Visual Studio 2013
  • #SPC294 Come to the Atrion Booth #2140 & see me after the session
  • #SPC294 • Senior Technical Director, SharePoint • SharePoint Server MVP • Microsoft PTSP • Blog: www.sharepointlonghorn.com • Twitter: @sharepointlhorn • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jasonhimmelstein • SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/jasonhimmelstein • Email: jase@sharepointlonghorn.com • Author of Developing Business Intelligence Apps for SharePoint – http://bit.ly/SharePointBI Booth #2140
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