Hi from the first full day of the European SharePoint Conference! In SharePoint 2013, we are reminded that there are three great new virtues – social, search and apps, Ludovic Hauduc from Microsoft is presenting his keynote on the power of the new Microsoft cloud app model and the ability to integrate apps across Office and SharePoint.
His first example is adding Bing Maps to visualize Excel data – and the resulting file can be used across Office clients and the browser. He's also showed Bing image search apps tied to Word. Simple, but quick.
Then he demoed using Bing and LinkedIn Outlook apps in the full client and OWA. Great to see a uniform experience across the web and Outlook. Finally he showed off a yet-unreleased Microsoft SharePoint app to add task assignments and workflow directly from a pane in PowerPoint to create tasks that flow to a user's My Site task list.
He's spent a lot of time on the Office side of things but there's a lot more to SharePoint apps still to come. A little history:
- SharePoint 2007: all code is trusted and runs inside SharePoint
- SharePoint 2010: the sandbox offers some isolation for custom extended server code, with new support for client object model.
- SharePoint 2013: the new _api provides ability to host apps in the cloud, on premises, or in SharePoint using multiple platforms integrated with REST (LAMP, Ruby, Java, etc.,)
Apps, again, can be hosted in a datacenter, autohosted, or elsewhere in the cloud. And apps can provide full page user experiences, or be limited to a "part" or a UI item.
And now he's showing a new Microsoft internal SharePoint app for recruitment and candidate tracking, hosted in Office 365. As a result, it's the third most used site in MSIT (1.4MM clicks/month).
Ludovic is demoing adding, oh, any app from the Store. And he's using the free Dell Social Hub – available now on the Microsoft SharePoint App Store.
Finally, the 'Napa' codename project provides a way for a developer to create new apps inside a browser without Visual Studio. It's scripty (not a word) but still a lot simpler than Visual Studio.
Overall, a very fast tour of the SharePoint and Office app experience, and one that should fire up the professional and citizen developers to get out there and learn more.
I'm here all week
Please come visit me at the Dell booth or at any of my sessions listed below:
- Future-Proof Your SharePoint Solutions – A Case Study and Upgrade Demo - Wednesday 6th: 10.15-11.15
- SharePoint Vendor Shootout – Upgrade/Migration 14.00
- The New Frontiers: I Have Excel, I Need PerformancePoint and Power View, and I'm Afraid of Analysis Services - Thursday 7th - 15.15-16.15
- SharePoint European Community Awards – Thursday 7th 11.45 – 12.45
Copenhagen is great – warmer than Boston! Big, clean, old and new, side by side.