TechEd 2013: Microsoft Office & SharePoint 2013 Development: Introduction to the New Cloud App Model

25 Jun 2013
June 25, 2013

Session by Rolando Jimenez

Build a new class of apps that extend and personalize the way we create and consume information right from within Office…

  • More than 700.000 SharePoint Developers.
  • Cloud is the focus (surprise)


Demo in Excel: Apps for Office right from the ribbon. Rolando showed a funny app “Bubbles” where you can visualize data in bubbles. He used existing JavaScript Frameworks, so it was easy to create.

2nd demo in Excel: Again visualization, this time it’s a country visualization. Additionally he pulled data from WolframAlpha into excel, the last one is very cool for natural queries. He added the population of a given country from one column into another column – good stuff!

3rd demo: Rolando showed AvePoint Meetings – apparently the first time it did not work – but generally the idea behind it is simple and very cool.



SharePoint 2007 = Full trust solutions (powerful but potentially dangerous)
SharePoint 2010 = Sandboxed solutions (too limited, restricted) and client side applications
SharePoint 2013 = Apps, Apps, Apps

More demos!

Next demos where in Visual Studio – Rolando showed how to create data in lists and libraries, create Tasks and the usual stuff. Then he showed how to create a Windows Phone App to connect to SharePoint.

Outook App: The integration is very cool. Outlook recognized that there is related content in SharePoint and showed the corresponding Task from.

My Evaluation

So many demos and impressions – I definitely see potential here. Memo to myself: Spent more time with it.

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Max Melcher

Maximilian Melcher (MCSE, MCPD) is a Principal Consultant working at Alegri International Services in Munich, Germany. Max is a specialist in SharePoint technologies focused on search, social computing, web content management and collaboration. Max has led SharePoint implementations for Dax 30 companies since 2009.
Max’s free time is spent on twitter (@maxmelcher) mostly with a good coffee in his hands.
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