A few days ago the Microsoft Office division released a couple of videos that take a jab at Google. The videos star Rob Schneider, Christopher Reid, Ralph Garman and Pete Rose. Check them out below.
The Office 365 blog has a good related post titled “Office is a team player” that can be viewed here.
If you are interested in developing apps for Office 365, SharePoint 2013 or Office 2013, grab the new Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 here: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/office-dev-tools-for-visual-studio
Once installed you will find two new project templates in Visual Studio; App for Office 2013 and App for SharePoint 2013. These two templates provide the necessary plumbing to help you get started building new apps quickly.
Building custom solutions using SharePoint 2010 required a local installation of the server software. The new app model for SharePoint 2013 has changed the way developers will build out their environment. Instead of using a local installation of SharePoint 2013, app developers can use a remote SharePoint 2013 server or SharePoint Online tenant. This new capability reduces the complexity of the developer workstation and reduces the amount of memory and software that needs to be installed. MSDN has a great article explaining how to setup a development environment for building apps for SharePoint on Office 365. I would recommend that developers build solutions using the new SharePoint app model instead of the traditional server-side object model based farm or sandboxed solutions.
Server-side object model based farm or sandboxed solutions can still be created if necessary. If you plan to build solutions using the server-side object model then you will still require a local installation of SharePoint 2013. Because of this requirement, the developer workstation will need at least 16GB of RAM; 24GB is recommended. Steps to setup a local instance of SharePoint 2013 for development can be found on MSDN here.
Organizations that are using SharePoint 2013 on-premises can use their SharePoint instance for development. Steps for configuring your development environment and your on-premises SharePoint environment for creating SharePoint apps can be found on MSDN here.
Microsoft has provided very good documentation and samples for developers to learn how to build apps using SharePoint 2013. I would recommend starting with the article titled Build apps for SharePoint. Additional documentation and samples can be found at http://msdn.microsoft.com/sharepoint
Don’t forget that apps you create for SharePoint 2013 can be published to the SharePoint store where you can make money! You can learn more about publishing your apps by reading the MSDN article titled Publish apps for SharePoint.
Leave me a message below or using the Contact Me! link above if you have published a SharePoint app in the store. I am very interested to see what solutions are created.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
10 am – 11 am (Pacific Time)
A structured approach to identify, select, and deliver project portfolios that align with strategy and maximize ROI using Microsoft Project 2013
Project 2013 (Online or On-Premises) enables organizations to get started quickly, prioritize project portfolio investments, and deliver with the intended business value. It”s the flexible solution for project portfolio management (PPM) and everyday work.
What you’ll learn:
- Provide accurate time and status reporting
- Provide visibility and control delivered through a powerful and flexible reporting platform
- Allow your teams to effectively collaborate throughout the lifecycle
- Capture all requests in a central repository, and the collection of associated meta-data is standardized and simplified
- Allow your executive team to effectively model constraints and select project portfolios that align with their business strategy
- Allow managers to proactively and reactively manage and control resources
- Allow managers to build powerful schedules in the browser or in Project Professional
Who should attend?
- Project Managers
- Program Managers
- Strategic Planning
- IT Application Directors and Managers
- SharePoint Administrators
Alex Wong – Productivity Solutions at Microsoft
David Samoranski- Director at RG Performance Group
Nate Auchter- Project and SharePoint Consultant at RG Performance Group
Each Tuesday at 9am PST the Microsoft Office Division provides free 15-minute Webinars about how to use the Microsoft Office applications.
Click here to view the upcoming webinar schedule. In the schedule you can click on the title’s of the past events to view the recorded session.
Example of past webinars include:
- Unclutter your Outlook inbox
- Intro to OneNote
- Mail Merge
- Creating a form in Word
- PowerPoint 2013: More Ways to impress
- What is an Office subscription?
- Presenting and sharing documents on the go
- Setting margins in Word
Microsoft has released the latest cumulative updates for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. We recommend that you test hotfixes before you deploy them in a production environment. Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous update package. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains the hotfix that you need.
More information: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2639884