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Get Started Building Apps for Office 365, Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013

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.

Free Webast: Do More with Less using Microsoft Project 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
10 am – 11 am (Pacific Time)

Register Here

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
  • Governance

Who should attend?

  • PMO
  • Project Managers
  • Program Managers
  • Strategic Planning
  • CIO
  • 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

Reminder: Free Office webinars every Tusesday

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

Office and SharePoint 2010 Cumulative Update for December 2011

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

Office 2010 Cumulative Update for August 2011

The August 2011 cumulative update packages for Office 2010 and Office 2010 Servers are now available.

The cumulative update packages for August 2011 contain the latest hotfixes for the Microsoft Office 2010 core suite applications and for Microsoft Office 2010 servers.

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.

Knowledgebase Article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2588842

Windows Live–Free Productivity Tools for the Home

In my role at Microsoft I spend the majority of my time presenting and discussing enterprise productivity solutions to state and local government entities.  These solutions enable users to easily collaborate, share, and communicate with each other across vast distances.  Products in these solutions include Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange, Office Web Apps, Lync, and Office 365.

At the conclusion of each presentation I ask the attendees if they are aware of Windows Live and the Windows Live Essentials suite; unfortunately the majority of the attendees answer no.  This is a bit disappointing since Windows Live and Windows Live Essentials provide consumers with a great suite of free productivity tools for the home.  I believe that Windows Live and Windows Live Essentials is one of the best kept secrets… and I want to break the silence!

I believe that Microsoft is the only company that is offering complete productivity solutions for both consumers and the enterprise.  We are not trying to shoehorn enterprise users into a consumer product and we are not taking our enterprise solutions and trying to strip them down for consumer use.

So what exactly is Windows Live Essentials and Windows Live?   Windows Live Essentials is a suite of productivity applications that can be downloaded and used for free.  Windows Live is a set of free online services to compliment the Windows Live Essentials suite.

Windows Live Essentials contains:

  • Messenger – A full featured instant messenger client that offers the ability to do web and voice chat.  Messenger is also integrated with your favorite social networking sites, including Facebook, so you can easily keep up on the latest updates from your friends.   You can also video chat with Xbox Kinect users!
  • Photo Gallery – A tool for organizing, touching up, and sharing your photos.  You can create stunning panoramas,movies and slideshows… and then publish them online.
  • Move Maker – Turn your photos and videos into polished movies that are easy to share.
  • Windows Live Mesh – Keep your photos,documents, internet favorites, office settings, and files in sync between computers and on SkyDrive.
  • Writer – A full featured authoring tool for writing blog posts.  Easily embed photos, videos and maps into your posts.  Works with all popular blogging engines.
  • Family Safety – Provides parents the ability to control and monitor what their children are doing on the computer.  Parents can enable web site filtering / blocking and can also decide what programs a child can run on the computer.
  • Mail – Manage multiple email accounts, calendars and contacts even when you are offline
  • Messenger Companion – See and comment on links your friends have shared as you visit websites with Internet Explorer
  • Bing Bar – Get search results from Bing without leaving the website you’re on
  • Outlook Connector Pack – Enables Microsoft Outlook to connect to Hotmail.
  • Microsoft Silverlight – Access rich, interactive websites that use the Silverlight browser plug-in

When you install Windows Live Essentials you choose which of the features above you wish to install.  You are not required to install the whole package and can pick and choose which features you want.  Visit the Windows Live Essentials 2011 site to download the installer.

Windows Live consists of the following free services:

  • Hotmail – Free personal email system that starts with 5GB of storage and grows as you need it.  Hotmail provides many tools that users come to expect including spam filtering, inbox organizers, conversation view, ability to view and edit office files, and enhanced security features.
  • Messenger Web – Chat with your friends using only a web browser.  Whenever you enter Hotmail you can see who is online and initiate a chat session right from your inbox.
  • SkyDrive – Your free storage place in the cloud.  Upload your files and photos so you can access them from anywhere at anytime.  You can also share and collaborate on files within your SkyDrive by setting permissions on individual files or folders.  SkyDrive provides you 25GB of free storage.  The Windows Live Mesh application which is part of the Windows Live Essentials suite can also automatically sync files from your local computer to your SkyDrive so you can have a safe backup and quick access to your files from any internet connected device.
  • Office Web Apps – This is a feature built into SkyDrive that allows you to create and edit Microsoft Office documents using only a web browser.  You can create or edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files using Office Web Apps in SkyDrive.    Need to read or edit an Office document but don’t have Office installed?  Simply upload the file to SkyDrive and then you will be able to view and edit the file.   Also Office Web Apps on SkyDrive enables co-authoring of documents!   Quickly collaborate and create documents with your friends using the co-authoring features.
  • Profile – Windows Live Profile displays the latest information from your friends all in one location.  Profile is also the one place for everything about you.  It allows you to keep your personal information up to date while controlling your privacy.
  • Contacts – A full featured online address book that allows you to manage all of your Messenger and Hotmail contacts in one place.
  • Hotmail Calendar – Keep track of your busy days!  You can schedule appointments, meetings and special events.   You can also set reminders, sync multiple calendars and let others know when you will be available and when you will be busy.

Not only is Windows Live and Windows Live Essentials available on your PC and in a web browser, most of the functionality can also be used on your mobile devices! The new Windows Phone natively supports many of the Windows Live services including Calendaring, Hotmail and Instant Messaging.   If you don’t have a Windows Phone you can also get Messenger or Hotmail on your iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia devices

So with Windows Live and Windows Live Essentials you have a full set of free productivity tools for use in your home and personal life. If you haven’t tried Windows Live or Windows Live Essentials, try them now and let us know what you think!

The Realities of Google Cloud Connect

The following is an excerpt from a post on the “Why Microsoft” blog.


Google recently released Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office. You might have heard some buzz. When the Cloud Connect beta came out in November 2010, people expressed their frustration with the tool’s ability to deal with the most straight forward tasks. Now that it is available we’ve taken a look to provide Microsoft’s initial perspective on the released add-in.



Update 3/1/2011: Check out the Hands-on review of Cloud Connect from Peter Bright at ars technica.

Direct quote from the article:
All in all, we’re left with the feeling that Cloud Connect is a not-even-version-1 product. Even when working at its best, its user experience was crude and unpolished—and much of the time, it didn’t even work at its best.

October Cumulative Updates for Office and SharePoint

The cumulative update packages for October 2010 contain the latest hotfixes released by Microsoft for Office and SharePoint.

All of the packages for Office 2010 suites, Office 2010 servers, Search Server 2010, FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint, and SharePoint 2010 can be found in KB2449183 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2449183).

All of the packages released for Office 2007 suites, Office 2007 servers, Search Server 2008, and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 can be found in KB2449128 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2449128).

I 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. I recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains the hotfix that you need.

To be notified of new Office and SharePoint cumulative updates, subscribe to the RSS feed at: http://services.social.microsoft.com/feeds/feed/officeandrelatedproductsupdates