Comments are the spice of a blogger’s life. I’ve recently started reading the online version of my hometown newspaper. I started because my alma mater lost its football coach. He’s not lost, he took another job. And now the search is on for a new coach. This is high drama in West Texas. With all the drama, you’d think my alma mater was good at football. We are not. We are mediocre with a few standout seasons.
I bring this up because while reading the hometown news (here and here) , I have been greatly humored by the comments. I could care less about the articles. I love hearing what the “home-towners” have to say. They don’t hold anything back. They have opinions… emotions… and a lack of manners. It’s great stuff.
All I’m saying is, I’d like to see some comments. I want to know what you are thinking, experiencing, feeling. Actually, I’m lying about wanting to know what you are feeling.
Most of the time this is a one-way conversation and that is to your detriment. I’m much more fun when I have something to rift off of. So today, I have a question to get us started talking to each other:
Are the Apps for Office & SharePoint worthy of your time, talent, & resources?
What do you think? Are you building apps for the Office app store? Do you think Apps for Office is a viable platform?
Office news & editorials!
- Building apps for PowerPoint! :: I ‘m glad to see the Office Extensibility Team isn’t sitting around. If this is a sign of things to come, we can expect more apps and more API features without the requisite 3 year wait.
- When should I choose to create a mail app versus an add-in for Outlook? :: This is substantive & thoughtful post. The mail apps are a new API and are not meant to replace COM add-ins (VSTO is COM-based too). This post defines the boundaries of each.
- Windows 8 can’t afford to fail like Vista :: From the “Microsoft is Doomed” department. Windows 8 won’t fail. The trouble for Windows 8 is twofold: 1) Windows 7 is great and there is no compelling reason to upgrade if you run anything besides a tablet. 2) If you have a tablet it probably runs iOS or Android.
- Google Apps is no longer free :: Google made a smart move here. The people using the free version of Google Apps are not going to pay for Office 365 either. So, might as well start charging for it across the board.
- Microsoft should be worried about Google’s recent move :: Microsoft is surrounded! They are doomed! Doomed I say! As this guy opines, because Google now charges a fee for Google Apps… Microsoft should be worried?
- Microsoft pushes ‘Cloud-First’ approach with SharePoint 2013 :: MSFT didn’t build a bunch of data centers just to see them sit there while everyone installs on-premises software (not on-premise. Premise != Premises. Words mean things people!) .
Office tips, tricks & tools
- OWA 2013: Replace Outlook? :: Nope. Nippy. Nope. It’s good, I’ll give it that. B.U.T. Until OWA has a decent extensibility model? FUHGETABOUTIT!
- Use Outlook.com for email with your personal domain :: Microsoft and Google definitely have their guns pointed at each other. The good news is it benefits us.
- How to connect a SharePoint library to Microsoft Outlook :: Connecting SharePoint to Outlook is a good way to access SharePoint docs without navigating to SharePoint. If you have done this before, give it a try.
- Outlook Blog – Reorder your folders, any way you like ‘em :: Finally. Order your folders how you want. Is this feature in Windows 8?
- New Book: Team Collaboration: Using Microsoft Office for More Effective Teamwork :: It’s a marketing pamphlet disguised as a book!
Office developer items of note
- Introduction to SharePoint 2013 App Model :: Everything is an app in SharePoint now… and other relevant details.
- SharePoint 2013 apps versus webparts for developers :: Before you ask… yes, I’m focusing on the SharePoint App model today.
- Solving cross-domain problems in apps for SharePoint :: This is an important concept. If you are moving from the COM addin world to the Apps for Office world… you must read this article.
- Get started with Office Web Apps in Office 365 :: There is no time like the present. Pretend to listen to your next conference call and get going! Your future awaits you.
- LightSwitch Community & Content Rollup–November 2012 :: I said I would start including LightSwitch content and I try really hard not to lie. Here I am, not lying. Consider this a promise fulfilled.
- New LightSwitch VS 2012 “How Do I?” Videos released!:: Twice! (see above).