‘Office 365 Development’ category archive

Outlook Online & Google Mail for developers – What’s the difference?

We've previously explored the different options for developing gadgets for Gmail as well as what options are available to developers to create apps that run on both the desktop and web editions of Microsoft Office. The two platforms are very different and offer varying degrees of customizations... Read the rest of this entry →

Excel Online & Google Sheets for developers – what’s the difference?

In the last few weeks we've covered a lot of aspects of both Google Sheets and Excel Online and we've seen that both platforms offer developers various options to customize and integrate with. In this article we'll evaluate what we've learned so far about Google Sheets and Excel Online and compare the two platforms and what it means for developers ... Read the rest of this entry →

Creating Apps for Microsoft Outlook

In today's article we'll build a similar app for Outlook for the gadget we've build in my last post. Our app will use the subject line of an e-mail to check for search results on the Add-in Express forums and blogs besides we'll also provide our user with the option to perform a manual search... Read the rest of this entry →

Google add-ons vs Microsoft Office Apps: Read/Write tests

We've been spending a lot of time with the Office/Productivity offerings from Google (Google Drive/Docs/Sheets) and Microsoft (Office 365, SharePoint, Word, Excel) and both of these two platforms have some drawbacks, but also some redeeming factors... Read the rest of this entry →

How to create Excel Apps for Office 365

About a week ago we explored the aspects of extending Google Spreadsheets by creating Apps scripts. In that example, we created a sidebar and custom menus with which the user could specify the orientation their current selection could be changed to. In today's article, we'll attempt the same functionality, but this time using the Napa development tools for Office 365. ... Read the rest of this entry →

How to create Word Apps for Office 365

We thought that after we investigated how to create customization for Google Docs and Google Sheets, it is about time we tackle the Napa Office 365 development tools again. We'll create a Task Pane app for Microsoft Word, similar to the one we created for Google Docs that will allow the user to shuffle either the selected words, sentences or paragraphs in a Microsoft Word document... Read the rest of this entry →

Apps for Office revisited

If you have been reading this blog, (I hope) you read the post I wrote proclaiming the Office App Store dead-on-arrival (DOA). I want to revisit this topic to see how well my thoughts of nearly a year ago stood-up... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire: Office for iOS is here… the rumors are true

Office Mobile for iPhone is now available for Office 365 subscribers. The fact is that Office for iOS only supports the iPhone. Microsoft if fighting a multi-front war. They can’t simply release Office for iOS and have it support both the iPhone and the iPad. If they did that it would kill the Surface tablet ... Read the rest of this entry →

Office 2013 is for sale; Office App Store already dead; COM Add-ins alive and well

As you know, Office 2013 is now available for purchase. Like all editions before it, Office 2013 is, "the best Office yet". If it weren't, I sure hope MSFT wouldn't release it. I don't think, "This version is quite as good as the last version" works as a tagline... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire: Microsoft, burn the boats already!

Microsoft find themselves in an entirely new and foreign landscape. The successes of their past will not help them here. The demands are new. The language is different. People here do not work as they do in the old country of their past. Microsoft must find it within themselves to match wits with their enemies and succeed... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire :: Microsoft Releases Office 2013

Three days ago, Microsoft surprised us all by releasing Office 2013. I wasn't expecting it to happen until March. Maybe Office for iOS will arrive in March instead. Who knows?! That's why this is fun to watch... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire: Microsoft Office 2013 will not be free

It's eerie, the quiet. Office 2013 went RTM something like three years ago. It feels that way to me at least. Not much new is going on (publicly at least) except for the blog posts from the various Office teams. It's all quiet here on the Western front... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire: A new year. A new Microsoft?

A new year, a new Microsoft roadmap. Here is some palace intrigue. The editorial is based on an old/stale PowerPoint slide but that doesn’t prevent it from being interesting. If it can be trusted, looks like the Office 16 is planned for 2015... ... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire: Are Apps for Office & SharePoint worthy of your time?

Today I have a question to get us started talking to each other. Are the Apps for Office and SharePoint worthy of your time, talent and resources? What do you think? Are you building apps for the app store? Do you think Apps for Office is a viable platform? Bring it! ... Read the rest of this entry →

How to create an Excel Content Pane App

Last we spoke, I was dealing with the limitations of the Apps for Office development model. This time, I played it straight and didn't try to exceed its limits. I thought life would be simple. I'd find a decent API to use for pulling in some data to Excel via a Content App. Simple right? ... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire: Should Office become the operating system?

Because Microsoft has thrust upon us new version of Windows and Office, there is a lot of prognosticating by those who make a living prognosticating. When it comes to predicting the future, I believe the best advice is to do what the best weather people (man or woman) do... Read the rest of this entry →

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