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Microsoft overhauls enterprise Office and SharePoint app development

Tim Greene | Aug. 10, 2012
With the introduction of Office 2013 Preview, Microsoft has overhauled how business developers write Office and SharePoint applications and how users access them while at the same time giving IT administrators the ability to control which applications are available to users.

Development of applications is effectively being extended to any Web developer, not just developers trained in Microsoft programming. These new apps can be written using HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3 and others that are familiar to Web developers.

The same cloud application model applies to SharePoint, and there is a separate SharePoint app store as well.

Developers can submit applications to the store, and if they are approved by Microsoft, can be sold there at an 80-20 split, with developers getting 80%. Developers can also set the price within a range to be determined later and the licensing conditions, Riley says.

To try out Apps for Office and Apps for SharePoint, apply for an Office 365 Developer's pass.



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