Today’s post was written by Pretish Abraham, principal program manager lead for the Outlook team.
Yesterday, at Inbox Love, we announced an exciting new opportunity for developers: Apps for Outlook.com. Next spring, Outlook.com will support third-party apps that will allow users to be more productive than ever, and will allow developers to share their app with our 400 million active customers. The best part, you can start building your apps now—for Outlook Web App—and they’ll work with Outlook.com come spring 2015.
So what exactly do we mean by Apps for Outlook.com? Last March, we introduced Office 365 as a platform for developers, and spoke about our new APIs and tools that let developers build solutions directly into Office 365–making people more productive at work, at home, at school, and on the road. This time, we’re extending the developer opportunity to include Outlook.com support, which will allow our customers to use your apps in their every-day personal life, increasing their productivity even further.
For Outlook.com customers, these apps can be used in any browser without plugins or extensions, and will be available wherever you log in.
We’ll have more news to share on this topic later, including some exciting partners we’re working with. As for right now, we recommend you start building your apps for Outlook Web App (OWA), so they’re ready to launch within Outlook.com next spring!