Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for July

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.

Welcome to the fifth edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up-to-date with what’s new in Office 365 development.

On July 9th we announced the news that Office 2016 for Mac was released. Currently this includes support for Office Add-ins in Outlook, and our engineering team is working hard to support add-ins in Word, PowerPoint and Excel as well. This means if you have written an Office Add-in that works right now with Office 2013 on Windows desktop, Office Online or Office for iOS, it will also work with the Mac version.

On June 24th, we also announced that Office for Android Phone is generally available. Right now, these apps do not support Office Add-ins, but once our engineers are done with OSX and iOS add-in support, Android is next!

Visual Studio 2015 will also be released on July 20th with an online streamed Connect() event that is well worth watching! Based on your feedback we made improvements for Office 365 developers, including an updated Add Connected Service wizard.

Yesterday we announced a new dedicated Channel 9 show, The Office Dev Show, devoted to all things Office 365 development-related. The show, hosted by Sonya Koptyev, will include guests from the Office 365 Extensibility engineering team, as well as key community members. The show will feature new code and capabilities that have been added for devs to customize the Office platform, including the desktop, online and mobile versions as well as a series on how to “Get Started” building on the platform.

We also announced that Office 365 users gain one-click access to third-party apps through a new Office 365 Store tile on the app launcher and Store link in the My Apps page. This will dramatically increase the exposure of your products in the Office 365 Store. We are seeing more and more products want to be a first-class citizen of the Office 365 experience across all our workloads and not just inside Office apps and SharePoint.

There are new activity logging and reporting capabilities through the Office 365 Management Activity API. The capabilities here will continually grow over time, and if you are an ISV, there is a program where you can submit your interest.

We have just published a bunch of new hands-on labs for APIs that we announced in a preview of Build/Ignite at dev.office.com/training. Check out over 80 labs, including File Handler, Groups API, Unified API and Video Portal APIs, which you can take in your own time for free at dev.office.com/training.

We worked closely to get a case study published about how Blue Meteorite in Finland transformed their on-premises SharePoint Farm Solution intranet product to the SharePoint Add-in model. For more information on how to transform your product, please visit dev.office.com/transform.

Our team also created a new Reddit sub-reddit to encourage contributions and a FlipBoard magazine to keep up-to-date with news around Office 365 development!

I encourage you all to engage with us on the Office 365 Technical Network with your questions.

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Dev documentation

The Microsoft Content Publishing team works hard producing documentation to help developers learn our platform. Here are the key new and updated articles for this month:

Solution guidance (SharePoint)

Office Add-ins

Office integration

Office 365 APIs

SharePoint Add-ins

For more documentation check out Office developer documentation.

Code samples

Our team is continually on the lookout for new code samples to help you jump-start your own projects. Here is a list of the most recent new and updated samples from Microsoft as well as the dev community.

Most recent Office 365 Dev podcasts

Since joining Microsoft last year, I have been running around campus interviewing people about various dev topics. If you would like to hear me interview someone on a particular topic, please submit your suggestions in the Yammer group, and I’ll go hunt the relevant people down to interview.

Here are the most recent podcast interviews:

For more podcasts check out dev.office.com/podcasts.

Patterns and practices

The Microsoft Patterns and Practices team is working hard to release samples to show the power of SharePoint Add-ins. Don’t forget to join the monthly community calls to hear the updates from them directly on Skype for Business and the previously launched Skype Developer Platform (developer.skype.com).

Here are the latest updates from the team:

For more on patterns and practices check out dev.office.com/patterns-and-practices. All questions related on released materials and guidance can be added to our Yammer group at OfficeDevPnPYammer.

Dev community blog posts

The Office 365 dev community has been busy this month. It is exciting to see the effort people put into their posts in their spare time to share with the community.

Check out these articles from the Microsoft field, MVPs and more:

Office Store

Companies across the globe are extending the value of Office every day with Office Add-ins. See how these solutions are making a difference at real companies by watching their stories on betterwith.office.com! We have two new videos for you to check out.

Upcoming events

There are plenty of events on the horizon…don’t miss out on these great events with Office 365 content. Our team looks forward to meeting you all at these events, so don’t be shy come say hello at the Office 365 booth!

Aug. 18–20 SharePoint Fest, Seattle
Oct. 12 Unity Connect, Amsterdam
Oct. 14 DevIntersection, Amsterdam
Oct. 26 DevIntersection, Las Vegas
Nov. 9–12 European SharePoint conference

For more events check out dev.office.com/events.

Until next month, please join our community discussions at www.yammer.com/itpronetwork and follow us on @OfficeDev on Twitter and on Facebook.

Also, be sure to follow along with us on our daily developer mission: Jeremy Thake (@jthake), Chris Johnson (@loungflyz), Sonya Koptyev (@SonyaKoptyev), Dave Pae (@davidpae) and Jim Epes (@j_epes).

—Jeremy Thake