Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for November

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

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

This week has been an exciting week, with the Microsoft Graph being announced as generally available. It’s a great time for developers to start exploring our production ready APIs and also to start experimenting with the new APIs that have been introduced into Preview. There is a ton of great content published on the Connect(); Channel 9 site that can be consumed in video format too.

I have attended some hackathon events this month that produced some exciting results. Check out the submissions from the European SharePoint Conference in Stockholm, the AngularConnect conference in London and DevIntersections in Amsterdam.

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:

Microsoft Graph

Office add-ins

Office 365 APIs

New OneDrive SDKs are available for:

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.

  • Repo Report—Repo Report is an Outlook add-in made with Angular that scans your emails for GitHub repository links and displays information about the ones it finds.
  • OneDriveAPIBrowser—A Windows Forms app that allows you to browse your OneDrive files and metadata. This sample uses the OneDrive SDK for C#.

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, and we have started to grow the program to other topics as well. Don’t forget to join the monthly community calls to hear the updates from them directly with demos on latest released samples and solutions.

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

First, some news: the Store is revamping its merchandizing algorithm to improve relevance and accuracy of top results—and is planning to roll out features that better spotlight our top-ranked solutions and Office App Award winners. Stay tuned for more info on this in the next month or so.

Next, pay a visit to betterwith.office.com to see the latest version of our customer evidence videos. We have just published our first in a series of education-focused videos with a look at how a Florida aeronautics school uses Poll Everywhere in the classroom.

Meanwhile, developers have published a raft of top-quality new add-ins and web apps in the Store—nearly two dozen in the last month have won top or near-top ratings from the Store Validation team for performance, business value, ease of use and other metrics. Some of our longtime partners, like Smartsheet, DocuSign, PayPal, Salesforce, iGlobe and Sensei, published updates that also won top marks.

Some of the top new entries include:

Smart Connect for Oracle Sales CloudSmart Connect for Oracle Sales Cloud
By InvisibleSolutions
This free Outlook add-in instantly connects Exchange and Office 365 with the Oracle Sales Cloud.

SPZip LibSPZip Lib
By ItsZap Inc.
SPZip Lib is a paid SharePoint add-in utility (with a free trial) that allows users to download files or folders from SharePoint as a ZIP file. It’s offered in several languages and is one of a half-dozen Store add-ins by this developer.

BeyondCore Analyst for Office
By BeyondCore (with a second add-in for Outlook)
This ISV has produced two top add-ins that help users with one-click statistical analysis and validation with explanatory text right within the body of the Office document. This version works with Word, Excel and PowerPoint; a second version works with Outlook.

Other highly regarded new offerings include:

  • Goodpoint CSV Uploader—A SharePoint add-in that enables users to export CSV files into SharePoint lists.
  • Sharefile Connector for Office 365—Enables users to access and edit SharePoint and OneDrive for Business accounts from Sharefile, enabling greater organizational flexibility on where to store files.
  • Sage Live Reporter—The latest addition to the Sage accounting-system family of add-ins that enables users to do financial reporting within Excel, based on objects in their Sage Live application.
  • Annotate by NomisClature, which enables users of Word and Excel to annotate sections of their documents with text, images, videos, lists and links.
  • Jedox Social Analytics for Excel—Lets users analyze data from Twitter with the help of the Jedox GPU Accelerator. Includes geographic analysis and provides analysis of what people are saying about your brand or company.
  • Officelink—A Word and Excel add-in that enables authorized access to report data and layout objects from the IDL-Report-Catalog, a service from Germany’s IDL Beratung.

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, so don’t be shy—come say hello at the Office 365 booth!

December 1–3, 2015 AnDevCon 2015: Office 365 Developer Hackathon
Santa Clara, California
February 21–24, 2016 SPTechCon: The SharePoint Technology Conference
Austin, Texas

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 at @OfficeDev on Twitter and on Facebook.

Also, be sure to follow along with us on our daily developer mission: Jeremy Thake (@jthake), Sonya Koptyev (@SonyaKoptyev), Richard DiZerega (@richdizz), Vesa Juvonen (@vesajuvonen) and Jim Epes (@j_epes).

—Jeremy Thake