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The Garage Series for Office 365: What’s new in the world of apps for Office?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:40

This week hosts Jeremy Chapman and Richard diZerega explore what’s new in the new world of apps for Office. They look at the top 5 new features including amazing content apps for PowerPoint, Excel APIs for formatting, content apps for Access, mail APIs for body and attachments and compose mail apps. Watch as Richard masterfully demonstrates all of this along the way.

Last week we caught up with Jeremy Thake to talk about the apps for Office model itself and what is new, different and better versus the more traditional extensibility options in Office, SharePoint and Exchange. This week we examine things that have recently been added as new capabilities to the apps for Office model itself. The great thing about the cloud and its agile development is that the extensibility platform itself can continually evolve. So we highlight the top 5 recent additions and enhancements to the apps for Office model.

Instead of give everything away in the blog, I’ll encourage you to watch the show. Richard is always one of the best Garage Series cohosts and here he doesn’t disappoint as he presents the apps for Office model and shows few awesome demonstrations in PowerPoint, mail, Excel and even Access that you don’t want to miss.

Next time, we’ll hit the road again as we put Office 365 offline and device support to the test in the deserts and waterways surrounding Dubai.

See you then!

Jeremy Chapman

More resources

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Garage Series Season 1 Blog Archive

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Office 365 Garage Series Apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8


About the Garage Series hosts

By day, Jeremy Chapman works at Microsoft, responsible for optimizing the future of Office client and service delivery as the senior deployment lead. Jeremy’s background in application compatibility, building deployment automation tools and infrastructure reference architectures has been fundamental to the prioritization of new Office enterprise features such as the latest Click-to-Run install. By night, he is a car modding fanatic and serial linguist. Richard diZerega is a Technology Solutions Professional in Dallas, TX, where he helps large enterprise customers architect solutions. Although a developer at heart, he’s spent a good portion of the last decade architecting SharePoint-centric solutions in the areas of Search, Portals/Collaboration, Content/Document Management, and Business Intelligence.

Spice up your Access app with apps for Office

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 10:00

Apps for Office are custom add-ons you can plug into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and SharePoint to add powerful features. Today we’re introducing the ability to add apps for Office to Access apps, the online databases you create in Access 2013.

You can use an app for Office to integrate data from outside services in your Access app, such as reading stock prices. Apps for Office can also display the data in your Access app visually, such as on a map, in a chart, or in a graph. In this video, we show an example app used to track concession sales data across the U.S. Then we plot the data on a Bing map for quick analyses by inserting the Access Bing Maps app for Office into the Access app.

Video: Video: Map your data with Access apps

Map your data with Access apps.

For a much more detailed run-through of Access apps and how apps for Office plug into them, watch the webcast presented by Access team members Gary Devendorf and Andrew Johnson: Apps for Office Comes to Access Web Apps.

For help creating an Access app and then adding an app for Office, check out these links:

– Matt Evans

Register now for May 27 user group session: No-code SharePoint solutions with Access 2013

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 09:45

Join us in Dublin on May 27 to learn how to build native SharePoint 2013 apps with Access 2013—no code skills required. With a rich UI and backed by SQL Server, the apps need little to no IT support. Microsoft Access team members Kevin Bell and Kevin Nickel will show you how end users can quickly build and customize native SharePoint applications with Access 2013 without writing any code.

Register now for this free event hosted by the SharePoint User Group Ireland at 6:30pm on May 27 at the Morgan Bar Hotel in downtown Dublin.

Register now: UK Access User Group National Seminar May 20

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 00:05

Join us Tuesday, May 20 for the UK Access User Group Spring 2014 National Seminar at the Easthampstead Park Conference Centre. This 1-day seminar will include 5 sessions presented by Steve Girling from Dentons Directories, Access MVP Karl Donaubauer, and US Access team members Kevin Bell and Kevin Nickel.

A Few of My Favourite Things
Presenter: Steve Girling, Dentons Directories
Steve will show some real world examples from recent Access projects, including postcode lookup, Google integration, pdf files and text messages.

Improvements to Access 2013 Web Apps
Presenter: Kevin Bell, Microsoft USA
It’s been just over a year since Access Services 2013 has been publicly available on Office 365. In that time, the Access team has been making the service more robust. In this session, we will walk through some of the subtle and not-so-subtle changes that have been deployed, plus one special change coming soon.

New in Access 2013 Web Apps
Presenter: Kevin Nickel, Microsoft USA
Ever wish email could do more for you or a calendar appointment could be more dynamic? When you’re building a database or creating a spreadsheet, is there something that could help you to present data in a different way? Now you can build an app for these tasks–and many more–using Apps for Office and then make them available for sale in the Office online store.

Presence and Future of Access
Presenter: Karl Donaubauer
Karl will facilitate a discussion session to look at how we build Access applications, the day-to-day issues that arise and how we can resolve them.

A State-of-the-art Development Environment for VBA
Presenter: Karl Donaubauer
After 15 years without any changes and modernizations, the VBA editor is outdated and lacks a lot of features of modern editors like Visual Studio. Karl will show a great tool called vbeTwister tool that catches up at least 10 of the 15 years–prepare to be amazed!

Book your spot now for the spring 2014 National Seminar, and visit the UK Access User Group site for full seminar details.


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