Posted by:Ranjani Rao August 14th, 2012

The Office 2013 Preview was exciting for Microsoft users as well as custom applicationdevelopers. The preview clearly demonstrated Microsoft’s efforts to embrace cloud and mobility, as well as include added capabilities and features that will help enterprise appdevelopers create SharePoint and Word applications that are more complex and useful for end-users. At the same time, the 2013 version gives greater control to IT admin teams for controlling access of apps to users.

Create apps with any web language

Office 2013 is based on the cloud application model. Apps run on the cloud and render on the users’ laptop, PC or mobile device. Web developers can create apps using any web technology including HTML5, JavaScript, OAuth, REST, OData and CSS3.

Integrated web applications

Web applications can be inserted into Office and SharePoint applications. These apps can collect information from the Internet, collate and format it, and insert it into an Excel or Word application, as an example, in the form of graphs, charts, maps, etc. The search on the internet can be based on keywords associated with the document. By linking this information to the document, other users can also access external data.

Web apps can appear as task panes in documents or be inserted online. Multiple web apps can be integrated based on the complexity of requirement.

All in the Cloud

Deploying SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013 apps to end-users is a breeze as everything is on the cloud. The cloud could be Microsoft Azure or any other. Along with deploying apps on the cloud, app developers can also integrate apps used to create documents into the final app. This allows other users to reuse the app to create documents and add to the main application.

Supported application types

Apps for Office 2013 are supported on Office 2013 Preview rich clients and some corresponding Web Apps. Developers need not design separate apps for different environments or applications thereby also supporting a consistent user interface across desktop and web browser for end-users.

Application stores

Both Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 have app stores wherein app developers can submit applications for approval. Once approved, the app is available for purchase with 80% of the revenue going to the developer and 20% to Microsoft. The app store gives business developers access to a range of applications that can be leveraged to add to the functionality of existing apps.

Microsoft Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 are expected to hit shelves by the end of 2012 or first quarter of 2013. From what we know about the products, it does look like Microsoft will deliver value to the customer straight out of the box.

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