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Application Architecture Is Shifting towards Connected Apps

by Abel Avram on  Nov 28, 2014

Anne Thomas has summarized in a webinar the shift from large applications to small focused apps relying on services, while Matias Duarte has spoken in an interview about connecting these apps.

Dropbox Partnering With Microsoft

by Alex Giamas on  Nov 11, 2014

As announced at Web Summit last week, Dropbox has partnered up with Microsoft. Dropbox already hosts over 35 Billion Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations. This is value that Microsoft is willing to capture and allow for deeper integration between Office and Dropbox users. We examine what this partnership brings to both ends and the user and how the Cloud Storage market is shaping.

Office 365 Adds iOS and Android SDKs for Native App Support

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 28, 2014

Office 365 is expanding developer support by adding new APIs and key SDKs for native app development on the Android and iOS platforms. These SDKs will let developers utilize Objective-C and Java while constructing apps that leverage Office 365 functionality.

August Patch Tuesday Improves Internet Explorer's Security and Features

by João Paulo Marques on  Aug 27, 2014

In their latest Patch Tuesday, Microsoft issued 9 bulletins covering a total of 37 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) spread across some of their products.

OpenXML SDK Frees Microsoft Office Files

by Jeff Martin on  Jun 27, 2014

The file formats used by Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have been fully opened source via the latest release of Microsoft's OpenXML SDK. This provides developers with the familiar Apache 2.0 License, providing an easier path to incorporating support for these documents into their own projects.

Microsoft's New OneNote Service API Backs Free Apps for Windows, Mac OS, iOS and Android

by Steffen Opel on  Apr 24, 2014

Microsoft recently announced the initial release of the OneNote API, which enables programmatic integration of its free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration tool across different programming languages and platforms like Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, Mac OS, Android and the web.

Appcelerator Announces Insights for Tracking Mobile Apps Lifecycle

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 07, 2014

Appcelerator, maker of the Titanium Mobile Development Environment, has recently announced Appcelerator Insights as part of its Appcelerator Analytics product.Insights promises to deliver real-time aggregated analytics aiming at measuring higher-level metrics like user acquisition and retention, engagement, and app performance.

Microsoft Office Taps Android with Restrictions

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Aug 05, 2013 1

Microsoft in collaboration with Google has recently released an app for Android based phone for users with a valid Office 365 subscription.

New Developer Tools for SQL Server, SharePoint, and Office

by Jeff Martin on  Mar 12, 2013

Microsoft updated several tools for developers targeting SQL Server, SharePoint, and Office. The Business Intelligence tools support analysis, integration, and reporting for SQL Server. The Office/SharePoint tools suite bring support for the 2013 versions of each and .NET Framework 4.5.

Hadoop + SQL Server + Excel = Big Data Analytics

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jan 24, 2013

Few months back, Microsoft announced HDInsight, Microsoft’s Hadoop distribution for managing, analysing and making sense out of large volumes of data. InfoQ connected with Val Fontama, Senior Product Marketing Manager for SQL Server, to know more about how the Enterprise Big Data @ Microsoft story is panning out.

Developing New Applications for Office and SharePoint 2013

by Jeff Martin on  Oct 31, 2012

The addition of the app store to Office and SharePoint 2013 provides new opportunities for both users and developers. These new features provide greater awareness for Internet data sources and bring customization to users.

Introducing Napa – A Web Based IDE for Outlook/SharePoint

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 07, 2012

Office 365 is introducing a web based IDE called Napa. This IDE allows programmers to create Office and SharePoint-based plugins using HTML and JavaScript. Libraries such as jQuery are support but not required.

Open Source Word Generator Using OpenXML SDK 2.0

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jan 12, 2012 3

OpenXML SDK 2.0 for MS Office provides strongly typed part classes to manipulate Open XML documents. WorddocGenerator, an open source utility for generating template driven word files is one example of what can be done with this SDK. InfoQ got in touch with Atul Verma the developer of this utility to ask him a few questions about this project.

New Extension Introduces Microsoft Office to LightSwitch

by Jenni Konrad on  Sep 29, 2011

The Office Integration Pack enables Visual Studio LightSwitch developers to work with data in Microsoft Office 2010. With this extension, users are able to create documents, spreadsheets, and PDFs; send Outlook appointments and emails; and move data to and from Excel.

Making OpenXML Easy with ClosedXML

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 20, 2011 3

When working with Excel documents, developers usually use raw XML or rely on the Office Automation libraries. But the Office Automation library is not appropriate for servers and working with XML can be quite tedious. ClosedXML bridges the gap by providing an easy to use Office-like API without the overhead of COM. To introduce this library we spoke with Manuel De Leon of the ClosedXML project.

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