After a six-month preview of PowerApps, Microsoft has reached General Availability (GA) with the cross-platform business application productivity service. PowerApps is now available for production usage in six regions, in 42 languages, with a 99.9% SLA.
While it supports some basic Forms Based Authentication operations, SharePoint lacks many of the features necessary to properly use FBA. Projects such as the SharePoint 2013 FBA Pack by Chris Coulson fill in the gaps.
Microsoft has updated Windows Azure with per minute billing based on actual usage, monetary credit for different levels of MSDN subscribers including the ability to check credit status from within the management portal.
Microsoft Office Developer Tools - Search Configuration Template, App Validation and Azure Debugging
The recently released Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 provides a new search configuration project template, ability to validate apps during the submission process and Windows Azure debugging.
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.
DotNetNuke 7 has been recently released with support for Active Directory and SharePoint Lists. Richard Dumas, Senior Director of DotNetNuke Corp speaks exclusively to InfoQ on the recent release.
Visual Studio 2012 SharePoint Emulators recently released by Microsoft simplifies the unit testing of SharePoint code. It provides necessary libraries for implementing Microsoft Fakes based shims.
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.
Microsoft has released new tools to accelerate development of custom components in Dynamics CRM 2011 solutions. At the same time, they published an update to Dynamics CRM Online that includes better integration with Office 365 and the introduction of social capabilities.
Office365 Beta includes SharePoint Online, the cloud-based version of SharePoint 2010. The process of building solutions for SharePoint Online is similar to SharePoint 2010, but there are several key differences that must be taken into account when planning to deploy a SharePoint solution on Office365 Beta.
Microsoft has released significant updates for SQL Server 2008, including 2008 Service Pack 1, Express Edition Service Pack 1, large Feature Pack, Upgrade Advisor, SRS Report Builder 2.0, SharePoint integration, and data mining Office add-ins.
In this article, Andreas Grabner analyzes the performance implication of using the SharePoint Object Model, specifically displaying and editing lists, one of the most used SharePoint objects.
Microsoft has released a CTP of the new version of Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint (WSS). VSeWSS v1.3 includes several improvements SharePoint development including installation on x64 Windows Server, command line build, and improvements in the WSP View pane.
Visual Studio 2010 will support tighter integration with the SharePoint development process. The focus of the tooling is to automate tedious tasks, enhance the debugging experience, and provide a GUI surface for visually exploring deployment and feature packaging.