The SharePoint app model and the health of the SharePoint partner community

As Microsoft has attempted to hasten the rate at which its enterprise customers for SharePoint server, on-premises, adopt its flavorful Office 365 cloud, SaaS offer, members of its partner community have vocalized concerns. One prominent component of this adoption campaign, in particular, has come to serve (in my opinion) as a barometer built to measure the health of the partner community. The component is the SharePoint 2013 App Model and the notion of “SharePoint customizations”. I recently wrote several posts to this blog on topics related to the App Model. There is a lot of recently published technical content on…
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Microsoft broadens its video training resources for the Office App Model to include demonstrations of some popular apps in the Office 365 App Store

On January 8, 2015, the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) published a video tutorial led by Scot Hillier, an Office 365 MVP and James Epes, a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft. This tutorial is on the topic of Office 365 Apps and the App Store. The title of the video tutorial is Shipping Your Office 365 App to the Office Store: (02) Demo Fest of Some Leading Store Apps. There is no charge for anyone to watch this video tutorial, which is about 50 minutes in length. Readers should note this tutorial is the second of five video tutorials in…
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Microsoft shoulders the burden of hastening SharePoint developer adoption of the App Model

In the last 30 mins of the first of six video tutorials on the SharePoint App Model published on Microsoft’s Virtual Academy, Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen use some of the techniques likely to be familiar to anyone involved in an effort to persuade people to adopt a new method of computing. The title of this video is Transform SharePoint Customizations to SharePoint App Model: (01) Introduction to App Model Transition Tasks. The experience of this tutorial as an effort to persuade an audience to do something differently, is exemplified by the frequency of repetition of several recommended approaches. The…
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Microsoft addresses the need to transform full trust solutions to conform with the SharePoint app model

Microsoft addresses the burning need most communities of SharePoint 2013 users will face when they consider eschewing full trust solutions for systems built with the new Office (SharePoint) App Model in a video tutorial titled Transform SharePoint Customizations to SharePoint App Model: (01) Introduction to App Model Transition Tasks. This video is led by 2 Senior Program Managers at Microsoft: Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen The video is the first of a set of six video tutorials on this topic, which were all published on December 18, 2014. The intended audience are “IT pros, consultants, Office developers, and Microsoft partners”….
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While promoting the availability of Office 365 APIs, Microsoft also recently provided extensive video training on the SharePoint App Model

During the month of December, 2014, Microsoft published over 5 hours of video training content on the SharePoint App Model. This training has been packaged into 6 segments, each approximately 50 minutes in length. Each segment is led by two senior program managers who each bring extensive experience with SharePoint to the task: Steve Walker and Vesa Juvonen. I have already written a post to this blog on the second segment in this set. The title of my post is Microsoft recommends branding SharePoint Online, Office 365 with themes, alternate CSS and other CSOM methods rather than creating custom master…
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With Office 365 APIs available, is there any reason to use the SharePoint app model to build custom solutions for SharePoint Online?

On Monday, December 22, 2014, Sahil Malik of Winsmart published a post titled SharePoint App Model: Rest in Peace on the Winsmart.com blog. The post presents Microsoft’s public announcement of the availability of APIs for Office 365 as a telltale indicator of the demise of the SharePoint 2013 App Model. At least for SharePoint Online. VisualSP has published a considerable amount of training content on the SharePoint 2013 app model. In turn, I wrote a considerable amount of content to this blog on the app model and why, in my opinion, the app model made sense. So I carefully read…
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Microsoft Turns Up the Volume on Why Developers Should Embrace The Office and SharePoint 2013 App Model

Microsoft has started a concerted effort to persuade Office Developers and SharePoint 2013 Developers to embrace the new App model. This effort includes the launch of a Reimagine SharePoint development site, a set of videos with the same title on MSDN Channel 9, and even dedicating an Office 365 technical webcast to the topic. This webcast took place on June 5, 2014. This technical webcast was led by Vesa ”Vesku” Juvonen, who is a Principal Consultant at Microsoft. Why is Microsoft accelerating its efforts now? Perhaps all of this new activity reflects a greater sense of urgency. After all, the…
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The SharePoint 2013 App Model Resets the Administration and Support Responsibilities Between IT and LoBs Within an Enterprise

SharePoint-Videos.com offers a lot of video training content on the new App Model for SharePoint® 2013. This content includes: a broad overview on beginning to implement the new model, authored by Steve Fox, a Director at Microsoft Services a set on using the new model, which is authored by Yaroslav Pentsarskyy, a widely respected subject matter expert on related topics, and a published author JavaScript and jQuery, a scripting language, and functions library, respectively, are presented in yet another set on the new App Model; the author of this final set is Mr. Marc D. Anderson, another subject matter expert,…
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The New SharePoint 2013 App Model Should Be Included In A Business Case for SharePoint 2013 As An Opportunity to Reduce Support Costs

SharePoint 2013’s App Model is designed, in part, to insulate application servers from one of the most common sources of Tier II and II support calls — custom solutions. So SharePoint stakeholders preparing a business case for implementing SharePoint Server 2013 may want to include references to the new development model as a method of reducing operating costs for the platform. Readers with an interest in researching this topic may want to read a blog post on MSDN authored by Ed Hild back in February, 2013. This post is titled A Perspective on SharePoint 2013’s App Model – Part 1….
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The SharePoint 2013 Development and Office App Models Promise Expanded Roles for SharePoint Site Designers

SharePoint Users with successful experience branding sites with HTML, JavaScript and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), can now look forward to a new role, with, arguably, an expanded importance within their communities. The new SharePoint Development, and Office App Models are both built, in entirety, on these skills. SharePoint-Videos offers a very rich set of video tutorial content on these new development models. Yaroslav Pentsarskyy, a SharePoint MVP, acknowledged subject matter expert on SharePoint branding, and a published author led our first online course on this topic, SharePoint 2013: Development. Yaroslav also led an online course for us on SharePoint 2013,…
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