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 this set.
Despite the title of this video tutorial, the first 14 minutes of content is very much about SharePoint including a demonstration of how document templates can be built, complete with apps, and then simply distributed to members of a specific organization. The segments of the video on apps, and how they impact and/or interact with SharePoint components is led by Scot Hillier.
Anyone watching the video will notice the Critical Path Training badge on Scot’s shirt. Asif Rehmani, CEO of VisualSP™ is another member of the Critical Path Training team. So I think Scot comes “highly recommended”.
Most of this video tutorial is used to provide an intended audience of developers with a tour of some of the more popular apps presently available in the Office 365 App Store. The demonstrations are led by Epes. As has been the case for other video training content published on MVA on the Office App Model, Epes emphasizes the opportunity for non-Microsoft developers to participate in the App development process. The first app he presents, a polling app titled “Poll Everywhere”, he explains, is runs on the Ruby on Rails platform. He also points out how this app is an example of a tiered services offer: there is a free version of this app. There also higher levels of performance, which are paid, premium features. So it is likely some of his intention is to encourage his audience not to lose sight of the financial opportunity presented by the Office 365 App Store.
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