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Use Apps to Drive User Adoption of Touch Capable Devices for SharePoint Computing

In a video titled 0 to 60: Developing Apps for Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Sonya Koptyev and Keenan Newton of Microsoft® present a number of compelling scenarios for the SharePoint 2013 App Model.

Certainly a lot of the rationale for “the Cloud App Model” is to enable SharePoint users with the processes they require to implement touch-capable devices (like tablets and smart phones) for daily computing tasks within SharePoint.

Another important driver for this method of developing SharePoint solutions is to better serve the changing face of computing for enterprise businesses. Sonya Koptyev presents a feature worth a lot of consideration by her audience: ” . . . What’s great about the cloud app model is that it is a completely loosely coupled model, where your code runs absolutely independently from your SharePoint farm. You no longer have to go to IT and beg them to deploy your code. You could, essentially, deploy mid day and not effect the farm at all.”

For those readers otherwise unaware, SharePoint-Videos.com has published 4 video tutorial sets on the new development options for SharePoint 2013. Two of these sets are authored by Yaroslav Pentsarskyy:

Another video tutorial set is authored by Steve Fox:

The last one, on JavaScript and jQuery is authored by Marc D. Anderson:

But this video by Ms. Koptyev and Mr. Newton, which can be reviewed, in entirety in approximately 58 mins, may serve as a perfect introduction to the urgency facing SharePoint application developers who should quickly align their methods and objectives with this new SharePoint 2013 App model, and the Cloud App model in particular.

Microsoft is clearly intent on expanding the range of “SharePoint-capable” computing devices to include small, smart mobile devices yesterday. I recently downloaded OneNote for my Samsung Galaxy Note 2.1. The application worked perfectly with my SkyDrive Pro folder for Office 365. Once SharePoint end users are informed of the new functionality they can exploit with their non-windows computing devices, it’s certain they will request the Cloud Apps required.

If you would like to discuss how our training content can be used to support the kind of “get modern” effort I’ve just described, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Ira Michael Blonder

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