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Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for March

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.

Welcome to the first monthly Dev Digest designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up-to-date with what’s new in Office 365 development. Our team discussed doing this based on feedback from the Yammer Network community. We understand people want various ways to keep up with what’s new in our dev world beyond engaging on the Yammer O365 dev groups on a daily basis; following along on the weekly podcast hosted by myself or attending our major conferences twice a year for a wrap-up of where we are. The monthly Dev Digest was conceived from this understanding and feedback.

In the future, keep an eye out for the monthly Dev Digest on the third Thursday of every month.

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Announcing the 2nd annual Office App Awards

It’s time for the 2015 Office App Awards, where we recognize the best of third-party apps that leverage the Office platform. Nominations open on Friday, March 20th.

This year we’re broadening the scope of recognized apps to include native mobile apps that extend Office—including those built on other platforms—as well as web services leveraging the new Office 365 APIs and register with Azure AD. However, apps in the Office Store will remain the major focus.

To be eligible for recognition, an app must call Office APIs, be net-new or updated since January 1, 2015 and hosted in the Office Store, Azure AD Gallery, or a leading mobile device app store (Google Marketplace and Android apps; iTunes or Windows Phone). Bonus points go to apps that are nominated, or are newly submitted or updated between March 20th and May 10th, the closing date for nominations.

Judging will be done by Microsoft engineering and marketing teams, and awards to be handed out at a dinner tentatively set for July 14th in Orlando, FL during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. Winners receive an array of developer-friendly prizes, promotion in the Office Store and at the Worldwide Partner Conference and ongoing promotion to the field after the WPC event.

Submit a new or updated app now or nominate an existing favorite!

For details, including nomination forms for your favorite apps, please go to and look for the “2015 App Awards” link under the “Quick Links” section on the left side of the home page.

Latest dev news

Check out the latest news from Office Blogs that is useful to know as an Office 365 developer. I’m particular excited with the improvements to the API Sandbox for the Office 365 APIs that now support C# samples. You can also vote on UserVoice for other languages to be supported. Engineering teams are watching very closely, so have your say!

Dev documentation

The Microsoft Content Publishing team works hard producing documentation to help developers learn our platform. Here are the key new and updated articles for this month:

For more documentation check out Office developer documentation.

Code samples

Our team is continually on the lookout for new code samples to help you jump start your own projects. Here is a list of the most recent new and updated samples from Microsoft as well as the community.

The Property Inspector Keynote demo is something we are iterating on to showcase all of the platform stack. With My App, you can pin to the App launcher and Cordova, Xamarin, native iOS and native Android versions of the mobile app. It is great to see Jason Johnston on the Exchange team also pushing out samples in different languages like Python, Ruby on Rails and PHP.

For more code samples check out the

Most recent Office 365 dev podcasts

Since joining Microsoft last year, I have been running around campus interviewing people about various dev topics. If you would like to hear me interview someone on a particular topic, please submit your suggestions in the Yammer group and I’ll go hunt the relevant people down to interview.

Here are the most recent podcast interviews:

For more podcasts check out

Patterns and practices

The Microsoft Patterns and Practices team is working hard to release samples to show the power of the App Model. Don’t forget to join the monthly community calls to hear the updates from them directly on Skype for Business.

Here are the latest updates from the team:

For more on patterns and practices check out All questions related on released materials and guidance can be added to our Yammer group at OfficeDevPnPYammer.

Dev community blog posts

The Office 365 dev community has been busy this month. It is really exciting to see the effort people put in to their posts in their spare time to share with the community. Check out these articles from the Microsoft field, MVPs and more:

Upcoming events

There are plenty of events on the horizon…don’t miss out on these great events with Office 365 content. Our team looks forward to meeting you all at these events, so don’t be shy come say hello at the Office 365 booth!

March 30-31 Office 365 Summit in Australia
April 29-May 1 Build in San Francisco
May 4-8 Ignite in Chicago
May 18-21 Dev intersections in Phoenix

For more events check out

Featured apps in the Office Store

Check out these new and updated apps from the Office Store this month:

For more apps go to

OneNoteOneNote Class Notebook Creator
By Microsoft Corporation
Helps teachers set up a shared notebook for a class. Used by tens of thousands of students and supported in more than ten languages!


SharePoint DiscussionHarePoint Discussion Board for SharePoint Online
By MAPILab Ltd.
Empowered by discussion threads and feeds that deliver ‘social’ advantages to the workplace. Supported Languages: English & Russian


iglobeiGlobe CRM Solution R2
By iGlobe
One of several iGlobe solutions in the Store, this one offers easy-to-learn CRM in SharePoint Online and Office 365 via a tabbed interface and Outlook integration. Supported Languages: English, Danish, Dutch


BBC EarthBBC Earth Enchanted Kingdom
Set in Africa, Enchanted Kingdom is the most ambitious 3D nature film ever. Discover and use imagery from the film in your own work in Word!


QUMUQUMU Video for Office 365
By Qumu Corp.
A comprehensive enterprise-grade solution for including video content within SharePoint sites in Office 365. Offers ready-to-use configurable app parts that site owners can insert into any page on their sites.


ND SitesND|Sites 365
By NetDexterity
Empowering users to create SharePoint collaboration sites at the speed of business,


AdobeAdobe EchoSign for Office 365
By Adobe
The complete electronic signature solution from the company who brought you the PDF. For Word and PowerPoint.


LexisNexisLexisNexis Firm Manager
By LexisNexis
From capturing time and expense to matter management to client invoicing, LexisNexis Firm Manager® provides attorneys’ with the tools needed to easily manage their practice. For PowerPoint and Word.


Until next month, please join our community discussions at and follow us on @OfficeDev on Twitter and on Facebook.

Also, be sure to follow along with us on our daily developer mission: Jeremy Thake (@jthake), Chris Johnson (@loungflyz), Sonya Koptyev (@SonyaKoptyev), Dave Pae (@davidpae) and Jim Epes (@j_epes).

—Jeremy Thake

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