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Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for December

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

Welcome to the 10th edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up to date with what’s new in Office 365 development.

Hack productivity

We have been running in-person hackathons now for a year and have seen some amazing things built by developers across the globe. We recently did a podcast to showcase some of these submissions and to announce a new virtual hackathon run over at With a grand prize of $10,000 in cash and tickets to a Microsoft conference, there is some great motivation to pour yourself another cup of coffee and get coding your ideas. We are excited to see what you submit and with over 394 participants registered, there are plenty of other team members you can get together with to form your team.

OneDrive API

OneDrive API is now generally available for OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online. We’ve made it easier than ever to write a single solution that targets personal and business files across Office 365. OneDrive API is also integrated into Microsoft Graph API, which enables even more scenarios around personal and business files.

The team is continuing to add new functionality to OneDrive API, usually starting with OneDrive Personal and then expanding this functional to Business and Graph API as well. This month we’ve added the following:

We encourage you all to engage with us on the Office 365 Technical Network with your questions.

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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:

Microsoft Graph

Office 365 APIs

Office add-ins

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 dev community.

Most recent Office 365 Dev podcasts

Richard and I have been running around campus interviewing people about various dev topics. If you would like to hear us interview someone on a particular topic, please submit your suggestions in the Yammer group and we’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 (PnP) team is working hard to release samples to show the power of SharePoint add-ins, and we have started to grow the program to other topics as well. Don’t forget to join the monthly community calls to hear the updates from them directly, with demos on latest released samples and solutions.

Here are the latest updates from the team:

  • PnP December 2015 monthly release notes at
  • PnP December 2015 community call recording at Channel 9
  • New weekly PnP web cast series released with following recordings now available:
  • Updates to articles in the PnP section at MSDN

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 exciting to see the effort people put into their posts in their spare time to share with the community.

Check out these articles from the Microsoft field, MVPs and more:

Office Store

Companies across the globe are extending the value of Office every day with Office add-ins.

See how these solutions are making a difference at real companies by watching their stories on!

Developers harnesses the power of the cloud to find relevant content quickly

Dev Dev Digest 1

AvePoint takes advantage of Office Graph to create an immersive visual experience that reveals topics, people and content users might not even know they need. Read the full case study.

ISV uses the cloud to help customers find content where it lives

Dev Dev Digest 2

BA Insight integrates customers’ key line-of-business applications and on-premises information with Office Graph so they spend less time searching and more time putting the information to use. Read the full case study.

Next-generation search and discovery, right within your most-used applications

Dev Dev Digest 3

Mavention maximizes productivity through rich search and discovery solutions that tightly integrate with Office 365’s familiar applications. Read the full case study.

Developer helps iOS users discover new ways to work and collaborate

Dev Dev Digest 4

In the mobile-first world, MoByBliz taps the Office Graph to allow iOS users to explore the documents, conversations and people around them intuitively. Read the full case study.

Upcoming events

Don’t miss out on our upcoming events with Office 365 content. Our team looks forward to meeting you. So don’t be shy, come say hello at the Office 365 booth!

February 21, 2016 SPTechCon—Austin, Texas

For more events, check out

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

Also, be sure to follow along with us on our daily developer mission: Jeremy Thake (@jthake), Sonya Koptyev (@SonyaKoptyev), Richard DiZerega (@richdizz) and Vesa Juvonen (@vesajuvonen).

—Jeremy Thake

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