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SPC14: Microsoft Releases New Development Tools for Office 365

An update for Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 is also now available

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At Microsoft's SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas this week, the company announced a slew of new development tools and updates that make it easier to build apps for Office 365. Most notably, Microsoft is providing a complete set of Office 365 APIs that lets developers build their apps in "in a simple, RESTful way," according to Arpan Shah, senior director of Office 365 technical product management.

In particular, the Office 365 APIs expose the Calendar, People, Mail, and File Office 365 APIs, which makes it so that users "won't have to develop against SharePoint and Exchange-specific APIs; you will be able to develop against a consolidated Office 365 API set that spans SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, and Azure AD," Shah explained.

In conjunction to the Office 365 API announcement, Microsoft also announced that a new update for the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2013 is now available for download. The update ships with several new features that improves support for Office 365 Cloud Business App and apps for Office and SharePoint in Visual Studio 2013 RTM.

Microsoft also announced that the "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools have been updated. This toolset makes it possible for developers to build Office and SharePoint apps directly in their browser without the use of an IDE, such as Visual Studio.

Continuing on its path to embracing to open source technologies, Microsoft announced the availability of the Android SDK for Office 365, which is currently in preview and is compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and KitKat Android OSs.

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