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Apps for Office 365 are coming

Microsoft opens its productivity suite to developers, who will be able to integrate their apps with Word, Excel, Outlook and company. In three ways

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During last week's Build conference, it couldn't be missing Office 365, the productivity suite of the Microsoft house that has changed radically over the past few years. This year the house of Redmond has announced that it will open its software to external developers: it wants what the latter to start write apps for Office, or that work using the data generated within Office. The package in question is still the most used in the world (by 1.2 billion users, announce these days) for the productivity of all kinds, and it is therefore easy for developers to respond positively to this call to arms.

The apps will be able to collaborate with the Redmond suite in both directions. On the one hand, thanks to Microsoft Graph, they will be able to draw the data generated by users within Word, Outlook and company to use them to their advantage. On the other hand, Office will expand its boundaries thanks to apps written by third parties: those written specifically can appear in the men the commands of the suite to make their contribution to the drafting of documents or the organization of activities.

(Photo: Maurizio Pesce / Wired)Starbucks announces the Office 365 app at Build 2016 (Photo: Maurizio Pesce / Wired)

For example, Starbucks will release an addition for Outlook that helps to plan the coffee break just when all colleagues have no commitments on the calendar, but also to send gift cards to their Outlook contacts. Finally, with the arrival of Connectors, Office will be able to intertwine with Trello, Twitter, and many other online services and platforms to bring them all together in a single workflow that can be shared with the rest of the team.

With this opening, Microsoft significantly enhances its productivity platform, which has never been able to become as from now on something much more powerful. The house of Redmond, moreover, relies precisely on the energies of external developers to offer added value to its suite: 1.2 billion users are many, but the exemplary free Google competition is more evolved.

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