Microsoft’s flagship product aka Windows continues to be imparted with developer-focused improvements. At the moment, it is apparent the Redmond-based software creator is reaching out to its Windows developer community to see themselves as Microsoft 365 developers.
In mid-2017, Microsoft 365 debuted as a bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS), the corporation’s cloud-based mobile device and management service. The product has since progressed from a licensing solution for businesses and cloud services provider to include a model for how developers should write apps for the platform going forward.
The most effective way of scouting for more developers to join the ecosystem is by availing new tools that allow collaborations, among other monetizing and productivity-boosting experiences provided by Microsoft 365’s software offerings. To effectively meet such goals, Microsoft Graph, which includes a number of APIs that look into worker data and content stored in Office 365, among other cloud services – should be leveraged to offer contextual insights in corresponding apps.
“Microsoft 365 is where the world gets its best work done,” said Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, Microsoft. “With 135 million commercial monthly active users of Office 365 and nearly 700 million Windows 10 connected devices, Microsoft 365 helps developers reach people how and where they work.”
In line with the previously mentioned highlight, the summary of the announcements made at Microsoft Build encompass new opportunities to help developers build better apps in smarter ways, with key improvements in design and flexibility, to mention a few.
In conjunction with insights derived from Microsoft Graph, the program announced the availability of the following tools:
Microsoft Teams APIs in the Microsoft Graph and support for organization-specific applications in Teams to allow developers build tailored and intelligent experiences in line business needs.
Deeper SharePoint integration into Microsoft Teams to allow users pin SharePoint pages directly into channels as means of enhancing collaboration.
New support for Power BI Visualizations in Excel, meaning developers can now extend custom visuals generated for Power BI to Excel to engage more users.
Fluent Design System updates have also been deployed.
The arrival of .NET Core 3 in 2019 targets support for Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Framework and UWP (Universal Windows Platform) desktop applications via desktop packs and ability to run several instances of .NET on the same machine.
Additional features, including the imminent Microsoft Launcher app on Android to support businesses, among other Microsoft 365 experiences can be read here.