Microsoft has been building out its ‘cloud first’ strategy for many years now. As once separate on-premises server products have morphed into online services, we have been reaping the benefit of tighter integration between these services products. We’ve seen this most strongly with the Office 365 services where SharePoint, Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote), OneDrive, and Teams have really become tightly integrated. From a development point of view this cloud strategy has provided Microsoft with a way of delivering a single unified API across the entire surface area of Office 365 covering all these product services. This API is called the Microsoft Graph API. Recently Microsoft added a bunch of it’s security services into the Graph API providing a standard interface and uniform schema to integrate security alerts, unlock contextual information, and simplify security automation.
Microsoft is running a developer hackathon (the Microsoft Graph Security Hackathon) which simply involves using the new security APIs to see what good use you can put it too. There’s some awesome prizes on offer
($15,000 worth!). There’s also some great judges that will be looking at the entries which will give your submissions and ideas some great exposure.
Get coding and submit your entry before March 1, 2019.
Microsoft is currently running a Hack Productivity competition for creating apps that leverage Office 365 Add-ins and/or APIs to deliver an app that increases user productivity.
I’ve been working with the awesome dev team at OnePlace Solutions to cook up a modern Outlook Add-in that will run on any device and allow a user to quickly and easily save email and/or attachments from Outlook to SharePoint/Office 365 Groups.
We think it’s an awesome productivity app as it makes use of the “dead-time” you get during the day when you haven’t got time to do any heavy work but have your phone or tablet handy. This allows you to do those tasks like filing emails into your Project Management System in SharePoint while catching the train to work, or saving that updated document you’ve been sent into your Legal Matter Management System in SharePoint while waiting for your doctor’s appointment.
We are using all the cool technologies to make the magic happen. Running as a super fast Angular 2 Outlook Add-in and looking very slick thanks to the Office UI Fabric! We are utilizing the Microsoft Graph, SharePoint and Exchange services of Office 365 and hosting the app 100% on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud.
We didn’t just cobble together an app for the Hackathon, we built this app to be ready for the prime time and it will become a commercial product offering in the very near future. We have released the app into the Office Store as a preview where you can take a look at what we’ve built and try it out for yourself.
Get the OnePlaceMail for SharePoint Online preview app from the Office Store today.
Learn more about the app by visiting the OnePlace Solutions website