Thursday, February 14, 2013

SharePoint Online getting a store

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One of biggest improvements to SharePoint 2013 and especially SharePoint Online coming with the next version of Office 365 real soon, is the addition of a SharePoint Store.

You access the Store by simply adding an App and selecting the SharePoint Store link on the page. Once there you’ll truly be surprised at how many apps are there (remembering that this still a preview!).

Even though many of the apps are free this still represents as much an opportunity for developers as it does end users. Having a simple place to see SharePoint solutions, right in SharePoint, I reckon is really going to be big. Why? Simply because SharePoint is only the starting point for solutions that businesses want. If clever developers can come up with handy apps then the potential is huge just as it has been in the mobile space.

Once the new Office 365 is released I’ll start digging more into the store and reporting here on the best apps I find, so stay tuned. In the meantime, if you have the Office 365 preview dive in and try a few. I’d be interested to know what you find.