Dipping Your Toes in the SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013 Preview Goodness

If you haven’t been living beneath a rock in the last two days, you probably heard the news we released the SharePoint 2013 Preview and Office 2013 Preview. Since there is already a massive amount of content available on blogs, TechNet  etc. I’m not going to add even more with this blog post. My goal is simply to give you a limited amount of resources to quickly get you up to speed with all the news.

First of all, there was the announcement two days ago by Steve Ballmer. It was broadcasted live, and you can watch it on demand again. It takes 1h, it’s entertaining, shows some high level demos (mainly of Office 2013) and is a good starting point of your exploration.



  • (If you are a developer, skip to the next bullet point!) After watching the announcement, you probably want to install the Office 2013 Preview. Just go to http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/ and sign up, it’s super-easy, free and the streamed install takes less than a minute. The nifty thing is that while the installation is finishing (takes like 5 to 10 minutes), you can already start the Office clients!
  • If you are a developer and want to build apps for Office or SharePoint , I’d recommend to sign up for an Office 365 Developer Site. It includes a subscription for the Office clients too! An Office 365 Developer Site is a preconfigured SharePoint 2013 Preview site that you can use to create, test, and deploy apps for Office and SharePoint. You can deploy the "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools development tools to this site to get started developing SharePoint-hosted apps, and apps for Office documents and mail items, even if you don't have Visual Studio 2012 and SharePoint development tools in Visual Studio 2012 installed on your developer computer.
  • After you have signed up for the Office 365 Developer Site, you can familiarize yourself with the new apps for Office and SharePoint.
  • A good introduction to the “Napa” Development tools can be found on Jason Zander’s blog. Also check out the Build apps for Office article on MSDN.
  • When you want to learn more about the Office 2013 Preview features, I’d recommend to check out Office for IT pros and/or What's new in Office.
  • When you want to learn more about developing for Office 2013 Preview, check out the Developer training.



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