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Apps for SharePoint and SharePoint Online

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Michael Kophs, Cloud TSP

A while back I blogged about adding Apps from the Office App store to Excel.  You can also add apps to the latest version of Outlook, Word and Project as well.  Now if you think Office Apps are cool, then you’re going to love SharePoint Apps!

The last time I checked, there were 171 Apps in the SharePoint App store.  Most are free, some you have to purchase.  OK, not quite the store size we’re used to, I get it, but there is still something very compelling about the Office and SharePoint App Store.  1) The current apps offer instant BUSINESS value and functionality to Office 365 (sorry no ill-tempered bird games, zombies or highly addictive word games) and 2) the new App Dev platform is based off of open standards, allowing for a much simpler development model.  We can certainly expect the number of quality apps to rapidly grow in the coming months.

Following are screenshots of a few FREE apps that I think are pretty cool and could easily be deployed and adopted by any business using SharePoint Online (part of Office 365) or even SharePoint 2013 on-premises.  Each screenshot is linked to the Office App Store:

Easily display the weather of each of your company offices on your SharePoint home page:

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Here’s a must have App for every organization.  Display your company news on your SharePoint homepage with this interactive news app that automatically cycles through each news item:

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Easily download and deploy this Recruiting App to assist with your HR departments recruiting efforts:

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Need a quick and painless way to track employee PTO requests?  Check out the timeOFF Lite app:

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Explore the app store and easily add apps that you find compelling to your Office 365 account and test them out yourself!  Here are few links to get you started in your App evaluation:

Office and SharePoint App Store

Development Center for Office and SharePoint Apps

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/officeapps/archive/2012/07/17/introducing-the-new-office-cloud-app-model.aspx

Comments
  • Can we get a good app for timesheet and Leave application>

  • These SharePoint Apps sound to be an interesting addition to SharePoint 2013. I have just signed up for a free SharePoint 2013 site with http://www.cloudappsportal.com and am thrilled to use this functionality.

  • Thank you for the interesting overview of SharePoint apps.

    Please have a look at some new promising SharePoint apps on Microsoft Office Store.

    1. AdvancedLookup

    AdvancedLookup is a cutting-edge application for SharePoint 2013 which enables you to work with lookup fields in list item forms efficiently and much easier! AdvancedLookup extends standard lookup fields in New and Edit list item forms (only ListFormWebPart is supported) to dynamic comboboxes with search capability that allows you to find items for lookup, in the search results view you can sort items by ID or display name of the lookup field, you can also open and add new items.

    AdvancedLookup Demo is a free demo version of the app, it has some limitations. It extends only the first found lookup field in a list item form of the selected list. A lookup search may display only the first 12 list items in the search results view. It does not have the "Row limit" and "Exclude fields" settings.

    AdvancedLookup is a full version of the app, it is licensed per farm with no user threshold, subscription is not required.

    Both versions of the app can be used on Office 365.

    2. FormDesigner

    As a SharePoint power user you probably face with a task of advanced field managing in list item forms. You might need to hide or disable a field in a list item form before it is displayed to a user, depending on some condition you define. FormDesigner is a cutting-edge application for SharePoint 2013 which enables you to do so easily!

    It’s implemented as an app part that can be added to Display, Edit or New list item form (only ListFormWebPart is supported). The app part has a few of simple properties. Conditions for visibility and availability of fields are defined in a XML settings file which is stored in the settings library of the app.

    FormDesigner Demo is a free demo version of the app, it has one limitation: it may manage only one field of a list item form (only the first target field in the XML settings file will be processed).

    FormDesigner is a full version of the app, it is licensed per farm with no user threshold, subscription is not required.

    Both versions of the app can be used on Office 365.

    3. OfficeMap

    OfficeMap is a brand new application for SharePoint 2013 that provides you with a great opportunity to create an interactive office map and search for your colleagues and various office items on the map. Just take a blueprint of your office and upload it to OfficeMap. Use the simple map objects to bind your colleagues and office items to the map in a few easy steps. Do a search on the office map!

    OfficeMap Demo is a free demo version of the app. In OfficeMap Demo you may create only 1 map with 3 company employees.

    OfficeMap is a full version of the app, it is licensed per farm with no user threshold, subscription is not required.

    Both versions of the app can be used on Office 365.

  • Another useful free SharePoint app to hat allows creation of ShortUrls for SharePoint content http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/sharepoint-shorturl-app-WA104368123.aspx

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