The New World of Apps for Office and SharePoint

This is a "lost episode" of the Garage Series filmed in New Orleans, host Jeremy Chapman is joined by architect TSP and Office extensibility guru, Richard diZerega, to discuss the new app model for Office and SharePoint. Richard also takes on the challenge to help navigate the culinary options of New Orleans by integrating Web services directly with Office and SharePoint using in-box and custom apps.

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Video: Get started with Microsoft Office 365


Your organization recently got Office 365, and now you need to use Office 365 so you can start reading email, sharing documents, and more. Watch the video below. To learn even more click on "Office 365 Training"  on this websites main menu at the top of the site.

New Video: Office 365 Mobility and Off-Road Rally Challenge using iPhone, Android, and Windows Devices

Host Jeremy Chapman is joined by Office Mobile expert Guy Gilbert to round-up the latest in Office experiences across Windows, iOS, and Android platforms. Besides highlighting all the Office coverage on these devices, they show everything in action, including what may be the first Office on devices demo to span Office Mobile for iPhone/Android, OWA for iPhone/iPad, SkyDrive Pro for iPad/Windows 8, OneNote for iPad/Android, and Lync on Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android devices as they plan a rally game. They then challenge world champion skate boarder and rally driver, Bucky Lasek, along with Office VP, John Case, to use Office Mobile as a guide to navigate the DirtFish rally course. They'll use roaming settings to access course instructions from the Office 365 cloud onto Android, iPhone and Windows Phone devices.

Let your customers view your Microsoft Office documents on your website

When you host Microsoft Office documents on your website, you might fret that people need to have Office or an Office viewer installed to read the document. Don’t worry. By using to create a URL for the document, you can share a link that opens the document in a web browser.

When someone clicks the link, Office Web Apps run in the browser to display Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents with Office features intact. Formatting and layout in Word documents are preserved; data in Excel workbooks can be filtered and sorted; animations play in PowerPoint presentations.

Create and use the URL

To create the URL, follow the steps on the Create URL page: Type (or paste) the URL of the document you want to link to, and then click Create URL. Copy and paste the resulting URL onto a page in your website.

For example, if you have forms for volunteers to print, press kits, price lists, brochures, or annual reports, you don’t need to go through the extra step of saving them as PDF files. You can host them in their native Office format on your site, and link to them with the URL you create on When site visitors click the link, the document opens in their browser.


If you edit a document after creating its URL, the link will continue to open the older version for a few hours. If you want people to see the changes immediately, do the following: Replace the original document with the new version, saved with a new file name, and then create a new URL on

If you see the error, "We’re sorry, but for some reason we can’t open this for you," it means the document could not be found or could not be displayed. Likely reasons include:

Ways to reduce file size.
For example, to encode a URL that includes an ampersand (&), you would type %26 for the ampersand character. For more information about URL encoding, also known as percent encoding, see Percent-encoding on Wikipedia.