Microsoft Ignite – Day Three: Developers, Developers, Developers
The running theme for day three of Microsoft Ignite is seemingly “developers, developers, developers…”. What’s clear from day three is that despite the change in leadership at Microsoft they still really care about developers. What follows are the initial thoughts following three days at Microsoft Ignite.
The common denominator is Microsoft Graph
On a higher level, the common denominator in most of the sessions at Ignite is that the whole Office 365 platform is based on, and built around, Microsoft graph. Microsoft’s messaging has also implied that the same should apply for custom web applications, mobile and service apps.
This is amazing for us developers. With just one authorisation token, from just one endpoint, we will now be able to fetch “Any data” available within the Office 365 platform and then use it within our own custom applications.
In a more detailed level, here are the highlights gathered from the sessions I have attended:
Microsoft Graph keeps getting bigger and bigger, and after attending a roundtable session it is clear Microsoft are very interested in hearing about what we’ve been using Microsoft Graph for and what our needs are. Here are some of the more interesting topics:
There’s that productivity application being mentioned yet again. Microsoft Teams is becoming more relevant within the Office 365 platform and is intended to be the Hub for teamwork. It is clear that Microsoft now envision Microsoft Teams as a key player in the vision of enabling a more productive workplace.
Based on a couple of sessions focused on development and customisation for Microsoft Teams, to some extent the whole development experience still feels a little “uncooked”. Ultimately, for developers, it will still be worth spending some time developing New tabs, Bots and Composed Extensions for Microsoft Teams. That being said, this is an exciting time for Microsoft Teams, and the releases from Microsoft at Ignite are anything to go by – Office 365 will continue to improve for Enterprise organisations, with more enhanced and greater capabilities coming to the market.
SharePoint, SharePoint framework and PnP
Initially thoughts were that ‘Microsoft Teams’ was going to take all the spotlight away from SharePoint, but far from it. Microsoft keeps investing heavily in SharePoint and putting a lot of effort in promoting Modern sites in particular. Although there are still sessions to attend however, here is a summary of what’s been gathered so far.
This is another topic worth thinking about even though it is nothing new to the development experience and the connectivity with external resources has been improved.
There were a couple of new things around UI-Fabric that worth mentioning:
From a developer’s point of view, there is certainly exciting times ahead for Office 365, with a particular emphasis on Microsoft Graph and Microsoft Teams capabilities. Personally, from a SharePoint developer’s point of view, it is great to see that Microsoft are still investing heavily into the continual improvement of the SharePoint platform, with new, exciting and cutting-edge features being added year in, year out.
About our author
SharePoint & Office 365 Developer | Content and Code
Dario is a SharePoint/Office 365 Developer at Content and Code. He has been a Software Developer specializing in Microsoft technologies for over seven years and with SharePoint/Office 365 for five years. He has worked with clients in almost every sector delivering a variety of solutions within Spain and the United Kingdom.
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