In this interview I sit down with Saurabh Bhatia, a Program Manager on the Office tools in Visual Studio team. Saurabh helps me understand the new Office and SharePoint Apps model as we build a fun mail app for Outlook. I'm a total newbie coming into the new app model, but Saurabh is patient with me as he walks through how easy it is to get started. He shows us how we can build these apps using "Napa" development tools—a completely online in-browser experience. There's a lot of flexibility in this new architecture and it's exciting to see the appeal to web developers. He also shows the integration of these tools with Visual Studio 2012. You can try out the app Saurabh built here.
For more information and to get started building Apps for Office & SharePoint see: http://dev.office.com
And for a more detailed overview of the new Apps model see: Building Office and SharePoint Apps with "Napa" and Visual Studio
-Beth Massi, Visual Studio Community