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One of the significant changes in the SharePoint 2013 is the ability for developers to create apps for use in SharePoint. This provides a great deal of extensibility and is really going to empower end users. And maybe let information technology staff off the hook a little bit because users will be able to find many sources for extensibility for their SharePoint sites. Additionally the apps can be built with such a wide range of tools: ASP.NET, Apache, C#, Java and PHP.
We're not stuck with just using one particular set of tools to build apps. The entire world is available and because of that there are already apps that Microsoft is promoting that are available from the App Store. Here we are in our SharePoint site and we would like to be able to add an app to our site. When I click add an app, I'm going to see all of the lists and libraries that we're available in prior versions of SharePoint, some new lists and libraries, but I'm also going to see things like this app, a World Clock and Weather that was provided by Bamboo Solutions Corporation.
And if I want to see even more apps all I need to do is click on the SharePoint Store. And if wanted look at all apps you'll see some Featured Apps ranging from Trend Analysis to Workflows, from Chats to News apps. All of this has been created so quickly that even SharePoint can say there is an app for that. We have Communication apps; we have a small number of Education apps. And this is simply going to continue to grow, because there has always been a core group of companies, who were building specific solutions for SharePoint.
This is just going to open the door to more and more developers being able to create applications. Even the Free apps need to be downloaded by someone with permissions. And when I first started working on my particular SharePoint server those permissions hadn't been turned on. So you'll need to be sure that you have been granted the appropriate set of permissions to be able to download apps form the store. And a different set of permissions are required if you want to spend money to buy apps from the store. But this is the bold new world of SharePoint, where instead of waiting and putting in a request to get to say, "We need to have a custom web part to be able to do this particular piece of work." We can now go out and download apps from a common marketplace with millions of SharePoint users.
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