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I will note that this isn’t new technology. This is the model that Facebook uses (consider Zynga which is hosted on Amazon). It’s exciting that Microsoft has adopted it as it offers incredible possibilities for app developers who want to build cloud-based applications for SharePoint Online (part of Office 365) and/or other hosted SharePoint environments.
What the New App Model Means for Enterprises & Vendors
The idea that a developer can now create applications that can be hosted anywhere and still work with SharePoint data is pretty cool. With the number of organizations moving to cloud-based environments and the increasingly popularity of Office 365, having an app model like this opens the doors for applications of all kinds.
One interesting thing I saw at the SharePoint Conference was the concept of subscriptions for applications. If this capability actually comes in the next SharePoint update (Microsoft has committed to frequent updates to functionality in Office 365), developers will have the ability to host their apps in locations like Azure or Amazon and offer subscription-based pricing to customers (this enables the developers to increase the application cost based on usage of the application). That’s a feature we look forward to seeing.
Are most SharePoint third party app providers looking seriously at this new app model? You bet they are. There’s a lot of work to be done to move existing on premises apps to this new model so that cloud-based SharePoint environments can be supported. It’s a whole new world for SharePoint App developers. I look forward to the challenge.
Editor's Note: To read more of Steven's thoughts on SharePoint 2013, check out SharePoint 2013: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things
About the Author
Steve Pogrebivsky is CEO of MetaVis Technologies and is an expert in information management and content management systems with over 20 years of experience.