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Building for Office 365? Microsoft has APIs for That #TEE14

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Our final dip into the Microsoft TechEd Europe meeting in Barcelona this week comes in the shape of new APIs for Office 365. These will enable developers to create applications that build on and tap into the Office 365 platform.

While the release of new APIs outside of a very small developer community is rarely going to stop the presses, the long-term implications for the ongoing development of Office 365 with this announcement is significant.

Bring Your Workforce Together with Open APIs

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A funny thing happened over the last decade or so: Our work networks got really, really big.

It wasn’t that long ago that even the most seasoned salesperson’s address book would have maybe a couple hundred entries. Now, though, it’s common for the average worker to be connected to more team members, vendors, clients and conference contacts than the 500 LinkedIn counts.

Responsive Design: Great for Web Sites, Hard for Mobile Devices

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Responsive web design (RWD) is generally regarded, as CMSWire writer Tom Murphy noted today, "just fine for now." But a new survey from Trilibis, a provider of mobile development solutions, claims mobile performance on responsive design websites is often "unacceptable."

Four out of five RWD websites provide suboptimal page weight and load time on mobile devices, according to the survey, "Responsive Web Design: Why Image Optimization Is Crucial for a Mobile-Friendly Customer Experience."

The survey examined 155 responsive websites. Of these, Trilibis found only 21 percent loaded in less than four seconds on a smartphone. Nearly a third required between eight and 48 seconds to load, with equivalent connectivity.

Celtra Offers Cross-Screen HTML5 Tech for Brand Advertising

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Which HTML5 camp are you in?

Some think HTML5 hasn't met expectations as a platform for mobile applications. An IDC report, "The Evolving State of HTML5," noted the technology is still plagued with misconceptions. Native app development and HTML5 will continue to co-exist, the IDC predicted. Native app development will continue to be "the primary way mobile applications will be delivered and run."

Others see the technology as promising. Sencha, an open-source web application frameworks provider, said standards-based HTML5 development, whose popularity has been growing in part because such apps can run cross-platform, has caught on big in the enterprise.

Celtra feels there's promise.

HTML5: Still Not Living Up to Expectations

HTML5 hasn't met expectations as a platform for mobile applications, according to a new report from industry research firm IDC. The report, "The Evolving State of HTML5," [fee required], notes the technology is still riddled with misconceptions.

Report: HTML5 is the Future for Enterprise Developers

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A new report finds standards-based HTML5 development, whose popularity has been growing in part because such apps can run cross-platform, has caught on big in the enterprise.

HTML5 is the latest version of the HMTL hypertext markup language. In conjunction with other standards-based technologies like CSS and JavaScript, it can run in browsers and across platforms without plugins. The State of HTML5 Development in the Enterprise report from Sencha, a provider of open-source web application frameworks, surveyed more than 2,000 business application developers from its business-focused community. It found HTML5 is booming:

  • More than 60 percent of developers have converted to HTML5 and hybrid development of their key projects
  • More than 70 percent of HTML5/hybrid developers are using HTML5 more this year than last and 75 percent intend to use it more in 2015
  • 19 percent of native mobile developers expect to use native technologies less in the future

 

7 Ways to Determine the Merits of Responsive Web Design

In a world with so many device types, responsive design can be a godsend, but it also takes more time, money and effort. A new report from Forrester Research offers a tool for determining when responsive design for web sites is a good idea.

Yahoo Acquires Lexity For Small-Biz Ecommerce Tools

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Yahoo's wallet remains firmly open as it picks up yet another company (at least its third this month), this time focusing on the small business offerings of Lexity to expand its ecommerce range. 

Five Cool Things From Microsoft's Build Keynote #bldwin

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While the release of Windows 8.1 was the biggie at Microsoft's first keynote, there was lots of other smart, useful or fun features, either as part of Windows or from other areas, that are coming developers and users way as part of Microsoft's future plans. 

 

Watch Microsoft's Build 2013 Keynote To See Windows 8.1 In Action #bldwin

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Microsoft has another stab at a second coming today with the unveiling of Windows 8.1, along with a host of developer-related products, news and events at this year's Build conference. Watch the keynote today to see if there's any big surprises. 

SiteSpect Debuts Testing Tool for How a Site Works, not Just Looks

SiteSpect Debuts Testing Tool for How a Site Works, not Just Looks

Testing a website for varying designs and layouts is a key way to figure out what is most enticing to visitors, but optimization vendor SiteSpect has decided that is no longer enough, and has debuted a tool to test how a site works as well.

Webpop: A Simple CMS Built for Designers

Webpop: A Simple CMS

We came across another simple web content management system you might be interested in. Let's have a look at Webpop.

Facebook Invests in Mobile App Development With Parse Acquisition

parse_logo_2013.jpgWith plenty of revenue from all those desktop web games, how will Facebook translate that as users access social media and games increasingly from their mobile? The acquisition of Parse whose mobile app development SDK for iOS and Android and other platforms powers thousands of apps seems to be one answer. 

IBM Snaps Up UrbanCode for Mobile, Cloud Based Software Development

Nobody wants to spend days or even weeks on app development, but for the biggest companies, this is often the reality. IBM is looking to speed up that timeline with the purchase of UrbanCode, a company that automates software development.

Dying to Know More About APIs and Platformification?

I was super happy to see my article from last week, on the crossover between UX and APIs, get such a good response (including tweets from Alan Cooper and Jared Spool). There were one or two tweets from people who were not fully familiar with the topic and wanted to learn and understand more about the space. Ask and you shall receive. Each article listed below is a bit different and will help you understand different nuances, possibilities and actual corporate strategy shifts driven by API design.

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