Getting started with apps for Office and SharePoint 2013

I’m starting my journey into the new apps model for Office and SharePoint and so far the documentation at has been pretty good. It’s also become clear that I can no longer ignore :-p

I would suggest starting with these great, free videos:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 development
  • Module 2: Develop apps for Office 2013
  • Module 3: Create document-based apps for Office 2013
  • Module 4: Create mail apps for Outlook 2013
  • Module 5: SharePoint 2013 app model for developers
  • Module 6: SharePoint 2013 developer tools
  • Module 7: Create hosted apps in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 8: Create cloud-hosted apps for SharePoint 2013
  • Module 9: SharePoint 2013 client object model (CSOM) and REST APIs
  • Module 10: OAuth and application identity in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 11: Develop SharePoint 2013 remote event receivers
  • Module 12: Workflow changes and features in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 13: Business connectivity services changes in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 14: Search features and changes in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 15: Enterprise content management changes in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 16: Social features in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 17: Office services in SharePoint 2013
  • Module 18: Create mobile apps for SharePoint 2013
  • Module 19: Project Professional 2013 training for developers
  • Module 20: Project Server 2013 training for developers

Office 2013 preview crashing after update

If you’re running Windows 8 with Office 2013 preview and you restarted your machine recently you might notice that Word crashes when you open your existing documents.

It seems that something in the latest round of windows updates isn’t playing along. Luckily the fix is easy and only takes a few minutes and a reboot:

  1. Press the windows key
  2. Press CTRL + W
  3. Type “add”
  4. Launch Add or remove programs
  5. Highlight Microsoft Office 2013 Preview
  6. Click Change
  7. Choose Repair

 When the repair is finished and you are prompted reboot the machine and you should be back in action.

Office 2013: The file is corrupt and cannot be opened

I’ve been running my main work machine on Windows 8 and Office 2013 preview for about two weeks now.

I’ve noticed that when I open a office document from an email attachment or a download I get the following message in Office:

This message is not necessarily correct and could be caused by a “blocked” file… this is because the file came from “another computer” and you have to explicitly indicate that its okay:

  1. Right-click the file
  2. Select properties
  3. Click the Unblock button
  4. Click OK

You should now be able to open your file as you would expect now.