The new REST-based APIs allow developers to tap into mail, files, calendar and contacts to create services with extended functionality for users of Microsoft’s cloud-connected suite of productivity tools, such as travel reservation and sales automation apps. Microsoft said it will also open up APIs for tasks, Yammer and Office Graph in the future too.
The beloved app connection service IFTTT is already playing with the new APIs, and will soon offer Office 365 channels so users can create recipes triggered by Microsoft’s services. For example, you could set IFTTT to create a reminder every time a specific contact emails you, or save your email attachments into your OneDrive account.
Developers who want to get their hands dirty can head over to the Office Dev Center and find documentation and code samples to get started right away.
In addition to the new APIs, Microsoft also launched new Android, iOS and Visual Studio SDKs for easier app development across platforms. The iOS SDK includes support for Objective-C out of the box, and will support Apple’s new programming language, Swift, soon.
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