New Open Source SDK for Android Brings Office 365 Apps to Life

New Open Source SDK for Android brings Office 365 Apps to Life

Your Android app can now reach millions of Office365 users. It’s now possible to use data stored in Microsoft Office 365 from your Android Apps. You can access lists, folders or Exchange contacts and emails, among other useful productivity features.

Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. (MS Open Tech) is announcing today a new open source project from the MS Open Tech Hub to help Android developers access Office 365 data from their apps. The Office 365 SDK for Android Preview, provides access to:

• Microsoft SharePoint Lists

• Microsoft SharePoint Files

• Microsoft Exchange Calendar

• Microsoft Exchange Contacts

• Microsoft Exchange Mail

The SDK is modular, containing three independent packages to manage files, lists and mail/calendar/contacts, letting app developers select only the module(s) they need.

The SDK is compatible with the following Android versions: 4.0.3 (API15),4.1.2 (API16),4.2.2 (API 17), 4.3 (API18),4.4.2 (API19). Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and KitKat.

Office365 has a strong focus on security, and this SDK is no exception. Access is secured using Windows Azure Active Directory (AAD) so apps will need to obtain an access token before they can operate with Office365 objects. That is easy enough to do by downloading and installing the ‘AAD Android library Preview’ in addition to the Office 365 SDK for Android.

To help you get started quickly, we have created several customizable templates, including:

· Open source sample code for an asset management app that allows the user to create, update and delete items on SharePoint lists.

· Open source sample code to access Exchange online’s mail, contact and calendars.

Additionally we are working on an SDK that covers the discovery API (establishes a simple flow for learning about and using authenticated Microsoft Productivity Services locations for a given user). Until then please look at the sample app that we have written that uses the discovery API to get the list of files from my-lists on SharePoint.

MSOpen Tech Program Manager Josh Gavant will present the Office365 SDK for Android Preview as part of his “Build SharePoint Solutions for Mobile Devices” session at the upcoming SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 5. If you are not able to attend in person, a webcast of his session will be posted to the SharePoint conference portal by the end of the month.

While in Vegas, you may also be interested in these other sessions that will cover the Office365 SDK for Android Preview as part of their content:

· SPC269 - Developer Audience Keynote - What's New for the Office and SharePoint Developer

· SPC373 - Build SharePoint Solutions for Mobile Devices

· SPC309 - The Power of Two: Bringing Microsoft and SAP Closer Together

· SPC3999 - SharePoint Power Hour - New developer APIs and features for Apps for SharePoint

· SPC379 - Integrating Mail and Calendar experiences within Office 365

We encourage you to start using the SDK and let us know how it runs on your device, either by commenting to this post or reporting any issues you see on GitHub.

 

Roopali Kaujalgi
Senior Program Manager
Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.

Eric Mittelette
Senior Technical Evangelist
Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.


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