The practical realization of the dream of making a free app and then eventually earning money
Microsoft made some improvements to the store recently. All improvements are welcome. Microsoft has its own add-ins and is focused on strengthening the platform, Office and SharePoint.
I do not work for Microsoft. No thank you.
I'm, just to make it clear, just as any other developer or a company trying to make money from SharePoint add-ins. My own Store is also open for business.
In the following I'll describe how it is to be a customer at the Microsoft's SharePoint store, the process of finding an app, buying the app... Oh, it is called add-in now...
1. Searching for a SharePoint add-in from SharePoint
I clicked on "Add an app" and searched for "page layouts" from SharePoint
I was in Paris two years ago. I had a session about Branding Office 365. Everything went fine, except the one thing missing - branding. I spent all my time telling people not to brand what today is called classic sites - the old fashioned SharePoint pages and sites that we know from SharePoint on-premises.
I was telling people not to invest heavily in branding. Branding that is often thought of as a long term, one time investment on SharePoint on-premises is no longer so on Office 365.
Constant Microsoft updates are "breaking" your branding and modern pages and sites such as Delve, MySite are built in a different way than the classic sites.
I felt that it was important to tell people about it. But it was a sad session. I'm very positive, glad, smiling, always thinking about new opportunities. Not a Microsoft gray material. People that came to my session were expecting to learn how to brand Office 365. We all ended up being sad. The world …
I tend to write a line in CSS, save the file and refresh the page in browser so I can see the result. Any tool that is more complicated and takes more time to see the result is not for me.
How can you work with CSS on localhost while seeing the result on Office 365?
1. Create a project in Visual Studio and add a stylesheet (I chose Core 1.0 Cloud project)
2. Click on Debug -> Start Without Debugging
3. Browse to the CSS file on localhost
4. Open a SharePoint site on Office 365 that you want to style
5. Click on "S" icon, paste the URL to the CSS file and click on "Add website" button
Don't have the "S"? Sans Style free. Get it at Chrome web store
6. Refresh the page
You'll get this error:
Mixed Content: The page at 'https://toughcookie.sharepoint.com/sites/dev/SitePages/DevHome.aspx' was loaded over HTTPS, but requested an insecure stylesheet 'http://localhost:57355/css/sansstyle.css'. This request has been blocked; the content…