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The title talks about itself …

  • Developing on the cloud. No need to install anything, you can write your code, build, deploy all on the cloud,
  • No need for more RAMs as SharePoint 2013 and Visual Studio 2012 requires,
  • You can start developing for Office and SharePoint without having to install Visual Studio 2012,
  • You only need good Internet access J
  • Apps have no custom code that runs on the SharePoint servers. Instead, all custom logic moves “up” to the cloud or “down” to client computers.
  • Additionally, SharePoint 2013 Preview introduces an innovative delivery model for apps for SharePoint that includes components like the SharePoint Store and the App Catalog.
  • An app may include SharePoint components such as lists, workflows, and site pages, but it can also surface a remote web application and remote data in SharePoint.
  • An app has few or no dependencies on any other software on the device or platform where it is installed, other than what is built into the platform.
  • This characteristic enables apps to be installed simply and uninstalled cleanly.

So how to get started … First you need to sign up for Microsoft Office 365 developer preview at http://dev.office.com. Or let me make it easier with a direct link to registration https://portal.microsoftonline.com/Signup/MainSignup15.aspx?OfferId=BB85F335-F37F-4CFB-BBE1-7E6EA37AD022&dl=DEVPACK_B_PILOT&pc=9b9d9c81-1558-4425-9e64-ed2e67c98f87&ali=1 If you clicked on http://dev.office.com: then follow below steps:

  1. Click on the picture that says “Sign up and start building apps”

  2. You will go to another page with title “Start building apps for Office and SharePoint” > click on the “Sign up” button

  3. You will go to another page with title “Sign up for an Office 365 Developer Site” > click on the “Sign up” button

  4. Now you see the registration form to fill,
  5. You’ll have to wait for your Developer Site to finish provisioning.
  6. After provisioning is complete, refresh the Office 365 Admin Center page in your browser.
  7. Then, choose the Admin drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the nd choose SharePoint. Your browser opens the SharePoint Admin Center page, as shown below,

The first site listed under the Site Collections heading is your Developer Site. Now click on “Get tools to build apps”

  1. On the details page of the “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools app, choose ADD IT to install the app.
  2. Choose the Trust It button in the next window.
  3. When prompted for your credentials, sign in with your Microsoft account (e.g. your Hotmail account).
  4. After you sign in, you will be granted a license for the app. Leave the installation checkbox checked and then click on the Return to site link.
  5. After installation is complete click on the “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools icon on the All Site contents page to launch “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools.

Next steps for working with “Napa” Office 365 Development Tools