Originally posted on Gigaom:
In the run up to the Office 15 release, Microsoft(s msft) execs are talking up a key goal: Making it easy for non-Windows web developers to build add-ons and enhancements to both Office and SharePoint. This is a shift in strategy — Microsoft is trying to make Office — the company’s undisputed cash cow — cloud-worthy while also ensuring that it remains the center of most workers’ computing worlds.
Microsoft held its coming out party for Office 15 a few weeks ago but didn’t talk much about this extension plan. That’s why Riley and Brian Jones, group program manager for the Office Solutions Framework, are on the road this week. (You can download the preview for Office 15 here. Sorry, it’s Windows only, and there’s no timing yet on the Mac version.)