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And I Thought Agave Was for Margaritas

Did you ever wonder where on earth they come up with code names for products? I wonder that now. In Office 15 there are new Office Web Extensions code named Agave. Agaves are content aware web applications built with HTML and JavaScript that can extend both desktop and web Office applications. An Agave can appear in several forms: as a task pane (or sidebar), a block within your content, or as a popup that appears when its button is clicked. Microsoft is encouraging Partners to write these web extensions to integrate into their upcoming Office suite. These will then be made available in the new Office 15 Marketplace. Consumers and business users will be able to discover and buy/download Agaves from this marketplace.

Inclusion of ‘Agave’ web extensions into Office 15 or MS Office 2012 will allow for deeper web integration and also help creating an eco-system around upcoming Office 15. Developers will be able to build third-party ‘Agave’ extensions using technologies such as HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and REST in order to create such web extensions.

There are different types of agaves:

• Task Pane agave
• Content agave
• Contextual agave

These web extensions will be supported in core client apps, including Excel 15, Word 15, Outlook 15, and Project Professional 15.

Moreover, Microsoft is expected to enable Agaves to run on the Excel, Outlook, and Mobile Outlook Web Apps. The result is that third-party web apps will be able to take advantage of the latest web technologies and integrate them directly into document templates — something that will appeal to enterprise users.

Coming next…Concept Searching’s agave applications

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