Inside Office 365's APIs

Office 365's APIs are crucial to Microsoft's cloud strategy. Here's a quick primer on how to take advantage of them

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Last year Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the Office 365’s APIs were the company’s most strategic -- and most valuable.

Designed to open Microsoft’s cloud productivity platform to developers, Office 365 APIs are collections of tools that simplify building Office’s cloud services into your apps. Microsoft’s cloud services are at the heart of its current strategy, and its APIs are a big part of how it delivers those services to everything from Android phones to Node.js Web applications. 

Using familiar REST APIs, and providing SDKs for common platforms, Microsoft is aiming to use Office 365 and Azure Active Directory as hubs where apps store files and users build collaborative relationships with others.

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