In today’s world of technology, there is an app for everything. In the last few years we have seen add-ons taking off too, like in web browsers and such. Google Chrome, for example, has an add-on for just about everything. It’s almost like smartphone apps but for your computer or laptop.
Microsoft recently decided to reveal a whole series of extensions kind of like that for Office 2016. They are calling them “add-ins”. These add-ins let third-party developers create different services that work together with the companies software suite to do different things and open up new possibilities for productivity.
Add-ins for Office 2016 are going to work across all the different platforms. This means that if you are on your computer, your other computer, your laptop, your tablet, or your smartphone, all of your add-ins are going to be available and usable. One of the very first companies to take advantage of this new service is DocuSign. DocuSign now integrates it’s electronic signatures with Word and SAP and runs right inside of Excel. There are also going to be different add-ins and plugins for Outlook from LinkedIn and Salesforce. These will get you more information and different details about people who have emailed you and will automatically pull up all of their information and details and put them right in front of your face.
This is super handy. You don’t even have to try. If someone emails you, you will know all about them, their accomplishments, their back story, and you’ll be able to see all of their recommendations from LinkedIn. You can decide if someone is worth doing business with before you even engage in conversation and waste your time emailing them back. I can’t really think of anything more convenient.
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Microsoft also announced a new unified API. This is going to make it a lot easier for developers to get all of the Office data and be able to build new compatible products and services. Because of this, new add-ins will be popping up all the time to make your life easier and take care of different cool things.
One neat add-in that will probably be coming out in the near future is an Uber add-in for Outlook. Microsoft Director of Product Management Robert Lefferts was the first person to speak openly about it. This add-in will remind it’s users about upcoming appointments or meetings, or whatever you decide to schedule with it. Lefferts added, “Outlook knew where I needed to be, and Uber knows where I need to go.” The cool thing is that this will even work with iPhone users! Imagine that.
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