Microsoft Graph is a gateway to data and insights in Office365 allowing you to easily traverse over objects and relationships to access the information that is sitting in the Office365 services using web standards. Microsoft Graph is an open platform accessible through a secure data access mechanism.
At Build, with regards to Microsoft Graph the following changes have been announced for General Availability:
- Webhooks on Outlook Entities
- Access to consumer services OneDrive and Outlook.com
- OneDrive large file upload/download
The following, but not only this – there is more, went in preview:
- Excel REST API
- Administrative Units
- Find Meeting Time API
- Get/set out of office
- Online meeting links
- Updates to People API
- Updates to trending APIs
Documentation on Microsoft Graph can be found at:
Microsoft Graph: The easiest way to call
As you may know I have been visiting Build 2016 the last couple of days, and I plan to get into some more detail of the announcements made at Build this year. A lot of the ‘smaller’ announcements did not make it into the keynotes so hopefully I can share some information with you that you didn’t already hear before. Even if you did it is nice to have a little recap of what goes on right now.
- 1.2B Office Users
- 85% of Fortune 500 have at least one Microsoft Cloud Offering
- 4T+ emails sent with O365 to-date
- 50K+ new O365 small businesses per month
- 340M downloads of Office mobile
- 3B minutes of Skype calls daily
- 1B+ meetings created per month
- Microsoft Graph API calls 420% monthly growth
The numbers are impressive, but what is it to you? You are probably only one of these users and who cares? Well, the point is, as an Office Developer there is just a huge big open market to target. Build your tools properly and you have 1.2B potential customers of your tooling. The other thing is that more or less Office is the -standard- for most people or at least provides you with the output that everyone is able to read/use, even the ones using tools from competitors.
Earlier I created a custom downloader to download videos from //Build (2011) and was thinking about creating another one for //Build 2012.
I did however remember there was a batch download tool for Channel 9, where the //Build and other events are hosting their videos and searched for it and found it:
Select your //Build 2012 videos and download them here:
It creates either a PowerShell script or a WGET script for you to use and download the videos in one batch. Saves me some work to create another downloader.
The number of sessions this year was a lot lower than last year. Compared to last year //Build 2012 had only 60% of the number of sessions at //Build 2011 (275 last year against 164 this year). This is probably related to the fact that the venue in Anaheim in 2011 was much bigger and Microsoft Campus has only limited space to host their sessions.
Enjoy downloading and watching the //Build 2012 sessions!