Project Siena Beta 2: Enabling business users to create apps connected to enterprise services, web and social

Three months ago, we opened up Project Siena to the public.  The response from enterprise business users, partners and general app imagineers has been great to see. The initial release of Project Siena delivered a tool for non-developers to create mobile apps.  Any business user with PowerPoint and Excel formula skills was empowered to build…

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Navigation and Context in Siena

In Siena, to navigate from Screen1 to Screen2, you need to add a button to Screen1, touch the OnSelect property of the button and select Screen2. this automatically adds a function: Navigate(Screen2, ScreenTransition!Fade). But, sometimes more sophisticated navigation is needed: Always navigate from Screen1 to Screen2, but show different things on Screen2, depending on what…

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Dress by Video: A new way to use product content

As you have noted by now, Project Siena can be used to build some surprisingly powerful experiences – still without any programming, and still within a few hours. Here is one more example. Today, there are plenty of apps that will show you fashion and style videos. Many other apps that will let you explore a product…


Siena is for Expert Apps

Project Siena enables business experts to capture their expertise and deliver apps that help colleagues and customers make great decisions and complete tasks. Today, we are sharing three examples of such “expert apps” – ranging from the simple to very sophisticated. Health Cost Calculator Let’s start with a simple health insurance app for use by…

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Installing Siena apps on Windows RT devices

Siena itself runs on both Windows 8 and Windows RT 8 – includes 8.1. You can author an app in either environment and use it right there, e.g. by pressing F5. However, when you want to publish your app (File | Publish), Siena automatically downloads an installer that works only on Windows 8 (not Windows…

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Submitting a Project Siena app to the Store

In this blog post I’ll describe the steps to take an app created with Project Siena and submit it to the Windows Store. Note, this is an interim method that leverages the Store wizards in Visual Studio Express – but you will not need to do any programming. [This post has been updated for Beta Refresh…

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Tips for using Project Siena

In this blog post we'll detail some quick tips for working with Project Siena. Update: Thank you for all the questions in the comments! We've created a forum for discussion of all things Project Siena (including questions and answers), so please stop on by for more help: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-us/home?forum=projectsiena Editing Expressions Project Siena uses Excel-like expressions…

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Project Siena: Enabling Business Users to Create Mobile Apps for the Enterprise

The proliferation of mobile devices presents a great opportunity for the enterprise.  App experiences that simply weren’t possible before are appearing with more and more regularity. For example: Apps to support conversations, where a customer can reach over and touch the employee’s screen, make changes and ultimately own the solution Apps with the smarts to…

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