Microsoft Project Siena (code name) is a new technology for business experts and other app imagineers. Now, without any programming, you can create apps that harness the power of corporate data and content, and web services. Here are some examples of the kinds of apps people have been building:
• Apps for consuming information, for example, product catalogs, video-based lesson plans • Apps for on-the-spot decisions, for example, adjusting insurance claims, accessorizing outfits • Apps for tasks that involve capturing pictures, audio, handwriting and other real world input
Building a Siena app is as easy as editing a PowerPoint or Excel document. You place some visuals on a canvas. You hook them up to your data or favorite services. You customize how your app looks and works. Then, if you need special logic and intelligence, you write some Excel-like expressions. You can use your app immediately, or share it with colleagues or the world.
The best way to learn Siena is to visit http://aka.ms/ProjectSiena, watch a tutorial video, download a sample app for inspiration, and then build your own.
• Quick start: create an app by merely selecting a folder full of images • Add translate, search, speak, and social network connections to any app • Easily and securely read and update to SaaS and IT-created services • Enrich apps with YouTube videos • New Function Explorer