Students compete to improve Office with their own apps

Students compete to improve Office with their own apps

We all know and love Office, but have you thought of any ways in which it could be improved? You may feel that there is an important feature missing, or perhaps you would prefer it if certain things looked a little different. Teams of students are now taking part in the Apps for Office Challenge to create a web app that could win them up to $5,000 -- and could add those feature you have been looking for.

The challenge is to build a web app using HTML, JavaScript, PHP, or .NET which will work inside Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint. Despite being a web based app, creations can be used in conjunction with installed desktop software, adding features and changing the way things work.

Participants have already submitted their app proposals and have been supplied with a free copy of Visual Studio Professional 2013. They are now working directly with the Microsoft Office team and the winners will be available for purchase in the Apps for Office Store.

In a little over a month, a selection of teams will move forward to round two, before apps are completed by the end of April. From the finalists, two winners will be selected and will be taken to Seattle before a winner is chosen.

So over the coming months we should see some interesting Office apps from young talent making its way in the store -- we can’t wait to see what’s produced!