Office 15 to allow for third-party web extensions known as 'Agaves'

Office is a billion dollar operation for Microsoft and new information has surfaced about the upcoming update to the platform, Office 15. According to The Verge, the new version of Office will allow for third party web extensions known as ‘Agaves’.

The third party extensions will reportedly allow for developers to create, within a defined area, an Office application that will interact with the document and provided outside information, functionality, or utility; the third party extensions will be available via the Office Marketplace. Currently, Microsoft is focusing on three ways to integrate the extensions in to Office applications via Task Pane, Content, or Contextual.

A task pane Agaves will appear side-by-side with a document, content Agaves will allow web pages to become part of a document via embedding, and contextual Agaves will work in tandem with Outlook to allow content to be displayed with mail or calendar items.

The Agaves appear to be a natural extension for the Office platform. From the information, it would seem that the Office team is working to bring more content directly in to the Office suite to minimize the need to launch other applications to complete a task.

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Hmmm... Photoshop, Twitter, Facebook, Audio/Video capabilities being able to edit or stream built in media? I see alot of potential here to expand the functionality of Office. I hope they have some good examples and that you can only get them through the marketplace so MS can properly test them first.

That's a virus waiting to happen. Doesn't Microsoft ever learn? I'm not trying to troll but how could this be possibly useful? Isn't there a leaked version of office 15? Where can I get that? does it work on Windows 8 CP? Is it a metro app?

butilikethecookie said,
I'm not trying to troll but how could this be possibly useful?

Get things from web pages, like complex designs or maps or things like that? How could that be useful... Think about it.

butilikethecookie said,
That's a virus waiting to happen. Doesn't Microsoft ever learn? I'm not trying to troll but how could this be possibly useful? Isn't there a leaked version of office 15? Where can I get that? does it work on Windows 8 CP? Is it a metro app?

It is because big companies out there, for example the oil industry, gathers data from specific thrid party vendors (geological data, drilling data, engineering, data, government data) that they deal with that uses a secure web location to upload data, or better yet, gather data from oil wells.

n_K said,

Get things from web pages, like complex designs or maps or things like that? How could that be useful... Think about it.

I could see some use in that for backing up data from webpages that don't have an API to do that.

Like storing all my Neowin contributions offline lol... idk
Or actually making a useful Facebook backup...
"Download your data" is a ridiculous joke...

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

I could see some use in that for backing up data from webpages that don't have an API to do that.

Like storing all my Neowin contributions offline lol... idk
Or actually making a useful Facebook backup...
"Download your data" is a ridiculous joke...

GS:mac

People forget all the enterprise "apps" that are nothing but html/css/js running in IE etc that could, depending on the use, be moved over to run in the Office app that best fits it's need. Nothing says these extensions have to draw data off of the web, it could be an internal web server on an intranet.