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Beginning SharePoint 2013 Development by Donovan Follette, Chris Johnson, Steve Fox

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WORD AUTOMATION SERVICES AND THE NEW POWERPOINT AUTOMATION SERVICES

The all-new PowerPoint Automation Services has brought to SharePoint 2013 for PowerPoint presentations, on-premises, what Word Automation Services brought to Word documents for SharePoint in 2010: the ability to convert documents, at server scale, into other formats.

NOTE PowerPoint Automation Services runs on-premises only and not in Office 365 SharePoint Online. This was the case for Word Automation Services for SharePoint 2010 and remains the same for SharePoint 2013.

For Word Automation Services, everything for SharePoint 2010 remains in play for SharePoint 2013. However, the biggest addition is that the architecture for Word Automation Services was reworked to allow for synchronous and asynchronous, on-demand, streamed file conversion to augment the traditional timer job conversions. SharePoint 2010 and 2013 enable you to create a document conversion job that runs on the timed interval of Word Automation Service, which works well to support batch processing of documents. SharePoint administrators can set the time interval for running Word Automation Services to be as often as every one minute, but sometimes that isn’t soon enough. With the redesigned architecture, conversion requests can be submitted and processed in real-time. On demand, streamed requests can be made for one file at a time, and whether synchronously or asynchronously requested, the queue manager/scheduler in the new architecture processes ...

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