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Chapter 5, “Introducing Windows Azure and SharePoint 2013 Integration,” introduces the benefits of cloud computing. Chief among these benefits is the ability to separate portions of responsibility to different services or providers. This decoupled approach is as familiar to anyone used to a services-based approach to application development as it is to infrastructure architects who leverage a mix of hosted and on-premise servers. Microsoft Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 leverage the capabilities of the cloud within the new app experience.
An app is a self-contained functional application, complete with user experience, data storage, and business logic. Anyone familiar with modern mobile devices is familiar with the concept of an app. Apps for Office and SharePoint combine the power of enterprise software with the flexibility of the Web. Apps are specifically targeted to solve specific business scenarios, and due to their self-contained ...