Microsoft Garage’s Script Lab allows you to try Office JavaScript APIs inside Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Microsoft Garage’s latest project Script Lab allows developers to create and run Office Add-in code snippets from within Excel, Word, or PowerPoint, using JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and data from the web. There’s no need to install any other software or configure your environment, you can start experimenting with the Office APIs without ever leaving Office apps.

  • Create and edit code snippets that can include JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and references to libraries and data on the web
  • Run the snippets and instantly see the result in a task pane and in the Office document
  • Get started quickly with a selection of samples
  • Share and save your snippets with GitHub gists
  • Learn the JavaScript API with the help of IntelliSense while you edit
  • Try TypeScript: make use of lambda functions, template strings, or even the latest TypeScript 2.0+ features like async/await
  • Prototype an add-in you’re planning to develop.

Script Lab is supported in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint (Office 2013 and later, Office Online, and Office for Mac). You can download it for free here. Microsoft has open sourced Script Lab, you can find the source code here.

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