Microsoft today announced the new Office Dev Center (http://dev.office.com), a central hub for developers Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync. This new developer portal helps developers find top development tasks, including information, resources, and tools for app development in the cloud. Microsoft is in the progress of unifying their platform and providing one consistent experience for developers across our various workloads, and this newly streamlined Office Dev Center (http://dev.office.com) is one of the main steps.
The previous MSDN experience was the result of various projects and technologies growing somewhat independently, and as a result, we were maintaining six different developer centers dedicated to various Office products and the cloud app model. In this redesign, we’ve consolidated 198 landing and resource pages from across six sites into 25 strategically curated pages.
The new experience is much closer to the way that we on the engineering team vision the platform moving forward. I’ve stressed a number of times the importance of having one unified model that includes rich client extensibility, powerful server/service integration, and deep alignment with Azure for the application hosting and lifecycle management.
I’m a huge fan of the new experience, as it does a great job setting us up for the new unified model, while also keeping a grounded connection to the existing technologies so many people have made significant investments in (like COM add-ins for the rich clients and full trust code in SharePoint).
There are also some nice improvements from a user experience point of view. The navigation is very clean, and one key highlight many of the early previewers called out is the clean, top-to-bottom layout for better readability and display on tablets.
Source: Office Blog