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Microsoft has introduced its new cloud-based app development platform SharePoint Embedded in public preview. This platform allows companies to develop dedicated applications that store their content in their own existing Microsoft 365 environments.

The new cloud-based SharePoint Embedded platform runs on top of Azure and allows companies to support their own applications and those of Microsoft. This offers a single experience for both end users and system administrators who must manage these apps.

What is it?

App developers and other so-called ISVs can use this platform to provide their apps with various Microsoft 365 content functionality within the applications they build. Using SharePoint Embedded, documents or Excel files, for example, are then managed within the end users’ own Microsoft 365 environment.

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This provides end users with several benefits: greater scalability, robust and consistent content management and the compliance and security they are used from Microsoft365. Microsoft 365 functionality that companies can add to their applications through the new PaaS solution includes Microsoft 365 Backup, Microsoft 365 Archive and the generative AI functionality Copilot for Microsoft 365.

GA next year

Microsoft SharePoint Embedded will become general available mid 2024. The cost of the service is calculated based on storage used, volume of API calls and data transfers. Using SharePoint Embedded does not require new Microsoft 365 licenses.