Via @WinObs and @Surfacegeeks the news reached us a few minutes ago, that the much anticipated Project Siena is rearing its head in the Store. You ask what is this all about? It is Microsoft’s take on popular App designer sites like Ideanotion’s “IdeaPress”. Where you can just put some few modules together and voila you have a Windows 8 App! No code, no night after nights of learning a GUI layout principles. Just like Lego, you take all individual parts, stitch them together, add some data component at the background and you have a fully functioning Windows 8 app.
No don’t get me wrong, you will not write the next Microsoft OneNote’s competition with these tools, but as a layman, it helps a long way to get your popular sites, and interests featured in the windows store. Taste of the pudding like they say is in the eating. You need to download this app and give it a spin to know its strength and weaknesses. And more so, this is a Beta of the App, so you feedback will go a long way to make App publishing a domain of the common man.
Here is Microsoft’s App description in the Store:
Microsoft Project Siena (code name) is the beta release of a new technology for business experts, business analysts, consultants and other app imagineers. Now, without any programming, you can create powerful apps for the device-first and cloud-connected world, with the potential to transform today’s business processes.
• Apps to explore media-rich product catalogs and create ensembles that together serve a customer’s needs
• Apps used on the spot to resolve customer service bottlenecks and logistics exceptions, with the custom intelligence to help the user make local trade-offs
• Apps for auditing and inspecting a manufacturing facility through photos, videos and pen and voice notes, all tied to an asset database
Siena apps are as easy as editing a document. You place some visuals on a canvas. You hook them up to your data. You customize how your app looks and works. Then, if you need special logic and intelligence, you write some Excel-like expressions. You can use your app immediately, or share it with colleagues or the world.
With Siena, you can conceptualize, validate and build your app ideas almost as fast as you can come up with them. And if your needs change tomorrow, updating your app is no problem. Open it. Change it. Share it again, and you’re off to do business.
Siena works well with corporate and web data and media content: SharePoint lists, Excel and Azure tables, RSS feeds and the gamut of RESTful services.
Install Siena, watch one of the how-to videos at http://aka.ms/ProjectSiena, and then build the app that you’ve been imagining… in under an hour.
- Conceptualize, validate and build your app ideas as easily as editing a document
- Connect to corporate and web data
- Compose rich interactive visuals to create custom, unique apps
- Add business logic and intelligence using the power of Excel-like expressions
- Use the app yourself, share with colleagues or with the world
And a few Screenshots for your curiosity:
I can tell you for sure, this app was built for me. Some of us in Tech have a very busy day-job that doesn’t allow us much time to dive into full time coding even if we’d love to. To be able to quickly throw things together and churn out an App goes a long way. For example I will never use any third-party Password manager, no matter how good they are. I have something I threw together in Microsoft Access that I want to bring to Metro. This is my God-sent help.
If you’re like me, go download this app now and give your ideas a spin. Download via the source link below.