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Unleash your expertise and imagination with Project Siena

I’ve recently been very actively playing with Project Siena. Microsoft Project Siena (code name) is a new technology for business experts and other app imagineers.

Without any major programming, you can create apps that harness the power of corporate data and content, and web services for the Windows 8 Platform.

Here are some examples of the kinds of apps people have been building:

  • Apps for consuming information, for example, product catalogs, video-based lesson plans
  • Apps for on-the-spot decisions, for example, adjusting insurance claims, accessorizing outfits
  • Apps for tasks that involve capturing pictures, audio, handwriting and other real world input

Microsoft states that “Building a Siena app is probably as easy as editing a PowerPoint or Excel document”. And this claim is actually true once you get the hang of it.

You place some visuals on a canvas. You hook them up to your data or favorite services. 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.

The best way to learn Siena is to visit the site, watch a tutorial video, download a sample app for inspiration, and then build your own.

You can use Project Siena, which is now in Beta 3, to create and deploy a spectrum of highly functional, valuable apps. As it’s a beta still some road ahead but so far it’s looking great and the support on the technet forums is top notch.


Frederik De Breuck is better known as Stonyarc (GamerTag). Next to writing and maintaining his personal blog he is the owner of and . He's also Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) since 2010 and works as Presales Director for Fujitsu Belgium.

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