Getting Familiar with Apps
In This Chapter
Understanding the concept of a SharePoint app
Adding apps to your site
Configuring a List app
Figuring out how apps fit in with the rest of SharePoint
The concept of an app is new in SharePoint 2013. An app is Microsoft’s attempt to help stem confusion because getting your head around lists and libraries is difficult, especially when you start customizing them. For example, say you start with a custom list and then add columns to make it specific to customers. Is it still just a custom list or is it a Customers list or what? Microsoft posed this question to a number of focus groups and found that people were more comfortable with the concept of an app than a list or library. The result is that every list and library is now called an app.
Apps don’t end at lists and libraries, though. Web developers can create apps that do all sorts of cool things. Because SharePoint 2013 is built using HTML standards, a web developer can take any web functionality and roll it into a SharePoint app. Third parties can put up their apps for sale ...