October 27, 2015
Single purpose API
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In Microsoft's journey to make Office an open developer platform, the company has taken the next step by making the Excel REST API generally available. Now developers can integrate the business productivity tool with third party services like accounting software, emails, surveys, etc.
To provide more options in searching for relevant contacts, Microsoft has decided to transition WorkingWith API users to its new People API. The People API not only provides more robust metadata than the WorkingWith API, the People API includes greater browse/search functionality and ranking system.
Startups need to build quickly and iterate quicker. That means not re-inventing the wheel -- whenever possible. Just 5 years ago, people were asking why would you use an API? This has quickly turned to why wouldn't you! Since March 2007 there are 14 times as many APIs listed on the ProgrammableWeb site. And the growth rate is accelerating. API listings on ProgrammableWeb have exploded this year so far, doubling the same period last year, and about four times the same period in 2010 (see chart below).