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SharePoint PnP Webcast – SharePoint Customizations – When to use which model?

In this PnP Webcast, we wanted to have a discussion on the different development and customization models for SharePoint. Webcast is in format of a discussion around advantages and disadvantages of each option. We are covering classic farm solutions and sandbox solutions, add-in model, externally hosted apps and upcoming SharePoint Framework. We cover each fo the topics, including considerations for both SharePoint online and on-premises. Key objective was to have open and transparent discussion around the future of the SharePoint developmen techniques and to share considerations around the different options.

Presentation covers following topics:

  • Different customization options for SharePoint with advantages and disadvantages for all of them
    • SharePoint Farm / Sandbox solutions – WSPs
    • SharePoint add-in model
    • Signle page apps / externally hosted apps
    • SharePoint Framework
  • Summary on the options and considerations for each of them

Webcast presenters: Vesa JuvonenWaldek Mastykarz

Presentation used in this web cast is available from

Video at YouTube.

SharePoint development options in one page - includes wsp's, add-in model, external apps and SharePoint Framework

Additional resources

See following resources around the different covered topics.

What is SharePoint Patterns & Practices (PnP) web cast series?

SharePoint / Office Dev Patterns and PracticesSharePoint Patterns & Practices (PnP) webcast series covers different patterns, practices and topics around development with Office 365 and SharePoint. Majority of the topics are valid for the Office 365 and SharePoint on-premises. Our objective is to release new around 30 minute long web cast each Monday with few slides and a live demo on the covered topic. All web casts are published at the PnP YouTube channel with additional references on the existing materials.

PnP is community driven open source project where Microsoft and external community members are sharing their learning’s around implementation practices for Office 365 and SharePoint on-premises (add-in model). Active development and contributions happen in our GitHub repositories under dev branch and each month there will be a master merge (monthly release) with more comprehensive testing and communications. Latest activities and future plans are covered in our monthly community calls which are open for anyone from the community. Download invite from

This is work done by the community for the community without any actual full time people. It’s been great to find both internal and external people who are willing to assist and share their learning’s for the benefit of others. This way we can build on the common knowledge of us all. Currently program is facilitated by Microsoft, but already at this point we have multiple community members as part of the Core team and we are looking to extend the Core team with more community members.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback around PnP program or this blog post, please use the Microsoft Tech Community (SharePoint Developer group).

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Vesa Juvonen, Senior Program Manager, SharePoint, Microsoft – 13th of February 2017