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Introducing the Open Specifications Interactive Tiles

Summary: This article introduces the Open Specifications Interactive Tiles. The Tiles are a visual tool that you can use to explore the Open Specifications overview documents for Office client, Lync, SharePoint, Office file formats, Exchange Server, SQL Server, and Windows. The Tiles display, by functional area, the protocols, file formats, and related technologies as described in each overview document.

Published: July 2013

What are the Open Specifications Interactive Tiles?

When customers are using the Open Specifications protocols and other technologies to create interoperable solutions for Microsoft software, services, hardware, and non-Microsoft products, one of the biggest questions we hear is "Where can I find a list of all the technical documentation I need to complete my task?"

In fact, these lists exist in the Open Specifications overview documents. We created the Tiles to make it easier to explore the overview documents and to find the documents you need. The Tiles display, by functional area, the protocols, file formats, and related technologies as described in each overview document. The Tiles include Lync, Exchange Server, SharePoint, Office clients, and Office file format documentation.

You can explore the Open Specifications Interactive Tiles from the Explore Open Specifications page of the Open Specifications Developer Center.

How do the Tiles work?

Launch the Tiles, and then explore them to find the area you're interested in. Once you find what you need, we'll take you to the Open Specifications Interactive Pivot, filtered to your set of documentation. In the Pivot, you can use the Pack and Go features to view or download the documents. You can also send the list of documents to colleagues in email, export the list to a variety of file formats, or bundle all of the target documents into a .zip file to share and view offline.

When you launch the Tiles, you'll see a tile for Lync, Exchange, Office file formats, SharePoint, and Office clients. Click one of these tiles to drill down into the functional areas for that product. For each functional area, you'll find lists of documents.




Expand each list to explore further.




Once you've found what you're looking for, click the list to go to the Pivot, filtered to your set of documents. Pretty cool, huh?




From the Pivot, you can use the Pack and Go features to Zip your documents, send the list as an email message, bookmark the list, or export the list to several different file formats.


Overview document list

These overview documents are included in the Open Specifications Interactive Tiles:

[MS-OCSPROT]: Lync and Lync Server Protocols Overview
[MS-OXPROTO]: Exchange Server Protocols System Overview
[MS-OFFDI]: Microsoft Office File Format Documentation Introduction
[MS-SPO]: SharePoint Protocols Overview
[MS-OCPROTO]: Office Client Protocols Overview
[MS-ADOD]: Active Directory Protocols Overview
[MS-AUTHSOD]: Authentication Services Protocols Overview
[MS-AZOD]: Authorization Protocols Overview
[MS-CCROD]: Content Caching and Retrieval Protocols Overview
[MS-CERSOD]: Certificate Services Protocols Overview
[MS-DOCO]: Windows Protocols Documentation Roadmap
[MS-FASOD]: File Access Services Protocols Overview
[MS-FSMOD]: File Services Management Protocols Overview
[MS-GPOD]: Group Policy Protocols Overview
[MS-MQOD]: Message Queuing Protocols Overview
[MS-MSSOD]: Media Streaming Server Protocols Overview
[MS-NAPOD]: Network Access Protection Protocols Overview
[MS-NETOD]: Microsoft .NET Framework Protocols Overview
[MS-PRSOD]: Print Services Protocols Overview
[MS-RDSOD]: Remote Desktop Services Protocols Overview
[MS-RMSOD]: Rights Management Services Protocols Overview
[MS-STOROD]: Storage Services Protocols Overview
[MS-TPSOD]: Transaction Processing Services Protocols Overview
[MS-WMOD]: Windows Management Protocols Overview
[MS-WPO]: Windows Protocols Overview
[MS-WSUSOD]: Windows Server Update Services Protocols Overview
[MS-SSSO]: SQL Server System Overview

Open Specifications Overview Posters

In addition to the Open Specifications Interactive Tiles, we provide two additional ways you can explore the Open Specifications overview documents. You can view the posters online using Microsoft Zoom.it or download the posters in PDF format. Find posters for the following technologies: Exchange, Office Clients, Office File Formats, Lync, SharePoint, Windows, and SQL Server.