Office 2013 and SharePoint application services

Learn about Access Services, Excel Services, Machine Translation Service, PerformancePoint Services, PowerPoint Automation Services, Visio Services, and Word Automation Services.

Overview and usage scenarios for Office and SharePoint services in SharePoint

Office and SharePoint services run on individual application servers in the farm and provide a wide range of functionality. The services that are described in this section provide functionality across the following scenarios:

  • Business intelligence (BI) and Insights enable people to find, analyze, and share information about their work or business.

  • Simple apps let users create basic apps that contain a reliable backing store.

  • File conversion converts Word and PowerPoint files and streams to other formats.

  • Translation translates sites, documents, and streams for multilingual support.

The following table shows high-level scenarios that apply to the services described in this section.

Table 1. Scenarios for Office and SharePoint services in SharePoint

BI/Insights Simple apps File conversion Translation
Access Services
X
X
Excel Services
X
Machine Translation Service
X
PerformancePoint Services
X
PowerPoint Automation Services
X
Visio Services
X
Word Automation Services
X

Note: Not all services and scenarios are represented in this section. For links to developer documentation for other services, see Additional resources.

In this section

Use the links in Table 2 to learn more about developing with the Office and SharePoint services described in this section: Access Services, Excel Services, Machine Translation Service, PerformancePoint Services, PowerPoint Automation Services, Visio Services, and Word Automation Services.

Table 2. Overview of Office and SharePoint services in this section

Service Description
Access Services
See Develop Access web apps
Enables users to create, deploy, and manage collaborative web-based Access applications.
Excel Services
See Excel Services in SharePoint
Enables users to load, calculate, and display Excel workbooks on SharePoint sites.
Machine Translation Service
See Machine Translation Services in SharePoint
Provides automatic machine translation of sites, documents, and sites.
PerformancePoint Services
See PerformancePoint Services in SharePoint
Creates and publishes dashboards that contain interactive data visualizations (such as scorecards and reports.md) that enable people to monitor and analyze their business performance.
PowerPoint Automation Services
PowerPoint Automation Services in SharePoint
Provides unattended, server-side conversion of PowerPoint presentations into other formats.
Visio Services
See Visio Services in SharePoint
Enables users to view and interact with Visio drawings stored on SharePoint sites.
Word Automation Services
See What's new in Word Automation Services for developers
Provides unattended, server-side conversion of documents that are supported by Word.

Not all services and scenarios are represented in this section. For links to developer documentation for other services, see Additional resources.

Additional resources