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Chris1969
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AppSource vs. Office Store: What's the difference ? / Why one vs. the other ?

We are considering building an add-in for Office (a value-added feature which end-users can invoke directly within Outlook, etc.), but I do not understand when an add-in should be distributed through AppSource (see: Publish your app on AppSource) and when it should be distributed through the Office Store (see attachment excerpted from M365: Installed Add-ins).

 

Could anyone please clarify:

  1. What is the relationship between AppSource and the Outlook Store ?
  2. When should one be used vs. the other ?

Thank you for any guidance on this point

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@EricRegnier, thank you very much for this information.

I am still a bit confused because the video within Microsoft's online documentation Code sample: Move from paid apps to paid web apps with free apps shows an Office add-in (at 6:02 within the video; see "SaaS Sample Outlook Addin" four items from the bottom in the pop-up menu) which was licensed through AppSource (and not the Outlook Store). 

 

Could you please help me understand why such an add-in would be available in AppSource, rather then in the Outlook Store? Apologize if I am misunderstanding something fundamental. 

 

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I'm not sure about that specific example, but nothing prevents you from publishing an Outlook app/add-in to App Source. Actually I would recommend both so users can conveniently add it directly from Outlook and search for it in  App Source.

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EricRegnier
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Hi @Chris1969, App Source is for general business related apps, whereas Outlook store are add-ins for Outlook (web and client). So anything related to Outlook should be on the on the Add-in store. Everything else and any productivity apps on the App Source. Not sure if this answers your questions... Cheers

@EricRegnier, thank you very much for this information.

I am still a bit confused because the video within Microsoft's online documentation Code sample: Move from paid apps to paid web apps with free apps shows an Office add-in (at 6:02 within the video; see "SaaS Sample Outlook Addin" four items from the bottom in the pop-up menu) which was licensed through AppSource (and not the Outlook Store). 

 

Could you please help me understand why such an add-in would be available in AppSource, rather then in the Outlook Store? Apologize if I am misunderstanding something fundamental. 

 

AppSource.png

I'm not sure about that specific example, but nothing prevents you from publishing an Outlook app/add-in to App Source. Actually I would recommend both so users can conveniently add it directly from Outlook and search for it in  App Source.

Chris1969
Helper II
Helper II

Thank you very much!

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