July’s call, hosted by Kim Brandl and Doug Mahugh, featured the following presenters and topics:
- Doug Mahugh, Senior Dev Writer, presented an overview of the Office Add-ins
- Anand Menon, Principal Program Manager Lead, presented about Microsoft 365 App Certification.
Watch the call here.
View the presentation here.
The next Office Add-ins community call is on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 8:00AM PST. You can download a recurring calendar invite at https://aka.ms/officeaddinscommunitycall.
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We welcome you to submit questions and topic suggestions in advance of each call by using our short survey form. Here’s the Q&A for questions that were submitted for July’s call:
Is there some kind of session schedule for this call? I’m interested in information related to Word add-ins.
We announce the agenda in advance of each call via @OfficeDev on Twitter.
How can I get a copy of the PowerPoint deck that was presented during this call?
Within the next few days, we’ll be publishing a blog post to the OfficeDev blog that contains a recap of the call and includes both the recording of the call and the PowerPoint deck that was presented during the call.
There will be a blog post from the Outlook team when the new APIs are in production, and for now you can find documentation for them in the preview documentation.
What is the URL for App Certification?
Information about Microsoft Teams app certifications is available here: https://aka.ms/appcertification.
Is the App Certification process that was described during today’s call available for Microsoft Teams only? If yes, the when will it be available for other apps?
The App Certification process described today is currently available only for Microsoft Teams apps. We’re working on extending this certification process to other types of Microsoft 365 (M365) apps (including Office Add-ins), and hope to have something available by 2 quarters from now.
What is “M365”?
M365 is short for “Microsoft 365” — a suite of products that includes (amongst other things) Office 365. For more information, see: https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-365.
Is the NuGet package ‘Microsoft.Office.js’ being maintained and updated with the latest changes?
Yes, the Microsoft.Office.js is being maintained. It’s updated with each “major” API release (such as ExcelApi 1.9, for example), but not with “minor” API additions. Please note that most older versions of the package have recently been removed, and soon we’ll start showing only the latest version of the package (to prevent developers from downloading older versions and ensure they always get the latest and greatest).
Where should I start if I want to use an add-in to update quarterly numbers automatically in PowerPoint?
Where should I start to learn about developing an Office Add-in for Word?
Can we migrate our existing COM add-in (built using Add-in Express) to an Office.js Add-in?
It’s definitely feasible to build an Office JS version of a COM add-in, but doing so will require that you create the Office JS add-in from scratch (i.e., there’s no automated conversion process whereby you can ‘convert’ a COM add-in to an Office Add-in). The first step would be to determine whether all functionality in your add-in can be implemented using currently-available Office JS APIs. The Office Add-ins documentation contains info about Office JS APIs, along with lots of other info that’ll be useful as you build your Office Add-in.
Can we publish our COM Add-in to Microsoft AppSource?
No; it’s not possible to publish a COM Add-in to Microsoft AppSource.
From July’s call
- Office Add-ins documentation
- Microsoft Teams app certification
- Analytic Solver by Frontline Systems Inc.
- Daniel Fylstra’s presentation at Microsoft Build 2019
- Microsoft 365 (M365)
Office Add-ins community call
- Recurring, monthly community call calendar invite
- Community call topic requests and questions
- Community call recordings on the YouTube Office Dev channel
Office Add-ins feedback