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Office Add-ins community call – June 12, 2019

The Office Add-ins community call is our monthly event for developers to connect in real-time with the folks who are building the Office Add-ins platform and JavaScript APIs. During this call, we share updates about new Office JavaScript APIs and provide tips about useful tools, samples, and resources for developing Office Add-ins.

June’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
  • Keyur Patel, Senior Program Manager, presented a recap of Office Extensibility announcements from Microsoft Build 2019.
  • Kim Brandl, Senior Dev Writer, shared an update about the general availability of Microsoft Edge WebView for Office Add-ins.
  • Joe Zhao, Senior Software Engineer, presented about Working with Excel in Microsoft Graph.
  • Ricky Kirkham, Senior Dev Writer, presented about tips ‘n tricks for working with the Office Add-ins documentation.
  • Andrew Hall, President @ AnalysisPlace, presented about how Office Add-ins power AnalysisPlace document automation solutions.

Watch the call here.

View the presentation here.

The next Office Add-ins community call is on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 8:00AM PST. You can download a recurring calendar invite at https://aka.ms/officeaddinscommunitycall.

Engage with us

Are you interested in delivering a presentation during an upcoming Office Add-ins community call? Or would you be willing to provide feedback aimed at helping to improve the Office Add-ins documentation? If you answered yes to either (or both!) of these questions, please connect with us by completing this short survey form.

Q&A

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 June’s call:

Can you create a new workbook (Excel file) using the Graph API?

Microsoft Graph does not currently support creating a new Excel workbook (file). For information about Graph API capabilities in Excel, see Working with Excel in Microsoft Graph.

The Yeoman generator templates for Office Add-ins are a fantastic way to start learning more about the Office JavaScript APIs. The complexity of the samples seems to be increasing over time though — would you consider adding a very basic ‘hello world’ template for absolute beginners?

We’re happy to hear that you find the Yeoman generator templates useful and appreciate this suggestion. If you’d like to log an issue in the OfficeDev/generator-office GitHub repository to submit this feature request, the team that maintains the Yeoman generator will consider it as they plan future releases.

What is the best way to get technical support for Office Add-ins development? Is there an online forum for Office Add-ins development where I can post questions?

Please post how-to programming questions to StackOverflow with the office-js tag (also include the outlook-web-addins tag if it’s an Outlook question). If you discover a problem or bug with the Office JavaScript API (for example, an API works in Excel desktop but not in Excel on the web), please log an Issue in the OfficeDev/office-js GitHub repository.

We want to deploy our Word Add-in to AppSource. Can you provide a pointer to information about how to do this?

For information about publishing your Office Add-in to AppSource, see Make your solutions available in AppSource and within Office. Additionally, Deploy and publish your Office Add-in contains information about all options for deploying Office Add-ins.

Is there a plan to release a new Word API requirement set with features to enable API access to comments within a Word document? If yes, then what’s the timeline for release?

The engineering team is currently focused primarily on expanding the Office JavaScript APIs for Excel and Outlook. We will consider this feature request as we continue to evolve the Word JS APIs in the future, but there’s no specific timeline we can share at this point.

Resources

From June’s call

Office Add-ins community call

Office Add-ins feedback

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