Private Office add-in on AppSource possible?

Joe H 96 Reputation points
2021-05-21T16:32:04.39+00:00

Is it possible to publish an Office add-in to AppSource as private? We have an add-in that will be used by a number of firms, many of which do not have an Office 365 subscription so they can't use Centralized Deployment. Ideally I'd like to be able to publish the add-in to AppSource privately, so only users with either a key or Azure Active Directory account can access it. I have been unable to find any documentation regarding this.

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  1. Sean Laberee 81 Reputation points Microsoft Employee
    2021-05-21T18:09:51.95+00:00

    Hi JoeH,

    Thanks for the question. It's a bit unclear to me why you want your add-in to remain private. If its for security reasons, I'd propose that the solution proposed is inadequate as anyone who does gain access to a manifest or your website can likely accomplish a great deal in terms of access if the sites are not secured. I'd actually recommend having a friendly landing page for your add-in that then gates a lot of the add-in experience behind Azure AD Single-sign on. The landing page can serve as a marketing page for potential customers and the log-in will navigate existing users through to the experience. When going through AppSource validation, you would need to provide our testers with an account so they could validate the integration.

    Thanks!
    -Sean Laberee

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