Office Store Add-ins and Centralized Deployment (oh my)

Blindf8th 61 Reputation points

Good afternoon,

Recently started diving into Office Add-ins from a delivery perspective and need to confirm the following to make sure I have read and understand things correctly. Have come across a few sites that seem to have blurred the line between Microsoft Store and Office Store Add-ins (in Excel > Insert tab > Get Add-ins).

  1. Office Store Add-ins and the Microsoft Store are two completely different things (100% unrelated from one another). Is this correct?
  2. When utilizing the Centralized Deployment method to deliver Office Store Add-ins (Integrated Apps) to AAD users/groups it works great. However, the only way this appears to work is if the M365 Admin Center > Settings > Org settings > User owned apps and services is checked blue to Let users access the Office Store. If this is a requirement (which from testing appears to be the case), is there a way to lock down Office Store Add-in access to the users while deploying the required managed Add-ins we would like them to have? It appears to be all open or completely locked down (meaning we cannot deploy Office Store Add-ins at all). Is this correct or is there another way to approach this? When it does work we can see that the Add-ins we deploy are listed under the Office Add-ins > ADMIN MANAGED section.

Thank you for any assistance or guidance you can provide. If this is not the best forum, please let me know where that might be.


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  1. Emi Zhang-MSFT 22,551 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Blindf8th
    There is no Office add-in forum in Q&A.
    For the first question, in my opinion they are 2 different stores. In Microsoft Store, it provides the UWP apps and this kind of app is operated independently, it will run the instance in task manager. But the Office add-in store, provide the add-ins for Office products and it run on Office products.
    For the second question, you can try to ask this question to Microsoft 365 forum:
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  2. Blindf8th 61 Reputation points


    Good morning and thank you for the response. Greatly appreciated. We will do that. Take care.


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