Submit add-ins and web apps to the Office Store

Submit Office and SharePoint Add-ins and Office 365 web apps to the Office Store

Office and SharePoint Add-ins

Make your Office Add-ins, SharePoint Add-ins, or Office 365 web apps available to users in the Office Store.

Last modified: November 02, 2015

Applies to: apps for Office | apps for SharePoint | Office 365 | Office Add-ins | SharePoint Add-ins

Note Note

The names "apps for Office" and "apps for SharePoint" are changing to "Office Add-ins" and "SharePoint Add-ins". During the transition, the documentation and the UI of some Office and SharePoint products and Visual Studio tools might still use the terms "apps for Office" and "apps for SharePoint". For details, see New name for apps for Office and SharePoint.

The Office Store provides a convenient location for you to upload new solutions that are aimed both at consumers and businesses. To include your app or add-in in the Office Store, you submit it to the Microsoft Seller Dashboard. You will need to create an individual or company account and, if applicable, add payout information. For details, see:

After you submit your account in the Seller Dashboard, your account goes through an approval process. Account approval involves the following:

  • Identity validation - This process confirms your identity for the Seller Dashboard. It helps to protect you from unauthorized developers who might try to submit apps or add-ins using your identity. It also helps to assure customers that apps or add-ins in the Office Store and other marketplaces are authentic and come from a known source. Microsoft works with third-party companies, such as Dun and Bradstreet, to provide identity validation services. Timely responses to requests for information help accelerate the identity validation process.

    For company accounts, after you submit your account for approval, your company might receive a phone call or an email message to validate the account information and to confirm your affiliation with the company.

  • Account information quality - Our quality assurance team will review your marketing profile for quality and for editorial issues, such as misspellings or grammatical errors. A well-written marketing profile can substantially increase customer interest in your apps or add-ins. To ensure that your marketing profile is well-written, see Content quality and formatting requirements in Tips for a smoother account approval process. If your profile doesn’t follow the quality requirements, the team will request changes, and you can submit your account for approval again.

    Note Note

    Because there are several steps in the validation process for your account, the approval process can take between 1 and 14 days. If the process has not completed 14 days after you submit your account for approval - that is, either your account is approved or you receive a request for changes - contact support.

    You can submit your apps or add-ins for approval only after your account is approved, but you can add and save them during the account approval process.

During the approval process, you cannot edit your account information. If you edit your account information after your account is approved, your account goes through the approval process again. Depending on the changes, this approval might take less time than the initial account approval.

After your account is approved, you can submit your apps or add-ins to the Seller Dashboard. You can make changes at any point before you submit for approval, but during the approval process, you won’t be able to make any changes.

In order for your apps or add-ins to be approved:

  • It must be free of viruses. If you need virus detection software, see the Microsoft Safety & Security Center.

  • It must not contain inadmissible or offensive material.

  • It must be stable and functional.

  • Any material that you associate with your apps or add-ins, such as descriptions and support documentation, must be accurate. Use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar in your descriptions and materials.

  • If you want a tailored experience for users in regional store, you can add additional languages so that your add-in appears in another language store with localized metadata. Your service and your add-in manifest must be updated appropriately. You must also provide descriptions for each language you add.

When the validation process is complete, you will receive a message to let you know that either your apps or add-ins is approved, or you need to make changes and resubmit it. You can also follow these steps to check the approval status in the Seller Dashboard:

  1. Sign in to the Seller Dashboard with your Microsoft account.

  2. On the APPS tab, under manage, your app or add-in status appears under the app or add-in name.

    • If the status is pending approval, your app or add-in is still being verified. When it is in this state, you can’t update or resubmit it.

    • If the status is approved, your app or add-in is approved to be listed in the appropriate marketplaces.

      Note Note

      After your app or add-in is approved in the Seller Dashboard, there might be a delay before it is published in a store. After approval, an app or add-in typically appears in the store within 24 hours. If you have questions or issues with the approval process, see Support Resources.

    • If the status is changes requested, your app or add-in needs changes in order to be approved. Choose the app or add-in, and then on the summary page, choose View the add-in report for details about the required changes.

If you make changes to an approved app or add-in, it must go through the approval process again.

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