Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in #Office365Dev | 0 comments

If you didn’t know, there’s a new Admin Center for Office 365. As of this blog post, it is still a preview. If you would like to learn more about this new preview, and start using it – head over to the official announcement: https://blogs.office.com/2016/03/04/announcing-the-new-office-365-admin-center/

In this post, we will focus on one thing: the new deployment mechanism for Office add-ins. In the past, we’ve been able to deploy Office add-ins using a SharePoint App Catalog and other techniques – but now, we have a seamless way of doing this. In addition, we are able to easily tailor the access control for these Office add-ins. Let me show you how!

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Head to the Admin Center of your Office 365 tenant: https://portal.office.com/AdminPortal/Home

  1. Expand the Settings section.
  2. Click on Services & add-ins.

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  1. Click on the Add an Office Add-in button.

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Next up, you need to select from which source you will upload your manifest file. You can choose either a local file, or a public URL. As long as it provides a valid Office add-in manifest file. In this blog post, I will use a local file.

  • Click on the Browse button and choose your manifest file.
  • Click on the Next button.

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Next up you will be able to customize the Office add-in in a few different ways. Let’s take a quick look at the various options.

  1. First up is the Status option. With this, you will be able to turn on and off the Office add-in.
  2. Below is the Add-in Data option. This is where the basic information described in the manifest file is displayed.
  3. Lastly in the Who has access? section, you will be able to control which users or groups of users are able to access this Office add-in.
  4. Click on the Edit button in the Who has access? section to edit this property.

Remember that you can always go back and change these options later on.

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  1. Finalize the options by clicking the Save button.
  2. The manifest file will now be saved in the Office 365 tenant.
  3. Your Office add-in will now be available in the new Office 365 tab in the Office applications. You can read more on how to start using Office add-ins here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Start-using-your-Office-Add-in-82e665c4-6700-4b56-a3f3-ef5441996862?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

This new way of distributing Office add-ins across the organization is streamlining the ability to manage and maintain solutions across the tenant. Empowering the IT administrators to deploy and empower the organization with Office add-ins. Remember to check out the announcement blog post about the new Office 365 Admin Center preview: https://blogs.office.com/2016/03/04/announcing-the-new-office-365-admin-center/

-Simon Jaeger