The practical realization of the dream of making a free app and then eventually earning money
Microsoft made some improvements to the store recently. All improvements are welcome. Microsoft has its own add-ins and is focused on strengthening the platform, Office and SharePoint.
I do not work for Microsoft. No thank you.
I'm, just to make it clear, just as any other developer or a company trying to make money from SharePoint add-ins. My own Store is also open for business.
In the following I'll describe how it is to be a customer at the Microsoft's SharePoint store, the process of finding an app, buying the app... Oh, it is called add-in now...
1. Searching for a SharePoint add-in from SharePoint
I clicked on "Add an app" and searched for "page layouts" from SharePoint
It's been 4 years since I've started selling SharePoint apps at Office Store. I was one of the pioneers. Through the years I got used to selling SharePoint apps directly to customers by accepting payments to my account or with PayPal. Recently, I opened my own Store
And I'm thrilled. There is no point in comparing it to the Office Store. It is so much better.
And I'm more than thrilled. It took me less than a day to set it up. Click here. Click there. I got my products, prices, pictures. I can do a discount code for purchases. I accept PayPal and credit card payments with Stripe. All that for around $30 a month.
I could make it even better with custom look and feel, nice pictures. OK, I'll do that :-)
From time to time, I get emails from Shopify with links to articles that can improve my sales. They want me to sell.
I do have a SharePoint app (25 apps to be exact) at the Store for Office and SharePoint Apps.
No, I don't have 1 billion customers :-)
I enjoy building apps. First I get an idea, then I code the app, style the app, test the app. At the end I do a support document, text, images, and video to present the app for potential customers. Then comes advertising, contact to customers, updates...
And I try to keep my feet on the ground, and that's the reason for a smiley after "No, I didn't" and "No, I don't"
Building apps for Office Store differs from building custom solutions directly to customers. Most of the times, you have to come with idea for an app your self. Most of the time, you don't even know who bought your app.
Blah, bla, bla, no I didn't sell 1 billion apps :-)
I talked about apps with many developers and they were all listening me talking about hosting, app id…