Microsoft Reportedly Building AppSource Business Apps Store
Microsoft is reportedly building a business apps store that will be called AppSource, designed to help businesses find software to enhance existing Microsoft products like Power BI and Dynamics AX.
Last week the AppSource site was up briefly at appsource.microsoft.com, but was then taken down, according to IDG News Service. The site described the store as a place where users could find software-as-a-service offerings from Microsoft and its partners that they could test out for free before purchasing.
Someone at Microsoft reportedly made a test version available on the public internet by mistake, where it was discovered by a Microsoft follower who uses the name Walking Cat, on Twitter. WalkingCat is also credited with leaking information about Microsoft’s upcoming HoloLens device.
Developers who want to list their app in AppSource will be required to offer a free trial and let their application be integrated with Azure Active Directory, Microsoft’s cloud-based identity and authentication service, according to documentation that was apparently accidentally published. Users will be able to “refine by category” or “refine by industry” options to search for the type of apps they want.
The apps will be reviewed by Microsoft before it is published in AppSource. The company is expected to launch AppSource with several partners, including Dynaway, XAPT, AvePoint and SBS Group. Each integrated app is supposed to work with a Microsoft product, such as Dynamics CRM, Dynamics AX, Azure or Power BI, IDG News Service reported.
Although Microsoft hasn’t commented about the date of the launch, there is speculation that it will be released or announced at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto in two weeks.
According to WalkingCat, when clicking on the “How it works” page, a video of 1980s pop singer Rick Astley singing the song “Never Gonna Give You Up” came up in place of any information about how the new service would work. A screenshot WalkingCat posted revealed several categories businesses could search for available tools to conduct specific tasks, such as customer service applications.
This isn’t Microsoft’s first attempt to help businesses buy applications online. It also recently launched Windows Store for Business, which is geared at helping business users buy native apps for Windows 10 related to productivity and analytics, collaboration, and learning and development, among other categories.