Today at the Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle, Microsoft detailed new features for Office that will make it easier for organizations and IT administrators to locate and deliver relevant applications and add-ins to their users.

The company announced two significant features related specifically to Office:

  • Microsoft linked the Office Store to Microsoft AppSource, its hub for business applications. The move is designed to help admins find new Office 365 apps and solutions that could help their users, and it makes the job of finding those apps and add-ins easier, because they'll no longer have to search in two different places.
  • Microsoft also said its centralized deployment of Office add-ins feature, which is currently available in a developer preview, will be generally available "soon." The feature lets admins auto-deploy add-ins, and it makes certain add-ins available to users directly from the Office "ribbon." This centralized deployment is also now supported on Office for Mac and Office Online, letting admins deploy add-ins from the Office Store and using deployment scripts, according to Microsoft.

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