The interest in SharePoint apps has continued unabated since this article was first published. It’s understandable, especially as they work precisely the same way as the ones you know and love on your iPhone or Android phone. Apps are used to introduce new features or applications to a current SharePoint page. The practical apps, which are now called add-ins, are available for download in the Microsoft Office Store.
New Name for SharePoint Apps - SharePoint Add-Ins
Microsoft introduced a new name some time ago. Since then all the SharePoint apps have been called SharePoint add-ins. This change was initiated to ensure a clearer distinction between the extension platform and the Office apps (applications). To make things easier to understand, the table below shows the old name next to the new one.
Apps for SharePoint
App Web Part
Add-In Web Part
Lots of companies have already rolled out SharePoint. One of the main reasons motivating increasing numbers of IT execs to pick precisely this collaboration tool is the fact that SharePoint can be tailored flexibly to suit your individual company requirements. But developing new functions is time-consuming and takes an expert touch. Microsoft’s App Store gives you the easy option of downloading a whole stack of handy features and widgets.
We’ve put together a selection of the most useful add-ins for SharePoint. And the best thing is – all the add-ins are available to download free of charge. Just give it a go!
The Most Useful Add-Ins (Apps) for Your SharePoint
Nintex Workflow for MS Office 365
Nintex Workflow for Office 365 lets users across the organization easily transform processes from simple tasks to complex worklows with just a few clicks and without writing a line of code. All these things secured the app the Office App Award 2017. Read more
Office 365 Timesheet
Office 365 Timesheet is a user-friendly, internal business tool that is used to clock times, obtain management approval or prepare reports. Read more
This add-in provides an overview of the tasks allocated to you. You can also assign your tasks to various categories, e.g. incomplete tasks, current tasks, tasks for today and many more. Read more
Forms Designer by Virto
The Office 365 Forms Designer allows end users to create extensive and impressive SharePoint forms in just a few minutes and without any prior programming knowledge. Read more
This add-in is perfect for anyone who loves to keep things neat and who has a keen eye for good design. Use Metro Tiles to create attractive live tiles quickly and easily and then add them to your SharePoint. Read more
Alerts & Reminders by Virto
Reminders are certainly useful. The SharePoint Alerts add-in for Office 365 sends alerts, reminders and notifications by email from SharePoint Online and establishes a flexible notifications system on your website. Read more
Corporate News Add-In
Use this add-in to introduce news-oriented business communication to your SharePoint. Read more
This add-in helps you to create announcements and publish them in your SharePoint environment. It’s entirely up to you who is allowed to see the message. You can post it to individual colleagues, a certain group or make it visible to the whole organization. Read more
MeetSweet! lets you invite your colleagues, partners and customers to appointments outside your Office environment. Fix the best date for your meeting and use a Calendar event to send your invite. Read more
This add-in is a quick and easy way to create a staff survey or a poll. The results of the survey are visualized as a pie or bar chart. Every user can only vote once, and they will see a diagram showing the results as soon as they have entered their choice. Read more
My Locations is a reasonable map application for SharePoint 2013. You can use it to include maps in your team site and to mark the locations of your company’s branches. Read more
A simple but practical app: Chart uses the Yahoo Finance Charts to display stock data in your SharePoint. Read more
Use this app to subscribe to YouTube videos that are presented neatly in your SharePoint as feeds. It comes with plenty of configuration options to decide which videos are shown in the overview, e.g. filtered for relevance or period. Read moreAll logos: Microsoft
If you are still lacking experience with SharePoint or are working with a legacy version like SharePoint 2007 or 2010, it’s well worth taking a peak at the Microsoft IT Video Blog Channel 9 where a friendly Microsoft employee will show you how easy it is to work with the new add-ins for SharePoint.
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