If You’re App-y and You Know It, Clap Your Hands

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Come one, come all! It’s the newest show in town! There’s sure to be something for everyone, a smorgasbord of enticing apps to pique your interest, with free trials to boot!


I know what you’re thinking… and no, the digital circus isn’t pulling into a website near you. I’m actually referring to the Microsoft AppSource, your NEW destination for business apps. Not much is being said about the AppSource and what it can bring to the metaphorical table in terms of user enhancements, but I’m here to give it the 422 words of blogging it deserves.


The AppSource was created with the launch of Dynamics 365. It’s meant to function just as the various app stores do for smartphones and tablets, but is tailored for Microsoft solutions. As with most technological advances, users have proceeded with caution. However, the AppSource is legit. I can speak from experience.


The first thing everyone should know about the AppSource is that in order to earn a listing in this marketplace, all apps undergo an intensive vetting process. The apps are thoroughly tested by the team at Microsoft, with most apps not making a clean pass the first go ‘round. This process requires diligence and determination on behalf of the development teams responsible for creating said apps, so you know you will be receiving a quality product upon install.


Speaking of install, how great is a quick and easy install? These apps are designed to be quickly integrated into your system and most have a Free Trial so you can get started instantly.


Thirdly, the AppSource is full of variety. The header on the homepage states, “Find the right app for your business needs”. This couldn’t be truer! As of now there are over 1,000 apps listed on the AppSource for Dynamics 365, Power BI, Dynamics NAV, Office 365, and other cloud solutions. As software developers, we strive to solve business problems. The AppSource is making it easier than ever for users to get their hands on our solutions, which will expedite the sales cycle, ultimately solving problems quicker.


So, my advice to you is simple: dive in! Spend a few minutes sometime this week perusing the AppSource just to see what’s out there. If you have a pain point, see if a solution is available to help. Be proactive: maybe your system is working great, but could it be even better? It never hurts to keep your cursor on the pulse of what’s new, and I promise you, the AppSource is steadily pumping out the latest and greatest.


Elise Rooney, Marketing SpecialistWritten By Elise Rooney, Marketing Specialist for Rockton Software, a Microsoft Gold Partner.




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