Microsoft AppSource – Find the App that your Business needs

Microsoft AppSource is a web-page provided by Microsoft in order to help businesses improve different aspects of their working environment. You can find this page on: https://appsource.microsoft.com/en-us/

From mail signatures to legal rights apps, Microsoft AppSource can definitely be one of your best allies in the online business market. We can find these applications classified by:

  • Categories: Here you will find apps related to many topics such as… Human Resources, Marketing, Productivity, Sales, etc.
  • Industry: Apps associated to the different types of industries of the market, for example… Education, Health, Government, Agriculture… and so on.
  • Product: Regarding different Microsoft products, for instance… Office 365, Web Apps along with others.

On the bottom of the pagewe can see a sign telling us that we do not need to pay for the application upfront, but we can try it for free and then decide if it’s the proper app to include in our business or not, as well as exclusive Microsoft apps plus some apps provided by Microsoft trusted partners. They ensure you are working with the best people on their respective areas.

In the middle of the page, we can see some of the most recommended applications for businesses and if we click on them, we will get in detail information about the service they are selling. We can also see the ratings of the applications, however, in some cases this information is not available simply because they haven’t been reviewed or bought in this web-page.

At the end of the page, we can also see some other related web-pages related to Microsoft sites divided in lists by categories so if you are looking something specific in the Microsoft website maybe this web-page can help you.

Microsoft AppSource is something that can be really useful if you have a business working environment that lacks a few things here and there, and we highly recommend it.

Microsoft AppSource

Tech Support and Help: Microsoft License Terms

Microsoft License Terms are simply the conditions set forth by the company for the use, distribution and reproduction of their products and services. The software maker has different license terms for retail customers and volume licensing clients.

Because as a retail consumer, you may/may not have purchased the program directly from Microsoft, the company offers a form that helps you to find the terms and conditions for your product.

Finding product specific Microsoft License Terms

You will have to provide information on how the program was procured. You could have bought the program as part of a software package or from Microsoft directly or it could have been offered with the hardware.

Once you pick from the two available options, your product choices get narrowed down to the 16 programs that are sold pre-installed and 34 software products that are directly sold by Microsoft or as part of a package.

You will also have to specify the version of the program that you are using and your language to access the licensing terms.

What exactly is included in the license terms?

Although the terms and conditions of use are product specific, there are many similarities. For instance, regardless of the product in question, by using the software you provide your acceptance of the terms. The company, like all others, makes it clear that you cannot and should not use their products if you don’t accept these terms and conditions of use. Having said that, the licensing terms include clauses that deal with:

  1. Installation: The number of computers on which the program can be installed and the number of users who can use the program on that computer.
  2. Distribution: The restrictions imposed on sharing the program with other users whether for money or not.
  3. Limitations: Information on how the various features and accessories of the program can and cannot be used.
  4. Transfer and Backup: Limitations on your rights to create a backup copy and transfer the program to other devices.
  5. Upgrade and/or downgrade: Details on using programs with older/newer versions of the company’s software products.
  6. Support and updates: Information on whether Microsoft provides support for the software and the company’s rights to install automatic updates (where applicable).
  7. Validation and activation: Details on mandatory activation with the use of the key provided at purchase and validation of activation as well as unauthorized software that changes the program that is created by Microsoft.

These are just some of the clauses that you will find in the licensing terms. In addition to the above, there may be several other product-specific conditions imposed on the use of a software. So, it is always best to take a few minutes to glance over the Licensing terms before using the program.

Microsoft License Terms

Previous Versions of Microsoft Products

This page appears in the products section of the Microsoft website. The standard tape appears at the top with links to the rest of the website and, in this section, a button to purchase Office 365 is added. A white box with a drop-down menu appears in the top-right section which allows you to change the country you are interested in. A shaded box takes up most of the screen, with an image of a desktop PC and slightly older looking printer to the right-hand side. On the left is a large heading: “The tools you use every day, only better with Office 365”. A paragraph follows which asks the reader if they are using an older version of Office and explains Office 365 can allow access to the most up to date Office apps. Two red buttons appear beneath the paragraph, one to purchase Office 365 and one to try for free.

The next part of the page contains a large heading stating customers can do more with Office 365 followed by a paragraph outlining some of the features of the subscription. Three images appear below this paragraph, one for Office 2007, 2010 and 2013. The name of the version and a paragraph with further information appears beneath each one. This information refers to the improvements made to various tools such as features in Word and PowerPoint. Clicking on the image takes you to a page that offers an upgrade to Office 365. A blue “learn more” link also appears below each paragraph.

At the very bottom of the page, text in black says “Follow Office” adjacent to four icons for different sites: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the Microsoft blog. Beneath this, a shaded box shows an outline of the rest of the website and clicking on each title will take you to the relevant page. The copyright for 2019 appears in the bottom right corner in small text.

Previous Versions of Microsoft Products

People App Help

This page features in the support section of the Microsoft website. At the very top of the page, the standard Microsoft website header lists links to the rest of the site. Below this, a narrow blue tape spans the width of the page with three possible links: the first to Windows support; then downloads, community and finally “contact us”. The heading “People App Help” is written in large, black text on the next row, In smaller text, under the heading, we are told which versions of Windows the section applies to, in this case, Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.

To the right-hand side of the heading, three links appear in blue. One link allows you to email the article, another to print and the third takes you to more information about subscribing to RSS Feeds. The next row includes a paragraph that explains how the People app is an address book that links features such as contacts and calendars.

The next part of the website features a screenshot from the app itself, showing a contacts list with the details of one contact highlighted. The next section has the subheading “Getting Started” and three blue links appear beneath. Clicking on each link opens a further paragraph on the same page with more information. A small button offers the option to toggle between showing or hiding all further information.

The next section follows the same style, with a section heading and a list of blue links that open a paragraph with more information. This section refers to contacts and each blue link provides a set of instructions, for example, including how to add or edit contacts.

The next section refers to People on the taskbar followed by an overview paragraph and a further set of blue links to instructions. At the bottom of the page is the date the page was last updated and options Yes or No to answer the question “Did this solve your problem?”

People app

Microsoft Technet Documentation and resources

As the name suggests, Microsoft TechNet is the online hub for all technical information pertaining to the company’s products and services. Originally, TechNet was a subscription service which allowed users to download Microsoft’s products for private use.

However, this facility was discontinued in 2013. Since then, the web portal has exclusively functioned as a channel for information about Microsoft technologies and an open dialog between IT professionals, Microsoft product users and the company’s experts.

The present day Microsoft TechNet Documentation and Resources site!

Currently, the site is a repository of documentation, discussions and details that IT professionals and end users would need to successfully use Microsoft technologies and products.

The information offered on the portal comes from Microsoft as well as from the worldwide IT professional community at large. The website is available in 12 languages and hosts nearly 12,000 documents.

What will you find on Microsoft TechNet Documentation and Resources web portal?

  1. A library: If you are an advanced user or an IT professional, TechNet’s library will prove to be its most valuable resource for you. Divided into 21 sections, the TechNet library is home to the company’s complete knowledge base, which includes white papers, case studies, technical training material, guides for operation and more.
  2. A forum: An open exchange of information among community members, TechNet’s forum allows Microsoft’s experts and IT professionals from all over to pool their knowledge in one place.
  3. A blog: Although only Microsoft employees are allowed to upload their posts on TechNet’s blogging platform, there sure are a lot of expert opinions and views on there that make it worthy of your time.
  4. The TechNet Wiki: It goes without saying that Microsoft was inspired by Wikipedia on this one. TechNet’s Wiki has the same features as Wikipedia and offers all community members the ability to contribute to, edit, enhance and even provide comments on existing and new topics.
  5. The downloads: This section allows you to download service packs, security updates, drivers, apps, SDK’s, developer tools and more.
  6. The troubleshooting: Perhaps the most useful section for newbies, expert and advanced users, under it, you will find details on how to use TechNet to solve problems, information on event IDs and error codes and a lot more.
  7. The learning: If you are interested in learning more about Microsoft technologies, this is the section for you. You can join Microsoft’s virtual academy, attend online training sessions led by experts, find a classroom event and get details on Microsoft’s tech showcase events from the training section of the portal.

The topics covered by these sections include just about every service and product that the company offers. The key topics are divided into 3 sections; cloud platform, productivity and mobility. Together, these 3 sections cover Office 365, SharePoint, Windows, SQL Server, Microsoft Azure and others.

In addition to all of this, you can sign up for free trials of Microsoft’s products and services by accessing the Microsoft Evaluation Center through the TechNet portal. The platform also has the most up to date information about training and events held by Microsoft. Simply put, if it’s about Microsoft, you will find it on the TechNet site!