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Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Development, Microsoft Teams

You can now (or soon) charge money for Microsoft Teams applications

You can now (or soon) charge money for Microsoft Teams applications

In a session at Microsoft Ignite 2020 titled One place for admins to manage Microsoft Teams: What’s new in Teams manageability, Jamie Stark provided some details about a long-rumoured ability which has been a common ask by Microsoft Teams developers: charging money for apps.

It seems that IT Admins will have the ability to purchase licenses for installed Microsoft Teams applications. Whilst giving a demo of the Teams Admin Center, Jamie showed an example of an app with a purchasable plan:

Choosing one of these applications provides more details about the licenses:

Clicking “Purchase now” takes you to App Source to complete the purchase transaction:


So far, I’ve not been able to find any information about how to set up an application to support licenses in App Source. Interestingly, the Commercial marketplace certification policies document still includes a section that prohibits any in-app purchasing:

I guess that technically it’s not the app itself, but the Teams Admin Center which is facilitating the purchasing of an add-on license here. But, I guess we need to wait for updated documentation around how to structure licenses, when they can be used, when they can’t be used, etc.

As soon as I find out how developers can set up their applications to support this exciting and important new addition, I’ll let you know!

Written by Tom Morgan

Tom is a Microsoft Teams Platform developer and Microsoft MVP who has been blogging for over a decade. Find out more.
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