A look at purchasing apps in SharePoint 2013

Posted Monday, November 12, 2012 1:00 PM by CoreyRoth

Most people don’t know this yet, but paid apps went live last week and my app, SP2 Feedback, happens to be the only one available for purchase. :)  Since many are curious about the process, I thought I would post some screenshots of the process.  The process varies depending on how you start it.  Let’s take a look at it as if you did it from your own SharePoint 2013 site.  Go to the Add an App link on your site.  You’ll see the Your Apps screen like the one below.


Click SharePoint Store to see apps available for free and purchase.  Find the app you want to purchase.  In this case, mine is listed under Communication.


There you will see SP2 Feedback listed with it’s Per User price of $19.99.  We’ll now click on the link to get more details about the app.  You’ll be able to look at details, reviews, screenshots, and videos of the app.  You can also opt to purchase it.


The More Actions link lets you manage existing licenses if you have them.  Next to the per use price, you’ll see a drop down.  You can opt to but it for yourself, for more people, or the last option allows you to get a site license. 


Choosing, for more people, allows you to enter a quantity and it will update the price.


The developer has the option of allowing you to buy the app for your entire organization once you reach a certain number of users.  In this case, buying the app for 10 users will allow the entire organization access to it.  The prices is the same in this case whether you have 10 or 1000 users.


After you click Buy It, you’ll be prompted to sign in with your Windows Live Id.


You then are prompted to go to the payment screen.  If your Live Id account already has a credit card associated, it will auto-populate it.  Honestly, I have no idea how I have a credit card associated with my account.  Maybe from XBOX Live?


I blanked out portions of the image so you hackers won’t try to steal my identity. :)  The next step confirms your purchase.


Note that tax is added on to the purchase price.  From this step on, the process is complete and it will purchase and install the app for you. I haven’t gone through the whole process yet, but I think it looks similar to when you add a free app.

Now when you start the process from the Office Store site outside of SharePoint, it works a bit differently.


When you click the Buy button, you are taken to a screen that gives you a code to search for when you use the Add an App menu from SharePoint.


You take that code, search for it, and then click on the link and it takes you to the same purchase process as before.  This is an exciting new opportunity for SharePoint app developers.  Tell us about your experiences.

If you’re at #SPC12 this week, be sure and check out my sessions.  For more information on SP2 apps, see our site.


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# re: A look at purchasing apps in SharePoint 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013 7:23 AM by Gijs

Hello Corey,

Do you have any idea what could be wrong when I receive the message 'Sorry, something went wrong. Sorry, we couldn’t complete your purchase. Please try again later.' after clicking the 'Continue' button when trying to confirm that I want add the app. I am able to develop and deploy SharePoint 2013 apps in my environment and I am located in the Netherland.

Any hints for me? Thanks in advance.



# re: A look at purchasing apps in SharePoint 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013 11:39 AM by CoreyRoth

It could be any number of issues.  I would recommend taking a look at the correlation id and then check your ULS logs to investigate further.

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