Office 365: Third Party Applications

Third party applications are add-ins for Office 365 that provide integration between the application and Office 365.  The purpose of these add-ins is to provide extra features and functionality within Office 365.  Use of these tools generally requires registration on the company's website and acceptance of the company's terms of use.

Because of the potential for unexpected consequences such as loss of data, unexpected exposure of information to other third parties, or unintentional access to the user's computer and files, CCS very seriously considers each third party application before enabling it in Office 365.  Along with other considerations about the usability and functionality of each app, CCS requires third party application vendors to provide answers to a Security Risk Assessment Question List which can be found on the Information Security team's website.  Information Security also has an informative blog entry on the CCS website about the risks of using Office 365 add-ins

Support for third party applications

Although each third party apps must pass an evaluation by CCS before being enabled, third party applications are not considered by CCS to be institutional offerings unless otherwise stated.  Enabled third party apps are provided to the University community "as is" and information and support for these third party apps is to be found at each application's website. Many apps offer additional features that are available via paid subscription.   When CCS does enable an app, only the basic version of the app is enabled, and subscription to the paid features of an app is a private financial transaction between the individual user of the app and the app vendor.

Available third party apps currently fall into two categories, Connectors and Tabs, and are only available as add-ins for Microsoft Teams. 

What is a Connector?

Connectors keep your team current by delivering content and updates from services you frequently use directly into a channel within the Team.

What is a Tab?

Tabs allow team members to access services on a dedicated canvas within a channel. This lets the team work directly with the tools and data they provide, and to have conversations about them, in the channel’s context.  Every member of the team can see changes to the content of a Tab in real-time as it is created or changed.

Enabled Third Party Apps at the University of Guelph

Application Name Application Description App Type Provider Website
MindMeister mind mapping tool Tab MeisterLabs
Trello management of to-do lists and tasks Connector Trello

Third Party Apps that have been reviewed but not approved

Application Name Application Description App Type Provider Website
Wunderlist to-do list manager Connector Wunderlist
Boomerang enhanced tools for Outlook/OWA Connector Baydin Inc.

How to request a third party app for use within Office 365?

Is there a third party application that you would like to use within Office 365 that isn't listed above? A request can be made to have Computing & Communications Services evaluate and enable the app by contacting the CCS Help Centre: