Office add-ins do not work with the click-to-run version of Office 2013

If you use the Office 2013 (or confusingly named Office 365 Home Premium Preview) consumer preview, you may find that add-ins and interactions with other platforms (e.g. the online Office 365 cloud offering) do not work.

The Office 2013 consumer preview is available from http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/officepreview, and by default it installs the click-to-run web installer version.

What is the Click-to-run version?

According to http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/what-is-click-to-run-HA101868855.aspx

Click-to-Run is a new way of delivering and updating Microsoft Office to broadband customers using Microsoft virtualization and streaming technologies. Please read below about the benefits of Click-to-Run, as well as information you should know about a compatibility gap between Click-to-Run and some anti-malware solutions.

Click-to-run has a number of benefits:

  1. Click-to-Run is fast, letting you download and use Office in minutes.
  2. People using Click-to-Run get product updates automatically, with no need to download or install patches.
  3. Click-to-Run makes trying Office 2010 easy – it can be used side-by-side with your current version of Office.
  4. Click-to-Run products take up about half the disk space of normal products.

The Office 2013 preview uses a modified version of Microsoft’s App-V application virtualization technology, building on what was done for the Office 2010 version.

But there is a pretty major limitation with this version, which may make you want to use the full fat version.

Office add-ins do not work with the click-to-run version of Office 2013.

This is due to the way that the applications are virtualized. If you try to run, for example, the Live Meeting Conferencing add-in for Outlook with Office 2013 click-to-run version installed, it just says that Outlook is not installed so that it cannot install it.

Likewise, if you try the excellent and essential ASAP utilities Excel add-in (http://www.asap-utilities.com/)

I have also found that you cannot open documents from Office 365. If you do you get and error message:

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The only way around this as far as I can see, is to grab the technet version and download and install the full ISO. This resolved all these issues for me, but I appreciate not much use for those without technet. I have now installed the Conferencing add-in and can open documents from Office 365 with no issues.

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