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Do I need a special licence when distributing an Excel add-in?

I would like to distribute an Excel add-in, which is just a special type of Excel worksheet with some VB code included. Do I need some kind of Microsoft developer's licence or some other type of licence to distribute (or sell) such add-in, or is it sufficient to have a valid standard MS Office licence? Or do I need something like MS Office developers edition?

Thanks for your comments.

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ultrapascalCommented:
I think what the unique prerequisits is what will be installed the excel(office license)
doesnt matter the version.

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PodExpertAuthor Commented:
Well - I suppose that the client has its own Excel licence. I am not ditributing Excel together with my XLA add-in, I am only distributing the XLA plugin itself. Is it ok, when I only have a single Excel licence?
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KeirGordonCommented:
You do not need any office licenses, but you need to have a license to VS.net and the Office Automation package that includes those excel addin projects.


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mlmccCommented:
Did you develop the plugin or is this someone else's tool?

If it is yours (you developed or own the copyright) you can do as you please since the new user will need his own Excel license.

If it is someone else's tool, then you need to verify with them what rights you have.

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InteractiveMindCommented:
> I am only distributing the XLA plugin itself.
Check for copyright for this ad-in. If there's none (or you have permission from it's developer), then you can do what you want. :-)
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gecko_au2003Commented:
Best bet would be to contact microsoft as they will give you all the info you require :)
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PodExpertAuthor Commented:
Maybe I didn't make it clear enough: I am the developer of the plugin. The question is, whether one can distribute plugins created Excel and its Visual Basic, having only bought Microsoft Office. Or do I need at least MS Office Developers Edition or whatever else?

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gecko_au2003Commented:
If you made the plugin yourself then I am sure there wouldnt be a problem, with regards to what else you need or w/e I am not entirely sure.
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SizeyCommented:
You do not need a special license, or a specific version of Office.  

You are the owner of the file that you have created (your addin) - it is very similar to creating a WorkBook, which you can also distribute/sell as you see fit.

I cannot find any explicit confirmation of this, however the information at the following (outdated) link has some useful information regarding the extra features that the Developer edition gives you (under "Distributing Your Solution with the Setup Wizard"), it basically makes life a little easier but is NOT a requirement.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/archive/en-us/dnaro97ta/html/msdn_addins97.asp



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mlmccCommented:
Glad i could help

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