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Are Microsoft Add-ins Safe to use?

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Hi,

I have advised someone to purchase a Microsoft Word Add-in from a third party.

I was wondering...

1. Presumably add-ins are approved by Microsoft?
2. Presumably they don't result in virus's or other nasties ??

Any comments?
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It is highly unlikely that there will be "nasties" includes in an Add-in however there is still a very small likelihood. This is the same for most software that from third parties.

I would however recommend you to advise people in future to move on from XP if they are still using it, due to the discontinuation of security updates.
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Henrydennis has addressed the second part of your question.
To address your first part, Microsoft doesn't approve or reject add-ins. They could only do that if the only method to obtain them is via their own services. As you can download an add-in from anywhere and apply it to your system Microsoft cannot control the process.
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Thanks folks,

I learned something today!
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