The name “apps for SharePoint” is changing to “SharePoint Add-ins” & its official (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/fp179904(v=office.15).aspx#Minor). Any references to the app with-in the SharePoint eco-system will now be termed as Add-in. This is not limited to SharePoint but also Office.
But why this change? Some reasons we get from experts,
- Microsoft’s multi-platform support of Office client across the Windows/Mac, iOS, Android and Windows 10 environments ended terming the Office client as “apps”, and so having “apps” within “apps” was causing confusion
- Microsoft received multiple feedback that “apps” weren’t working in the enterprise space who were building something that was valued at much more than a simple app.
The notion also needed to be consistent here with the name change across both Office & SharePoint for the Office Store perspective.
Whatever may be the reasons, we just need to update our pointers from Apps to Add-ins. Below is the table that might help you to do that.
|Original name||New name||Applies to|
|apps for Office||Office Add-ins||Office|
|mail app for Outlook||Outlook Add-in||Office|
|app for Excel||Excel Add-in||Office|
|app for PowerPoint||PowerPoint Add-in||Office|
|app for Word||Word Add-in||Office|
|apps for SharePoint||SharePoint Add-ins||SharePoint|
|app part||add-in part||SharePoint|
|app web||add-in web||SharePoint|
|SharePoint App Model||SharePoint Add-in Model||SharePoint|
|SharePoint Hosted App||SharePoint Hosted Add-in||SharePoint|
|SharePoint Provider Hosted App||SharePoint Provider Hosted Add-in||SharePoint|