Support for embedding Office.js manifest inside workbook
Currently, the workbook has to have a reference to a manifest stored elsewhere. Managing the manifest in a catalog is inconvenient.
Please provide the support for embedding the manifest in the workbook directly so that the solution is self-contained.
In particular, the source location and app domains are the key elements to include in the workbook.
We are not asking for any special API to embed this information. Just publish the schema for the xml parts.
The key ask here is that Excel be able to read this information from inside the workbook and load the Office.js (Excel) add-in without needing any external manifest.
Great idea. Right now to provide self-contained extended functionality I have to use VBA. I would like to provide my customers with self-contained functionality but loading content from an external server is a non-starter. add-in should be able to be self contained within the workbook similar to a Macro.
Daniel Salsbach commented
This idea should honestly be applied to all office document types.
Shaun Logan commented
+1 especially: "Managing the manifest in a catalog is inconvenient."
For enterprise customers of our add-in, the SharePoint, Office Store, and File Share catalog options are not feasible.