If you develop apps and services for Microsoft then the Office Awards Ceremony is like the Oscars to you. Well, probably not, but still some recognition is good. Microsoft hosted the awards at its Ignite 2016 Conference last week. The company announced a number of winners for apps and services on the Office suite.
The Office Awards Ceremony is Microsoft's attempt to rewards developers. The company hands out prizes for apps and add-ins that create a “productivity experience that is uniquely personal”.
At Ignite, 28 awards were given at the 2016 Office Awards Ceremony. Ten categories are represented during the event and each award is decided by a panel of judges. Microsoft points out that the judging process takes several months. Hundreds of developers are considered, each a creator of Office Store applications.
Apps are also judged from other Microsoft marketplaces, like the Windows Store and Azure. The obvious stipulation is that they must be tied to Office in some way.
Office Awards Ceremony Winners
In an official blog post, Microsoft details some of the winners at the Office Awards Ceremony. Shutterstock was the big winner, taking the “Best Overall Office prize”. The service is an Office plug-in that provides access to over 100 million professional images. The service can be accessed and images chosen without leaving PowerPoint.
DocuSign was the winner of the Best Mobile App Award. This is an increasingly important category considering the expansion of Office on mobile in recent years. DocuSign gives users the ability to submit and sign documents without leaving Office. The apps makes managing eSignatures easy from Office applications, while also making the process more secure.
Microsoft details a number of other winners in its blog. Among them is Boomerang and Zomato, two apps that shared the Best Business Value award.