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OData compliance


Overview of OData compliance.

The Commerce Service API is based on Open Data Protocol (OData). OData provides metadata that allows external systems to discover Commerce capabilities and data structures. OData also supports annotations on metadata, which provides basic validation requirements and enumerations so that smarter clients can pre-validate and provide drop-down support for enumerable properties.

Most Microsoft products can natively consume OData. For example, Excel can connect to an OData source allowing the use of Power Pivot or other Excel-based analytic tools to be easily integrated. Other Microsoft products, including Microsoft Dynamics AX, support OData in their service layers.