Publish apps for Office and SharePoint to the Microsoft Seller Dashboard

apps for Office and SharePoint

Learn about publishing and sharing apps for Office and SharePoint.

Last modified: April 28, 2014

Applies to: Access app for SharePoint | apps for Office | apps for SharePoint | Excel Online | Exchange Server 2013 | Outlook 2013 | Outlook Web App | Project 2013 | SharePoint Foundation 2013 | SharePoint Server 2013 | Word 2013

You’ve done it! You’ve created an app that you want to share with someone! Or maybe you just have a draft ready and you want someone to test it.

The options for publishing depend on whether you’re publishing an app for Office or an app for SharePoint.

Publishing apps for Office

Depending on the type of app for Office you create, you have several options on where to publish it:

  • Publishing to the Office Store

    The Microsoft Seller Dashboard is the central location for app developers to submit apps for Office and SharePoint. If you want to submit apps for listing in the Office Store, your first step is to create an account in the Seller Dashboard. In addition, if you want to offer apps for purchase, you also have to add payout information. You can create an individual account if you’re an independent developer, or you can create a company account if you’re registering on behalf of a business. The Office Store provides a convenient location for developers to upload new app solutions that are aimed both at consumers and businesses.

  • Publishing task pane and content apps to an organization app catalog

    For task pane and content apps, IT departments can deploy and configure private shared folder app catalogs to provide the same Office-solution catalog experience that the Office Store provides.

  • Publishing task pane and content apps to a shared folder app catalog

    Alternatively, in a corporate setting, IT can deploy task pane and content apps created either by in-house or third-party developers to a central shared folder, where the manifest files will be stored and managed.

  • Publishing mail apps to Exchange Server

    Mail apps for Outlook are installed to an Exchange catalog that is available to users of the server running Exchange Server on which it resides. It enables publishing and management of corporate mail app solutions, including internally created ones and solutions that are acquired from the Office Store and licensed for corporate use.

Table 1. App availability by location

App type

Office Store

Corporate catalog

Shared folder app catalog

Exchange Server

Task pane app




Content app




Mail app



For more information to help you decide where to publish your app, and how to publish it, see Publishing your app for Office.

Publishing apps for SharePoint

To learn how to package your app for publication using Visual Studio 2012, see How to: Publish an app for SharePoint by using Visual Studio.

After you’ve finished developing your apps for SharePoint, the final step is making those apps available to users. To do this, you can publish the app to one of two places:

  • Office Store

    Publish your app to the Office Store to make the app publically available, so that it can be acquired by users of any SharePoint deployment.

  • An internal corporate catalog

    Publish your apps to an internal corporate catalog, hosted on your SharePoint deployment, to make them available to users with access to that SharePoint deployment.

For more information to help you decide where to publish your app, and how to publish it, see Publish apps for SharePoint.

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