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Publish apps for Office and SharePoint

apps for Office and SharePoint

Find information about how to publish your app for Office or app for SharePoint to make it available to users.

Last modified: April 28, 2015

Applies to: apps for Office | apps for SharePoint | Office Add-ins | SharePoint Add-ins

Note Note

The names "apps for Office" and "apps for SharePoint" are changing to "Office Add-ins" and "SharePoint Add-ins". During the transition, the documentation and the UI of some Office and SharePoint products and Visual Studio tools might still use the terms "apps for Office" and "apps for SharePoint".

In this article
Submitting to the Office Store
Deploying apps to an organization app catalog
Deploying task pane and content apps to a shared folder app catalog
Installing mail apps on an Exchange server
In this section
Additional resources

After you’ve created your app for Office or SharePoint, you can choose among several options to make your app available to users. The options that are available depend on the type of app you create.

Options for publishing apps for Office and SharePoint

App type

Office Store

Corporate catalog

Shared folder app catalog

Exchange server

Task pane app




Content app




Mail app



app for SharePoint



To include your app in the Office Store, you submit your app to the Microsoft Seller Dashboard. If you want to submit apps to be listed in the Office Store, your first step is to create an account in the Seller Dashboard. 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 you to upload new app solutions that are aimed both at consumers and businesses.

For more information to help you decide where to publish your app and how to publish it, see Publishing your app for Office and Publish apps for SharePoint. To learn how to use Visual Studio to package your app for SharePoint for publication, see How to: Publish an app for SharePoint by using Visual Studio.

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.

For apps for SharePoint, you can publish your apps to an internal corporate catalog, hosted on your SharePoint deployment. This makes them available to users who have access to your SharePoint deployment.

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.

Mail apps for Outlook are installed on an Exchange catalog on an Exchange server. This enables publishing and management of corporate mail app solutions, including those that are created internally and solutions that are acquired from the Office Store and licensed for corporate use.

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