Publish apps for Office and SharePoint to make them available to users

apps for Office and SharePoint

After you’ve finished developing your app for Office or SharePoint, the final step is making those apps available to users. You have several options where to publish your app, depending on the type of app you made, and the users you’re trying to reach.

Last modified: August 08, 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

After you’ve created an app that you want to share with others, you can choose among several options for making your app available to users. Where you can make your app available depends on the type of app you create.

Table 1. Where you can make your apps available to users, by app type

App type

Office Store

Corporate catalog

Shared folder app catalog

Exchange Server

Task pane app




Content app




Mail app



app for SharePoint



  • Submitting to the Office Store

    The Microsoft Seller Dashboard is where app developers submit apps for Office and SharePoint for inclusion in the Office Store. 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.

  • Deploying 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.

    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 with access to your SharePoint deployment.

  • Deploying 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.

  • Installing 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.

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. If you’re still thinking about creating your app, see Get started with Office and SharePoint app development.

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