Office Developer Tools

Experience the most powerful Office development tools with Visual Studio.
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Project templates

Project templates

Start with a project that runs right out of the box

Pick a project template and start right away. Extend Office and SharePoint by using JavaScript or .NET, and add the pieces you want by using a rich set of item-level templates.

Guided experience

Set up your project quickly

Answer a few questions in the wizard and we’ll jumpstart your project for you. With that, you can focus on your code and the things that matter to you most like what you want your add-in or app to do.

Guided experience
IntelliSense

IntelliSense

Explore the APIs that are supported on your target Office platform

Get the right IntelliSense for Office and SharePoint APIs based on your target platform and its version. In particular, Visual Studio now helps you explore the Office JS APIs more quickly and correctly than the previous version.

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Advanced debugging

Locally and remotely

Debug your Office or SharePoint projects by using world-class diagnostic tools in Visual Studio. Run your add-in locally in an Office desktop client or SharePoint server, or remotely in an Office web app or SharePoint Online. These tools also make it easier to debug remote events on SharePoint by using Microsoft Azure Service Bus.

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Advanced debugging
Publishing

Publishing

Deploy directly to the cloud or to an on-premises server

Publish your add-in to the cloud or to an on-premises server by using the Publish Designer. We’ve streamlined the publishing process so that you can stay in Visual Studio without having to switch between different publishing portals.

Connected services

Integrate with Office 365 services

Integrate Office 365 services such as mail, calendar, contacts, files, users and groups into your desktop, web and mobile applications. With Visual Studio, you can easily register your application, acquire the corresponding client libraries and configure authentication to connect to Office 365 services.

Connected services

Free, fully-featured IDE for students, open-source and individual developers

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Professional developer tools, services, and subscription benefits for small teams

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End-to-end solution to meet demanding quality and scale needs of teams of all sizes

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