I am new to Office 365. Can any one tell me whether custom webparts (sandboxed) cabe be built as an app to sharepoint online? is yes the how a webpart can be published as an app ?

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I would recommend you have a look at this! it outlines everything that you would need to know! it should also be a very good starting point! the sandbox solutions can be found near the bottom what goes into detail. Yes it a big read but it answers all your questions


hope it helps :)


Office 365 for developers download for VS2012 (download and install)


Blog - someone who istalled the above to develp on VS


How to: Install the Visual Studio Tools for Office Runtime Redistributable

  1. Install the .NET Framework 4. • To download the .NET Framework 4, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=178957.

• To download the .NET Framework 4 Client Profile, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=178958.

  1. Run vstor40_x86.exe or vstor40_x64.exe to install the Visual Studio Tools for Office runtime. Choose the setup file that matches your computer architecture (x86 or x64).

These setup files are available on the Visual Studio installation media, and they are also available for download at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=140384. The prerequisites for the Visual Studio Tools for Office runtime are the same as the prerequisites for the .NET Framework.

  1. Install the language pack for the Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime if you use non-English settings for Windows, and you want to see runtime messages in the same language that you use for Windows. If any end users run your solutions with non-English settings for Windows, they must have the correct language pack to see runtime messages in the same language as Windows. The language pack is available at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=140386.

If you need ClickOnce non-English language support during the deployment and installation of your solution, install the .NET Framework Language Packs. The language packs are available from the Microsoft Download Center.


Office Development in Visual Studio


hope this helps :)

  • Ok. Thanks:) and one more thing I wanted to ask is I have installed VS 2012 ultimate and I have office 365 preview. I just cant see the office developer tools for visual studio 2010..i cant even see ay templates for sharepoint/office either
    – sharmila
    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:21
  • check out the edited answer for installing and configuring vs, the second link is documentation on hoto guides with office 365
    – Ali Jafer
    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:42

Since your looking for developing a webpart for Office 365, you can follow this tutorial, it shows you everything step by step

office 365 webpart tutorial


I would not name web part as application and I never bother about sanboxing since it is impossible to have non-sandboxed apps in Office 365.

The easiest way for a newbie to develop a web part is to publish any Infopath form which then appear in list of available Infopath web parts. The latter you can see/use by navigating to or create in web browser to any web part ASPX page in Sharepoint online (Office 365) site > click Add a web part link > Forms (under Categories) > Infopath Form Web Part > Add > Click here to open the tool pane link > in tool pane under List or Library: list box you will see the list of published Infopath forms

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The easiest way to create and publish an Infopath form is to navigate in browser to any list in Sharepoint online site > click Customize Form on ribbon > in Opened Infopath Designer 2010 click Quick Publish button (on ribbon File > Info) ... after or without its editing

That's it, you have developed, published and used ("sandboxed") web part.

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