The launch of Office 2013 and the new version of Office 365 earlier this year also came with a new feature; the Office Store. Similar to the Windows Store in Windows 8 and RT, the Office Store allows users to download apps for the new version of Office software from Microsoft and third party developers.
Today, Microsoft announced that developers who want to make apps for Office 365 and Office 2013 will get some extra help. The Visual Studio blog announced the launch of the Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012. The blog states:
The Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 provide broad and deep support, ranging from new templates to new designers to a whole host of integrated lifecycle tools. They enable developers to create, edit, test, debug, package, and deploy apps for Office and SharePoint, across all current Office and SharePoint hosting models and app types. In addition, beyond supporting a new application model based on web technologies, these tools also provide full support both for VSTO Add-ins and SharePoint Solutions.
The final version of these tools contain some improvements compared to earlier preview versions, including a new validation experience so that developers can find and fix common errors in their Office apps before submitting them to the Office Store. Microsoft is also offering MSDN subscribers for Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate a one time 12 month Office 365 Developer Subscription to assist them in getting their apps into the Office Store.
Source: Visual Studio blog | Image via Microsoft