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Build your apps for Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 with the help of NAPA.

  • 29 March 2013
  • Author: Anil
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It’s really interesting and exciting to see these kinds of new technology and tools by the Microsoft. It’s my great opportunity that I had a change to attend one of the first Asian Dev-Camps related to ‘Build apps for office and SharePoint’  in my own country Kathmandu, Nepal by a great Microsoft expert ‘Glenn Morris’

Office and SharePoint Developer Camps are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned . Just all you need is to sign up in

This blog is regarding the development of apps for office and SharePoint 2013. I think most of us already knows about it.

You can build this new Office solution type with web technologies like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, REST, OData, and OAuth. The Apps for Office development platform provides new experiences in Office applications by surfacing web technologies and cloud services right within Office documents, email messages, meeting requests, and appointments. You can find more in

Here all I want to share, what are the steps that we needs to do. As well some of the issues and solution that I have faced during installation and all.

1. Install Visual Studio 2012 PRO, Premium or Ultimate. You can find the download link below:

2. Sign up for the free Office 365 Developer Site preview here.

3. Install Office 2013 desktop clients from your developer site.

4. Have your own hosted web server for deploying your web site. i.e. SharePoint 2013.

5. If you don’t have one, sign up for a Windows Azure free trial here and learn about Windows Azure Web Sites.

If you want to quick start and learn the things without any setup then that’s where ‘NAPA’ comes.

NAPA : A New Cloud App Model, allows you to build a new class of apps that combine web technologies and cloud services, right within Office and SharePoint.

Napa” is a free app for SharePoint. Since “Napa” is web based, you don’t need to install anything on your machine to start developing for Office and SharePoint. Just fire up your browser and start coding. As your application matures and you need more advanced tools, you can seamlessly switch to the more powerful, fully featured Visual Studio IDE, and continue developing there.

If you sing up as for office 365 developer site and then ‘Get Tools to Build Apps’ for installing NAPA or you can go to  and install the ‘NAPA’ .

More on how to start and setup NAPA after you sign up to office 365 developer site.

Learn how to use "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools to create apps for Office and SharePoint

Some of the issue ‘s that I have faced while installation and startup:

* we cannot install the SharePoint 2013 in windows 8 OS. It’s not officially supported on windows 8 so we need to use VM or Hyper-V method.

* Error while installing Office Tools for visual studio 2012 ?

Microsoft web platform installer couldn’t find the product you tried to install. (Web Platform Installer 4.5)

Some of useful links are :  Visual-Studio

Hope this blog post helps for us, who want to learn to build the app and play with the NAPA.


Anil Maharjan

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