How to deploy VSTO add-ins for Outlook?

How to deploy VSTO add-ins for Outlook?

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“What is the best way to deploy VSTO add-ins for Outlook?” This is one of the most common question asked by our customers who are developing add-ins using Visual Studio Tools for Office(VSTO) for Outlook and other Office Applications.  Simple answer is that it’s all depend on you requirements and environment. We can opt for either ClickOnce Deployment or Windows Installer.

We can refer to Choosing a Deployment Strategy and the following table compares the features of ClickOnce deployment with Windows Installer deployment to make informed decision:

Features

ClickOnce

Windows Installer

Automatic update1

Yes

Yes

Post-installation rollback2

Yes

No

Update from Web

Yes

No

Does not affect shared components or other applications

Yes

No

Security permissions granted

Grants only permissions necessary for the application (more safe)

Grants Full Trust by default (less safe)

Security permissions required

Internet or Intranet Zone (Full Trust for CD-ROM installation)

Administrator

Application and deployment manifest signing

Yes

No

Installation-time user interface

Single prompt

Multipart Wizard

Installation of assemblies on demand

Yes

No

Installation of shared files

No

Yes

Installation of drivers

No

Yes (with custom actions)

Installation to Global Assembly Cache

No

Yes

Installation for multiple users

No

Yes

Add application to Start menu

Yes

Yes

Add application to Startup group

No

Yes

Add application to Favorites menu

No

Yes

Register file types

Yes

Yes

Install time registry access3

Limited

Yes

Binary file patching

No

Yes

Application installation location

ClickOnce application cache

Program Files folder

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Notes:

1. With Windows Installer, you must implement programmatic updates in the application code.

2. With ClickOnce, rollback is available in Add or Remove Programs.

3. ClickOnce deployment can access HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (HKLM) only with Full Trust permission.

Feel free to put questions related to ClickOnce or Windows Installer deployment for Office Add-ins to me.

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  • Can you provide deployment related to Outlook 2010 managed addin.

  • thanks, now i know how to deal with such stuff

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