*********************************************  Update - 3/12/2013  ******************************************

Microsoft has release RTM versions of some of the items above and the links have been update.



If you are getting started with App or Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 development, you will notice that there is no option in Visual Studio 2012 when you first install it.


In order to get the templates into VS, you need to install Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 which can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/office-dev-tools-for-visual-studio (direct install : http://aka.ms/OfficeDevToolsForVS2012).

Unfortunately, this leverages the Microsoft Web Platform Installer which does not play well in closed environments. The Microsoft Web Platform Installer will install the following items:

Microsoft Identity Extensions


Workflow Manager Client 1.0


Microsoft Exchange Web Services 2.0


Microsoft Windows Identity Foundation SDK 4.0


Microsoft SharePoint Client Components


Microsoft Workflow Manger Tools


Cumulative Update 1.0 for Microsoft Workflow Manager Tools



Open XML SDK 2.5


Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office Runtime


Microsoft LightSwitch HTML Client Preview 2 for Visual Studio 2012


Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 - Preview 2


Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 - RTM



Once these items have been downloaded and installed on your development machine and double-click to install them, you will see that there is the option to create Apps and other items for Office and SharePoint 2013.


Unfortunately, if you try to create a project for any of these new fun items, you will get the following error:

An error occurred whilst trying to load some required components, Please ensure the following prerequisite components are installed.

Microsoft Web Developer Tools

Microsoft Exchange Web Services"

The problem is that the Microsoft Web Platform Installer adds parameters when installing the Microsoft Exchange Web Services that must be used in order to get around the error. If you have already installed the Microsoft Exchange Web Services, uninstall it from Control Panel and then open up a command prompt. Navigate to the location of EwsManagedApi32.msi. In the command prompt, run

EwsManagedApi32.msi addlocal="ExchangeWebServicesApi_Feature,ExchangeWebServicesApi_Gac"


Once that has finished installing, open up Visual Studio 2012 and enjoy creating apps for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.