Office Developer Tools for VS 2015 Adds New Project Type

Outlook Add-in with Commands project type is a preview, as is new SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 templates for farm and sandboxed solutions.

The Visual Studio team last month released an update to Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2015 (ODTVS 2015) that, along with bug fixes comes with previews of new and improved tools. The team said that is also renamed a number of tools.

In ODTVS 2015, the team is highlighting a preview of a new project type called Outlook Add-in with Commands. In Outlook, the add-in is launched by adding it as a button on the Outlook ribbon, which can then be used display a menu or run a custom JavaScript function.

"You declare commands in the manifest with a node called VersionOverrides that is be ignored by older versions of Office, thus ensuring backwards compatibility with all your users," writes Nicole Bruck, Office and SharePoint Tools Program Manager, in a blog.

Outlook Add-in isn't a new tool, but a renaming of mail app for Outlook. That rename is one of the new features of ODTVS 2015 that the team is emphasizing as well. Apps for Office and SharePoint tools that had the "apps prefix" are, for the most part, renamed with the "Add-in" suffix, which was done to "to better distinguish the extension platform from Office Add-ins (applications)," according to this note in the online documentation. Apps for Office is now Office Add-ins, mail app for Outlook is Outlook Add-in, and so on. (See that link for the full matrix of renamed add-ins.)

ODTVS 2015 also contains a preview of some new templates for SharePoint 2016 Beta 2, used for creating new SharePoint farm and sandboxed solutions. Developers can get the preview templates by downloading the beta here.

About the Author

You Tell 'Em, Readers: If you've read this far, know that Michael Domingo, Visual Studio Magazine Editor in Chief, is here to serve you, dear readers, and wants to get you the information you so richly deserve. What news, content, topics, issues do you want to see covered in Visual Studio Magazine? He's listening at [email protected].

comments powered by Disqus


  • .NET Core Ranks High Among Frameworks in New Dev Survey

    .NET Core placed high in a web-dominated ranking of development frameworks published by CodinGame, which provides a tech hiring platform.

  • Here's a One-Stop Shop for .NET 5 Improvements

    Culled from reams of Microsoft documentation, here's a high-level summary of what's new for performance, networking, diagnostics and more, along with links to the nitty-gritty details for those wanting to dig in more.

  • Azure SQL Database Ranked Among Top 3 Databases of 2020

    Microsoft touted the inclusion of Azure SQL Database among the top three databases of 2020 in a popularity ranking by DB-Engines, which collects and manages information about database management systems, updating its lists monthly.

  • Time Tracker Says VS Code Is No. 1 Editor for Devs, Some Working 15+ Hours Per Day

    WakaTime, which does time tracking for programmers, released data for 2020 showing that Visual Studio Code is by far the top editor/IDE used by its coders, some of whom are hacking away for more than 15 hours per day.

Upcoming Events