Saturday, October 25, 2014

Installing Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012

While trying to set up My Development machine, i have finished installing Visual Studio 2012. For development in SharePoint 2013 we need to have Microsoft Office Developer Tools installed. Microsoft has web installer version for this which can be downloaded from

The download file name is OfficeToolsForVS2012RTW

Unfortunately, due to closed environments, Firewall rules, this installer cannot run. It might give the following error

'Unable to Download the product list from, check your network connection and try again. If the problem persists, report the issue on the Web Platform Installer 5.0 forum at:

At this time while doing some searching in google, i came to know that we can download the following tools one by one and install it offline. Even Web Installer does the same steps but due to connectivity settings it could fail sometimes.

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 Manager Tools

Cumulative Update 1.0 for Microsoft Workflow Manager Tools

Open XML SDK 2.5

Microsfot Visual Studio Tools for Office Runtime

Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 - RTM

Once all these tools are downloaded and installed you can see the office extensions for SharePoint 2013 in Visual Studio 2012 Environment.

The following link helped me:

Thank you so much Tim!!!

Happy SharePointing !


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