SharePoint - Setup Environment


In this chapter, we will setup the development environment for SharePoint. As you already know that there are three different options of SharePoint. They are −

  • SharePoint Foundation
  • SharePoint Server
  • Office 365

In this chapter, we will be using the Office 365, which is cloud-based version.

Step 1 − You can easily create a free trial account here

Office 365

Step 2 − Click the Free trial option. A new page will open.

Free Trial

Step 3 − Enter the required information and click Next and you will see the following page.

Enter Information

Step 4 − Enter the username, company name and password and click Next. It will send you a verification code. Once the verification is completed then it will start creating the account.

Save Information

Step 5 − Once your account is created, you will see the following page.

Account Created

Step 6 − Click You’re ready to go and you will see the following page −

Check Page

Now your environment is ready and you can start share point development but you will also need to install visual studio.

Microsoft provides a free version of visual studio, which also contains SQL Server and it can be downloaded from


Following steps will guide you to install SharePoint.

Step 1 − Once downloading is complete, run the installer. The following dialog will be displayed.

Visual Studio

Step 2 − Click Install and it will start the installation process.

Install Visual Studio

Step 3 − Once the installation process is completed successfully, you will see the following message −

Setup Completed

Step 4 − Restart your computer if required. Now open Visual studio from the Start Menu. It will open the following dialog box and it will take some time for preparation.

Preparing Visual Studio

Step 5 − Once all is done, you will see the main window of Visual studio.

Main Window

You are now ready to start your application.

Step 6 − Select File → New → Project menu option.

New Project

Step 7 − Select Office/SharePoint in the left pane under Templates → Visual C#. Doubleclick Install Office Developer Tools.

Install Office Developer Tools

Step 8 − Click Install and close all Visual Studio instances. A new page will open. Click Next.

Click Install

Step 9 − A message box will appear. Click Update.


Step 10 − Once it is updated, you will see the message as follows −

Update Completed