User’s Guide to Configuring an Environment for Apps in SharePoint 2013, Part 7: How to Add Apps from the SharePoint Store to a SharePoint Site

The introduction of the App Store was among the most welcome enhancements to SharePoint with the 2013 release, signaling the arrival of a new method of extending the platform through versatile app offerings from the Microsoft Partner ecosystem. Naturally, there is much to learn about working with apps, and we’ve created this User’s Guide dedicated to helping you with configuring an environment for apps in SharePoint 2013. In part 7 of our 7-part series, we’ll show you how to add apps from the SharePoint Store to a SharePoint Site.

To begin, open the App Catalog you created in Part 6: User’s Guide to Configuring an Environment for Apps in SharePoint 2013, Part 6: How to Create an App Catalog.

From the Settings icon’s drop-down menu, select Add an app.

Next, select the SharePoint Store hyperlink.

In the SharePoint Store, select your preferred language option.

In the SharePoint Store, apps are listed both by Price (the store offers both Free and paid apps) as well as by Categories.  The store also has a selection of Featured Apps displayed on the site.

Additionally, you are able to search for an app by typing a keyword or the app name in the Find an app textbox.

In this example, we searched for and will be adding Bamboo’s free World Clock and Weather app.

From the app’s page on the storefront, click the ADD IT button.

After the World Clock and Weather app has been successfully added, it will appear on your Site Contents page, as well as on the Quick Launch bar.

To open your new app, simply click the app icon (i.e., World Clock and Weather).

New to the 2013 platform, Apps for SharePoint provide a great channel for adding functionality to a SharePoint site. Are you ready to start enhancing your SharePoint site with apps? To enable users to install and use apps, you must configure your SharePoint environment to support them.  Check out the rest of our series to learn how to get your SharePoint environment app ready!