VB.net Excel Add-in deploy to web server


I want to automatically deploy my VB.net Excel Add-in to a web server
where users get automatic updates. I have an account with a company that provides
server space. I need a little guidance on how to do this.
Is it best to send emails asking the users to update or have automatic updates?

Murray BrownMicrosoft Cloud Azure/Excel Solution DeveloperAsked:
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[ fanpages ]Connect With a Mentor IT Services ConsultantCommented:

I would add an option to the Add-in's interface (menu item, or toolbar/Ribbon item, if you are using an interface of this nature), to "Check for Updates..." & allow the individual to click this to check whenever this wish to.  However, you could contact the web server to determine if a new version is available from time-to-time (say, once per week), & either change the link from "Check for Updates..." to "New Version available...", or display a MessageBox (or similar) to offer this information to the user.

You could also operate an RSS Feed facility so interested parties can subscribe to it & see when a revision is available to download.


unknown_routineConnect With a Mentor Commented:
open your addin in visual studio . then on solution explorer right click the project and select properties.  Click on publish and  choose updates...

There you can control how user will be notified of the updates.

Finally publish it to the web server,
Murray BrownMicrosoft Cloud Azure/Excel Solution DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much
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