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Launching an app from within regular Salesforce tabs

Hello all,


I'm wondering if it is possible to launch an app from within the regular Salesforce interface. Specifically, I would like to add a button to the Contacts tab that launches my app when clicked, populating it with information from the contact currently being viewed. Does Salesforce support doing things like this?


I know that I can create custom buttons by going to Setup | Customize | Accounts | Page Layouts, but what I'm not clear on is whether I can package those buttons into an app and have them appear when the user installs the app.


Thanks in advance for your help!

Best Answer chosen by Admin (Salesforce Developers) 

Yes, a custom button can call into your app. No, it can't appear when the user installs the app. They will be required to modify the page before the custom button will appear on the contact layout.