Creating Custom Task Panes Using VSTO SE – A Beginner’s Guide

In order to create Office Business Applications (OBAs), you need to understand the basics. There are a lot of blogs out there which talk about one set of features, one set of technologies, or one product. In my blog, I want to be able to cover a wide breadth of Office technologies and products so…

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Developing Compliance Solutions on Office 2007

I know that I mentioned that I’ll start stepping you through customizing the ribbon today but I am just too excited! I released my whitepaper on Compliance Features for the 2007 Microsoft Office System today and I can’t seem to talk about anything else. This is a great paper and I’m just so excited to get…

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SAP integration with MOSS

There is a lot of really powerful integration between SAP and MOSS and the awareness about this is really, for some reason, quite low. We’ve talked about integrating LOB data into SharePoint with the Business Data Catalog but there are some specific capabilities to SAP when brought together with SharePoint that make an enterprise solution…

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ODC rocked the house!

The Office Developer Conference finished on Wednesday and it was unbelievable! Jay Paulus, Director of the Office Platform Strategy team kicked it off to a great start. Following that, Bill Gates talked saying: “Making Office into a platform is very important to us…Office will be taking on a very ambitious agenda in the future…Our investment in…

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Authoring with the BDC just got EASIER!

The latest and greatest MOSS SDK release just went LIVE with an exciting new tool: The BDC Application Definition Editor! This tool abstracts the way you create entities in the Application Definition File by giving you an easy to use UI. Features include: Underlying XML is abstracted by the design surface and properties window Drag…

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So what’s the fuss about the new Open XML file formats?

You’ve probably been hearing about new Office 2007 file formats and that the fact that they are based on Open XML is a great benefit. But why? Why should you as developers care? Are they nothing more than just a compressed file format? Actually, they’re much, much, more than that. They’re an incredibly powerful building…

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Go on…Make the Microsoft Office UI look the way you want it to

As promised, I’m going to show you how to customize the Office 2007 Ribbon. If any of you attended the TechEd EMEA conference, you may have seen me do a demo where I customized the ribbon using Visual Studio 2005 but now I’m going to show you how to do it using Visual Studio 2005…

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I’ve been tagged!

Earlier last week, Russ Stalters tagged me. Remember when you used to get those e-mails from your friends asking you about your favorite things and then you had to forward that on to 5 other friends? Well it’s back and it’s in blog format. Of course I think this is incredibly fun :). So ready?…

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That was then, this is NOW

If you haven’t looked into the latest version of Office, then you’ll be quite surprised. It’s a rock solid platform based on common technologies, it has tools for all skill levels and integrates across Office 2007’s more than 30 clients, servers and services. The Truth: Development on previous versions of Office was pretty darn awful…I’m not going to…

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Excel on the Server?

Yes! There is such a thing and it’s an actual, server-grade, supported product! It’s part of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and it’s the published version of an Excel spreadsheet which gives you the ability to share business intelligence around the enterprise in a safe, compliant way. Why Did We Create Excel Services? Multiple Versions…

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