I've been meaning to blog about this for ages, but better late than never I guess.
One of the questions to which I get the most positive response when showing the great new features in VS2005 (or even VS2003 for that matter) is "Who here would laike to be able to write .NET applications that live inside Word or Excel?". Especially in financial institutions, law firms and beauracracies (but in plenty of other places as well), there are light bulbs going off over the developers' heads as they realise that their users don't have to ever leave thier beloved Office app to get the functionality they need -- no mater what that functionality is!
Over on the VSTO 2.0 blog, Kathleen McGrath has been posting links to video tutorials showing how to do a bunch of great things in VSTO 2.0. Here's what she's posted so far:
- Demo 1 – Locate and Delete NamedRange Controls
- Demo 2 -- Resize Controls Within Worksheet Cells
- Demo 3 -- Add a Custom User Control to your Document
- Demo 4 -- How Column and Row Order is Persisted in a Data-bound List Object
- Demo 5 -- How to Resize Excel Controls
- Demo 6 -- How to Add Controls to the Actions Pane
- Demo 7 -– How to Set the Stack Order of Controls on the Actions Pane
- Demo 8 -- How to Change Controls on the Actions Pane
Dunno if that's the lot or not, but either way, these are well worth a look.