…And Yet More New Downloads

More downloads I missed from my last post: Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for WSS 3.0 (Nov CTP) Tools for developing custom SharePoint applications: Visual Studio project templates for Web Parts, site definitions, and list definitions; and a stand-alone utility program, the SharePoint Solution Generator. (I have yet to download and install this but the SharePoint…


New Downloads

A bunch of new downloads have shipped over the past week that are useful for developing Office 2007 solutions. .NET Framework 3.0 Adds APIs for Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, and Windows CardSpace to .NET 2.0. Windows SDK for Windows Vista and .NET 3.0 (RTM) Contains documentation for Windows Workflow Foundation….


VSTO 2005 Second Edition RTW

Yesterday we announced the availability of VSTO 2005 Second Edition for Office 2007.  This is now available as a web download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5E86CAB3-6FD6-4955-B979-E1676DB6B3CB&displaylang=en Crucially this not only provides new features for Office 2007 development, but also offers enhancements for Office 2003 development as well:    ·         Programming model and runtime support for the ribbon, custom task panes, and…


Office 2007 RTMs

Office 2007 reached RTM status at the end of last week.  Business availability is set for November 30, to coincide with the press launch.


Free SharePoint Training

For a limited time these self-paced online learning courses are available free of charge: WSS v3 Development: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/elearning/course/5045.asp WSS v3 Infrastructure: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/elearning/course/3369.asp MOSS Development: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/elearning/course/5046.asp MOSS Infrastructure: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/elearning/course/3370.asp


Office Open XML format / ODF document conversion

Now this is an interesting development. Microsoft is funding and providing architectural guidance to three partners to build the Open XML Translator; a set of tools being developed as open source, on SourceForge, under a BSD license, to enable translation of Office Open XML and ODF documents. These tools will provide read and “save as”…


Office Developer Conference Wrap-up

Thanks to everyone who came to my sessions at the UK Office Developer Conference last Thursday. It was great to see so many old and new faces, and I really appreciate all the positive comments following the sessions. There were a few questions that I promised to get answers to and post on this blog…


New Office Announcements at TechEd

The key announcement from ChrisCap’s keynote at TechEd yesterday was LoBI – Line of Business Interoperability. This is a toolkit for Office and SharePoint 2007 that will simplify integration with backend systems. For those familiar with IBF (Information Bridge Framework) this represents the natural evolution of work the IBF team started. I gather that there will…


WinFX is dead, and other TechEd Announcements

Always interesting to see what announcements come out of TechEd each year. Here are a few of the more interesting ones that are related to collaborative technologies. WinFX is dead In an effort to more closely align the naming of developer technologies with the strategic (Web 2.0) direction of Microsoft with WinFX is being rebranded…


Developer Tools for 2007 Office System Beta 2

I have just started my first serious development on the Office and SharePoint 2007 platform.  The first challenge has been collecting together all the tools, SDKs, samples etc. that are available.  This (I think) is the complete list of available tools and SDKs relevant to Office 2007. Have I missed anything?  Let me know. WinFX…