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…

Adding intellisense support for Office 2003 development

This download appeared on MSDN a couple of months back: Intellisense files for Visual Studio Tools for Office.  Despite the title of the download these files can be used in any .NET Office System development regardless of whether you are using VSTO or not.  The files work in Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Visual Studio…

Office 12 XML features available in all editions

Woohoo! This is great news.  Many times I have spoken to ISVs and SIs wanting to build Office 2003 XML integration solutions for the small business market or the education market who were disappointed that the arbitrary XML, Smart Document and VSTO technologies are only available in Office 2003 Professional Edition or standalone versions.  Those with the…

Misha Shneerson is blogging

Misha is a dev working on VSTO and is the person largely responsible for the Actions Pane in VSTO 2005 amongst other things.  http://blogs.msdn.com/mshneer/archive/2005/07/14/438969.aspx.  Welcome to the blogosphere Misha.

My TechEd Europe Sessions

I have the dates for my TechEd sessions now. WCD351 Programming Word XML Solutions  Wed 6 Jul 12:00Microsoft Office Word 2003 enables a powerful integration between Word documents and XML data streams. See how you can liberate the content of a document for automated processing, document assembly, or reporting. You can now enliven the user’s…


Fabrikam Learning Platform available for pre-order

The documentation has been available on MSDN for around 6 months now, but at long last the Office System Fabrikam Learning Platform itself is available for pre-order.  The DVDs are currently in production and should be shipping soon.   Here’s the official blurb: Today’s enterprise solution developers are constantly looking to integrate innovating new technologies…


Office 2003 PIAs now available as a Reditributable Package

The Office 2003 licence said that the Primary Interop Assemblies that ship with Office were not redistributable. That changes now with the release of a redist package you can use in your setup programs. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3c9a983a-ac14-4125-8ba0-d36d67e0f4ad&DisplayLang=en

Quick Tip: Learning the Office Object Model

This is an old one, but still a good one.  Want to do something programmatically in Word/Excel etc. and don’t know how to?  Simply hit Tools/Macro/Record to start recording a new macro.  Perform the action through the UI, and stop the recording.  Then you have sample VBA code in the macro to get you going.


Word 2003 XML SDK Download available

Title says it all really.  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ca83cb4f-8dee-41a3-9c25-dd889aea781c&displaylang=en  

Office 12 to include Workflow Capabilities

After the first murmurings around Exchange 12, a little more Office 12 info is starting to eek out.  InfoWorld reports BillG’s speech at the Office Dev Con last week in which he announced Office 12 is to include built-in workflow capabilities.  Of course if you are an experienced Office-watcher this shouldn’t be any great surprise. …