Channel9 on VSTO SE

There are two new videos posted to Channel 9 about VSTO Second Edition, one from Thomas Quinn an architect on the VSTO team, and the other from Martin Sawicki, program manager extraordinaire.

VSTO 2005 Second Edition Beta- Thomas Quinn

VSTO 2005 Second Edition Beta- Martin Sawicki

Also, a small comment on VSTO Second Edition.  Some have assumed that VSTO second edition is a super set of VSTO 2005 as the name kind of implies.  This is not the case.  You will want to have both VSTO and VSTO second edition installed at the same time in most cases.  VSTO has the document projects for Word 2003 and Excel 2003.  VSTO SE adds application add-ins to target Office 2003 and Office 2007.  The two products should be installed together to get both document and application level customizations.

You will also note that there are no “production-quality” Office 2007 document level projects available yet.  You can get beta/alpha level Office 2007 document projects by trying one of the CTPs of the Orcas version of Visual Studio.  “Production-quality” document level projects for Office 2007 won’t be available until the next version of Visual Studio ships.

Comments (1)

  1. Jesse says:

    Hey, read your VSTO C# book (all 1000 pages), and loved it–really helped jumpstart my current Word 2003 customization project. Anyhow, I checked out those videos, and they weren’t really brimming with useful information. Two Microsoft papers credited to Andrew Whitechapel are extremely useful to people like me who use VSTO v2 and want to learn more about the design and use of VSTO v3:

    VSTO 2005 SE Design (
    VSTO 2005 SE Tutorials (

    Both are linked to on the home and download pages for the current beta of VSTO v3. Hope everyone who reads here enjoys them too!