Offline and the "CONFIG FILE" Issue

A reader posted this question to me: “I developed an Outlook plugin… I add the application manifest file in my setup project and deployed on client machine and published it on a deployment server. the problem is that when deployment server is online it works fine but when deployment server is offline, my outlook addin is…

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VSTO 2005 Second Edition Beta: Add-ins for Office 2007 and Office 2003

So the big announcement today–ok, excluding the announcement of Zune and Wii–is the availability of the Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical refresh and the beta of VSTO 2005 Second Edition (SE). First of all, I’m currently using Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh in all my everyday work and it is pretty great.  Now, you…

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On-demand webcast on VSTO Offerings for Office 2007

You can now view the webcast I gave this month talking about VSTO futures in particular the future releases of VSTO that can be used to do Office 2007 development. I talk about VSTO ‘Cypress’ which is the next release of VSTO that will ship simultaneous with Office 2007 and will install on top of VSTO…

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Guest Post by Iouri Simernitski: Inserting an image into a Word file from VSTO

Editor’s note:  This is a guest post by Iouri Simernitski, a developer on the VSTO team. Recently someone asked how to insert an image into a Word file from the VSTO DLL’s resources. There are several ways of doing this: Saving the image to a temporary file and using InlineShapes.AddPicture (you’d need to delete the…

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Office Developer Conference Videos now on the Web!

Didn’t get to go to the Office Developer Conference this year?  Well, good news, all the videos of the conference are now on the web at http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/learn/conferences/default.aspx Here are the VSTO specific sessions: CD308—Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office: Overview and Application-Level Add-ins Presenter: Andrew Whitechapel; 67 minutes (187 MB) Find out what’s coming up…

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Office Developer Conference Videos now on the Web!

Didn’t get to go to the Office Developer Conference this year?  Well, good news, all the videos of the conference are now on the web at http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/learn/conferences/default.aspx Here are the VSTO specific sessions: CD308—Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office: Overview and Application-Level Add-ins Presenter: Andrew Whitechapel; 67 minutes (187 MB) Find out what’s coming up…

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How to deploy, setup, install, configure, and otherwise get your VSTO solutions onto users machines

I don’t ever remember blogging about this and it strikes me as a huge omission from this site.  If you are trying to figure out how to get a VSTO solution deployed on an end user machine using an installer, you have to read this great whitepaper put together by the VSTO team. See http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/tool/vsto/2005/article/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/odc_vsto2005_ta/html/officevstowindowsinstalleroverview.asp…

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Interviewing and "Being Excellent"

Ade Miller, a development lead on my team, has a nice blog entry about interviewing for a job at Microsoft. Like Ade, I am also frustrated by candidates that appear to come into an interview completely unprepared.  There is a pattern of preparation you should follow in my opinion: day to day preparation, followed by…

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Updated Office Citizens List

I’ve updated my list of Office Citizens that have blogs you should check out.  My list of links is now as follows.  I’m sure there are more I should add–any blogs you find particularly useful for either VSTO or Office Development? VSTO 1.0 VSTO 2.0 Eric Lippert John Durant Misha Shneerson Andrew Whitechapel Kathleen McGrath…

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COM Shim Wizard for IDTExtensibility (Shared Addins) Now Available for Visual Studio 2005

I’ve blogged before about the need for shimming non-VSTO shared managed add-ins.  Misha Shneerson and Andrew Whitechapel created a COM Shim Wizard that worked with Visual Studio 2003.  They’ve now updated the wizard and it is available on MSDN.  Article URL: http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/odc_vsto2005_ta/html/Office2003ShimWizard2.asp Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=300A6CDB-84DD-4C62-B3BD-E79194D83494&displaylang=en You should use this shim wizard if you are building shared…

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