OPML: 70 Office Development Bloggers and Counting!


It all started with a few bloggers a little before Beta 2. People started blogging about the Ribbon, the cool ASP.NET 2.0 platform and WSS 3.0, Excel Services, the Office Open XML File Formats and InfoPath Forms Services. Lots of great features to build solutions using Office as a platform!


Office development blogs are quite active and inviting for developers trying to learn what’s new with the Microsoft Office system and diving more into specific products and technologies. When all this started, I added RSS feeds every week to Outlook until it became just a joke to have so many bloggers added to my RSS feed. There’s hundreds if not thousands of people blogging about Office development and every day new blogs are born. I built a new list of Office development bloggers and a few days before launch, my list adds up to 70!


























































































































































































































Blog Name


RSSFeed


#region /* mads’s thoughts */


http://weblogs.asp.net/mnissen/rss.aspx


.NET4Office


http://blogs.msdn.com/eric_carter/rss.aspx


[XaMaLa] РLe poste de travail, un gisement de productivit̩ encore peu exploit̩


http://blogs.microsoft.fr/franckha/Rss.aspx


A discussion of what’s new in Access 2007


http://blogs.msdn.com/access/rss.aspx


About OneNote


http://blogs.msdn.com/olya_veselova/rss.xml


Andrew May’s WebLog


http://blogs.msdn.com/andrew_may/rss.aspx


Andy Simonds Blog


http://blogs.msdn.com/andy_simonds/rss.aspx


Arpan Shah’s Blog


http://blogs.msdn.com/arpans/rss.aspx


ArtLeo’s WebLog


http://blogs.msdn.com/artleo/rss.aspx


Bill Morein’s Weblog


http://blogs.msdn.com/wmorein/rss.aspx


Brian Jones: Open XML Formats


http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/rss.aspx


Building Office Business Applications


http://blogs.msdn.com/joanna_bichsel/rss.xml


Chris Castillo’s WebLog


http://blogs.msdn.com/chcast/rss.aspx


Chris Pratley’s OneNote Blog


http://blogs.msdn.com/chris_pratley/rss.aspx


Chris’s unofficial Office Live developer blog


http://blogs.msdn.com/cbeiter/rss.aspx


Clint’s Access blog


http://blogs.msdn.com/clintcovington/rss.aspx


Coding for Office Small Business Accounting


http://blogs.msdn.com/martha/rss.xml


Cum Grano Salis


http://blogs.msdn.com/cumgranosalis/rss.aspx


doncampbell’s weblog


http://blogs.msdn.com/doncampbell/rss.xml


Doug Mahugh


http://blogs.msdn.com/dmahugh/rss.xml


Erika Ehrli


http://blogs.msdn.com/erikaehrli/rss.aspx


Evil Doctor PorkChop


http://evildoctorporkchop.spaces.live.com/feed.rss


Fabulous Adventures In Coding


http://blogs.msdn.com/ericlippert/rss.aspx


frice’s WebLog


http://blogs.msdn.com/frice/rss.aspx


InfoPath Team Blog


http://blogs.msdn.com/infopath/rss.aspx


Jan Tielens’ Bloggings


http://weblogs.asp.net/jan/rss.aspx


Jensen Harris: An Office User Interface Blog


http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/rss.aspx


Joe Friend: Microsoft Office Word


http://blogs.msdn.com/joe_friend/rss.aspx


John R. Durant’s WebLog


http://blogs.msdn.com/johnrdurant/rss.aspx


Julie’s Blog


http://blogs.officezealot.com/jkremer/Rss.aspx


Kevin Boske – Office Development


http://blogs.msdn.com/kevinboske/rss.aspx


Larry’s Project Dev Blog


http://blogs.msdn.com/lduff/rss.aspx


LauraJ’s Weblog


http://blogs.msdn.com/lauraj/rss.xml


Microsoft Excel 2007 (nee Excel 12)


http://blogs.msdn.com/excel/rss.aspx


Microsoft Office PowerPoint


http://blogs.msdn.com/brendanb/rss.aspx


Microsoft Office Project 2007


http://blogs.msdn.com/project/rss.aspx


Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog


http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/rss.aspx


Microsoft Small Business Applications


http://blogs.msdn.com/rajattaneja/rss.aspx


Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System


http://blogs.msdn.com/vsto2/rss.aspx


Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System, Version 2003


http://blogs.msdn.com/vsto/rss.aspx


MikeKelly’s WebLog


http://blogs.msdn.com/mikekelly/rss.aspx


Misha Shneerson


http://blogs.msdn.com/mshneer/rss.aspx


Murray Sargent: Math in Office


http://blogs.msdn.com/murrays/rss.xml


Office Rocker!


http://blogs.msdn.com/officerocker/rss.xml


Office SharePoint Document Services (ECM)


http://blogs.msdn.com/roble/rss.aspx


On Microsoft Publisher and more


http://blogs.msdn.com/jeff_bell/rss.aspx


Outlook 12


http://blogs.msdn.com/willkennedy/rss.aspx


Owen Braun: OneNote 12


http://blogs.msdn.com/owen_braun/rss.aspx


Pashman’s InfoPath Goldmine


http://blogs.msdn.com/timpash/rss.aspx


Patrick Smith: Office Programmability


http://blogs.msdn.com/patricksmith/rss.aspx


Patrick Tisseghem’s Blog [MVP SharePoint]


http://blog.u2u.info/DottextWeb/patrick/Rss.aspx


Project Programmability


http://blogs.msdn.com/project_programmability/rss.xml


Project Server 201


http://www.projectserver201.blogspot.com/atom.xml


projectified


http://www.projectified.com/index.rdf


Rob Mauceri’s FrontPage Blog


http://blogs.msdn.com/rmauceri/rss.aspx


Ryan’s Look at Outlook Programmability


http://blogs.msdn.com/rgregg/rss.aspx


search.subscribe.share in outlook 2007


http://blogs.msdn.com/michael_affronti/rss.aspx


SGriffin’s [MSFT] WebLog


http://blogs.msdn.com/stephen_griffin/rss.aspx


SharePoint Content and Resources


http://blogs.msdn.com/randalli/rss.xml


SharePoint Products and Technologies – Pointing to Share the Knowledge


http://www.sharepointblogs.com/ldusolier/rss.aspx


SharePoint Unplugged


http://blogs.msdn.com/harsh/rss.aspx


Tasks and Time Management in Outlook


http://blogs.msdn.com/melissamacbeth/rss.aspx


The Microsoft Office Word Team’s Blog


http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_office_word/rss.xml


The wonder that is the Microsoft Office system


http://blogs.technet.com/stevemarsh/rss.xml


Third Of Five – just another voice in the Collective


http://blogs.msdn.com/thirdoffive/rss.aspx


Visio 12 – Eric Rockey


http://blogs.msdn.com/eric_rockey/rss.aspx


Westin’s Technical Log


http://weblogs.asp.net/wkriebel/rss.aspx


Windows Sharepoint Services etc.


http://blogs.msdn.com/pjhough/rss.aspx


Wouter van Vugt


http://blogs.infosupport.com/wouterv/rss.aspx


When I started posting lists of bloggers someone suggested that I should build an OPML list of Office Development Bloggers, so I did. You can download the OPML file here:


http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=F2C2C7E9-5ABB-401B-AD32-FED03295B61D&displaylang=en


You can use Outlook, Windows Live or other OPML readers to open this file and add your favorite RSS feeds.


MSDN blogs: pending to add!


How could I leave them out: Kathleen McGrath, Paul Stubbs, and the new Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog


Pranav’s blog: You should check this one out, I hate me for not finding Pranav’s blog before: This blog is all about Office Automation, VSTO, InfoPath and other programming stuff and the thing i believe on is “Real Stuff is Out Of The Box.”


New blogs:


Make sure you check out Rob Barker’s: Where in the “OBA” am I? and his first post.


I am sure there’s more blogs out there that I didn’t list here. If you have an Office development blog or know of great bloggers that talk about VSTO, SharePoint, WSS or anything else related with Office, please let me know so we add them to the list. You don’t need to have an MSDN or TechNet blog, you only need to be passionate about development with Office products and technologies. The list keeps growing every day.


Community blogs: pending to add!



 

Comments (15)

  1. Hello Erika,

    Great list you compiled. Have you considered offering your readers a live version of your OPML? You could use Grazr http://www.grazr.com or any other OPML browser for this.

    There are other cool things you could do, for example making your OPML file auto-discoverable, so that people who are on the look-out for OPML files can easily grab and browse your OPML right off your site. I’ve written a bit about this here: http://www.cleverclogs.org/2006/10/opml_autodiscov.html

  2. Hi Erika,

    I can give you two more technical blogs on MOSS:

    my own TechTalkPT – http://techtalkpt.worpress.com

    and the Portuguese Comunity of MOSS and WSS – http://mosspt.officeisp.net

    in both these blogs there are a lot of links to other bloggers, some that you already have.

    Thanks for the usefull info you post,

    Ricardo Magalhães

  3. erikaehrli says:

    Marjolein,

    Loved your blog and the work you are doing with OPML and RSS feeds. I’ll explore your tools.

    Ricardo,

    Loved your blog too, how come I have not seen it before! I’ll add it to the list.

  4. Pawel says:

    Polish Community of MOSS 2007 and WSS 3.0 – http://www.officesystem2007.pl

  5. Erika Ehrli blogs on "Adventures in Office Development and .NET". She shows a great entry on the 70 Office

  6. Just a small correction:

    http://techtalkpt.wordpress.com

    the previous address was missing the letter d in the word WordPress 🙂

  7. erikaehrli says:

    Oops! Fixed.

  8. MSDNArchive says:

    Hey this is very useful – thanks for putting this together Erika!

    -Don

  9. Vanessa says:

    What is your name? Where do you live?

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  11. Erika Ehrli says:

    RSS feeds changed the strategy that lots of people use to learn about new things. As developers we are

  12. Niranjan says:

    Hi Erika,

    your blogs are really helpful for me. i learnt lot thing from ur blog. i have been working on office automation and MOSS  for last 2 year when beta version was launched. i have good exp in smart document , smart outlook , smart visio and as well as infopath.

    currently i m building statemachine work flow.

    again thanks for ur blog.

    regards

    Niranjan

    MCTS ( Microsoft office share point server 2007)

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  14. Erika Ehrli says:

    I’ve been experimenting with Twitter for the last couple of months and I am quite addicted to it now.