I came across some interesting blog posts this week and here's a few links that I'd like to share with you.
Office 14 for the Web
Learning about Office 14 is one of the most exciting things I've been doing since I came back. I am dying to talk about so many of the great new features for developers in Office 14. Can't say much now (hopefully soon I will), but I came across a public announcement from PDC: Office 14 on the Web. In case you missed it (like me), Microsoft announced at PDC that the new release of Office will deliver Office Web applications - lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote - through a browser. With these new applications, people can use a browser to create, edit, and collaborate on Office documents. What's great is that this provides a consistent Office experience when and where our customers want it, regardless of whether they are accessing their Office documents through the PC, phone, or browser.
Want to see how it works? Here's a cool Channel 9 demo where you can watch it in action.
Angela Chu-Hatoun has written most of the Outlook dev documentation you see on MSDN, so she is a super Outlook expert. Some years ago we used to share an office. Now we have our own offices, but sometimes we hang out and chat. As good geeks we are, we talk about technology and Outlook stuff and this week we were talking about the latest release of the Outlook MAPI. The MAPI for Outlook 2007 provides a set of classes, interfaces, functions, and other data types to facilitate the development of Outlook 2007 messaging applications. Angela worked for the last few months on an update and she blogged this week about the latest release.
More Office blogs
- Looking for LOTS of code samples? You should check out Beth Massi's blog. Beth is an expert in VB and Office Development in Visual Studio. Among many other tricks she does, she manages the MSDN Visual Basic Developer Center and is our principal stakeholder for the Office Developer Center in Visual Studio Developer Center. She is a very smart gal and oh! she posts fantastic code samples. If you are an Office dev, Beth's blog is a must stop. Yesterday she wrote a great post about Building an Excel Client using ADO.NET Data Services.
- Eric Kraus' SharePoint/.NET Blog: Eric is a consultant and he has a great blog about MOSS and .NET resources. Today he posted a list of OBA Resources. I am glad to see on that list many of the resources the Office developer documentation group has released.
- Ricardo Loo's SharePoint blog: "Ricalo" is a consultant and super SharePoint expert. I had the best of luck to be his peer while I was a consultant. Yes, he is a close friend, but he also happens to be the Information Worker Latam Community Lead, so he is full of Office tricks. You should check out his blog!