Getting Started with Office 2010 Development

It’s been an exciting week with all the recent announcements at PDC. Today, at PDC we announced the availability of our public Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Betas. Lots of developers from the community who have been monitoring the new developer investments on Office 2010 can start creating solutions with the latest features. You can find links to all our downloads here:

Download the 2010 Betas

Office 2010 Beta
Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, Publisher, InfoPath, Communicator, SharePoint Workspace, and Office Web Apps.

You can learn more about the benefits of Office 2010 by downloading the beta from

Office 2010 Developer Content on MSDN

Today, I am also happy to share the availability of our new Office 2010 developer pages on MSDN. We launched a few minutes ago a set of pages that provide Office 2010 developer learning resources including Channel 9 videos, developer references, articles, feeds to Office 2010 bloggers and community resources, and our very first three Office 2010 Visual How-to videos!

We will start publishing more Office 2010 VHTs soon.

Office 2010 (Beta) Developer Center

We have updated our Office 2010 (Beta) Developer Center with more community content and links to developer specific resources. We will add more links to content and videos as we continue publishing.

Developing with Office 2010

Office 2010 Beta is a broadly extensible platform for building information worker productivity solutions and developing for Office with Visual Studio 2010 makes this easy. The following six key initiatives show you how to get started developing with Office 2010.


1 | Getting Started Developing with Office 2010

2 | Extending the Office 2010 Backstage View and Other UI

3 | Working with Office 2010 Data Through the File Formats and Office APIs

4 | Integrating External Data and SharePoint 2010 Platform Services in Office 2010 Solutions

5 | Creating Tracking Applications in Office 2010 and Publishing Them to SharePoint 2010

6 | Using Office 2010 APIs to Customize Application Behavior and Automate Tasks


I’m still developing Office 2007 solutions. Where can I find the content?

We have modified our home page so you can find your way to both Office 2007 and Office 2010 developer content. We have a commitment to continue delivering and helping you discover Office 2007 content.


You should also check the Products tab to find your way to product and version specific developer content.


Check back often the MSDN Office Developer Center for the latest updates on Office 2010 development and follow us on Twitter for the latest news and twits for new content and cool stories about Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 development.

I’d also like to suggest you all read David Hale’s great post on Developer Help Updates for Office 2010 Beta!

What about SharePoint 2010 developer content?

In case you missed it, you can find detailed information about our recent SharePoint Conference release here:

Also, check back often the MSDN SharePoint Developer Center for the latest updates on SharePoint 2010 development.

Happy coding!

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