Extending the Outlook Social Connector

I am one of those persons who has 25 apps running at the same time. I always have multiple instances of Explorer, VS, Office docs, and other apps running at all times. The one app I never close and I frequently visit is Outlook. One of the neat new additions to Outlook 2010 is the…

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Open XML SDK 2.0 August CTP, Videos, and 50+ Open XML Code Samples

Zeyad Rajabi announced this week the availability of the new Open XML SDK 2.0 August CTP. As mentioned by Zeyad, changes to this CTP include: Add semantic level validation support Add markup compatibility/extensibility support General improvements based on your feedback If you are into Open XML Development, you will also be interested in a few…

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Get Started Resources for Fluent UI Extensibility + Download the New Office Developer Resources Ribbon Tab

I remember all the buzz generated when we announced the new Fluent UI (Ribbon) for Office 2007 applications. The Microsoft Office Fluent UI replaced the previous system of layered menus, toolbars, and task panes with a simpler system optimized for efficiency and discoverability. The new UI, including the Office Fluent Ribbon, provides improved context menus,…

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How to Upload Files to SharePoint Server 2007 from ASP.NET Web Applications

Some time ago I  blogged about How to: Uploading a File to a SharePoint Library Site from a Local Folder and How to: Magic with SharePoint 2003, uploading files using a Web service. Some people found these samples useful and some people asked if I could provide sample code that works with SharePoint Server 2007….

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Open XML Format SDK 2.0: Getting Started Best Practices

The Open XML Format allows you to generate, manipulate, or pull data from Word 2007, Excel 2007, and PowerPoint 2007 files. If you are working with Microsoft-based solutions, you can generate, manipulate, and pull data from documents using the following tools and technologies: Notepad: Yes you can do it by hand! This is the classic…

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Office Palooza: Join the contest to test & sharpen your VBA programming skills!

MSDN® is sponsoring a coding contest for Office 2007, named OfficePalooza! This sweepstakes will run two weeks beginning April 20, 2009, and features ten fun Visual Basic of Applications™ (VBA) coding challenges in the form of puzzles and games. Each entrant will earn a chance to win one of hundreds of available prizes, determined by…

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How to Export Data to Excel from an ASP.NET Application + Avoid the File Format Differ Prompt

This is a common task for ASP.NET developers. You have a Web application where you expose data from a database, Web service, or third-party API and you need an “Export to Excel” button. I have used different approaches to export to Excel from a Web application. Here’s some options and guidance of when to use…

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Top Office 2007 & SharePoint Articles, Downloads, Visual How-tos, and Portal Pages

I’ve spent the last few days pulling 2008 metrics for Office & SharePoint developer content. It’s quite interesting to see what flavor of chocolates devs pick at the candy store. The Office System is an umbrella of products and technologies. Popular picks from the Office dev community include SharePoint, Open XML, WSS, the Fluent UI,…

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Suggest a Topic/Code Sample for Future Office Visual How-tos

While reviewing traffic to some of our MSDN content, I noticed that the Office Visual How-tos we’ve published on the MSDN Library are getting lots of page views! Developers seem to like this content type since it provides a short article, code sample, and video. This content type provides quick demos that show you how…

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Presents for Outlook Developers…

New Reference Documentation  The big news is an offering for COM developers: the long-awaited Outlook 2007 Messaging API went live today. This is an update to the old Messaging API last published several years ago. Outlook 2007 Messaging API (MAPI) Reference describes how to create Outlook 2007 items by using MAPI that is based on the Component…

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