VSTO – Office PIA IntelliSense

Microsoft IntelliSense XML Files for Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System Overview Adds summary descriptions of types, members, and parameters to IntelliSense ToolTips in code and in the Object Browser for Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Office Excel 2003, Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, and Microsoft Office 2003 Shared PIAs in Microsoft Visual…


PDC05 Visual Studio Tools for Applications presentation

Check out my previous post on VSTA. Check out the PDC05: Building Customizable Applications with VSTA.  I believe this download will only be available for a limited time, so unless you attended the PDC 2005 event and you received the DVD, you better act fast.


Designing Managed Add-Ins for Reliability, Security, and Versioning

Here is the free download from the FUN309 PDC2005 session. Here is the description from the download center “Speakers: Jim Miller; Thomas QuinnMost large applications allow customers to provide code to customize the application’s behavior. Examples are ActiveX controls for Internet Explorer and SmartTags in Microsoft Office. Correctly designing the interface between a host and…


Ship it! VSTO 2.0, Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0!

MSDN subscribers can now download and install any one of the retail versions of the Visual Studio family of products from the MSDN subscription site. In addition, we are releasing the 32 and 64bit versions of the .NET Framework 2.0 and the .NET Framework SDK to the Microsoft download center for immediate public consumption. The…


WinFX Developer reference

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Managed Add-in Framework (System.AddIn NS) was announced at PDC 2005. The WinFX <Windows VISTA Developer reference> namespace high resolution poster can be found on the WinFX web site.


PDC05 – Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA)

Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA) Charter Provide a redistributable Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Design Time (DT), and Run time (RT) for hosts (ISV’s, etc..) providing a rich managed customization environment for developers. VSTA v1.0 was just announced in the keynote at PDC and the ship date coinsides with the release of Office 12….


PDC05 – Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO)

Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) Charter VSTO provides professional developers with a Visual Studio IDE for developing managed applications that extend the functionality of Office applications. VSTO version 1.0, code named White Rabbit, a Visual Studio project was available for developing managed customizations against the Office PIA’s (Primary Interop Assemblies) for Word and…


PDC05 – Managed AddIn Framework (MAF)

MAF (Managed AddIn Framework) The Managed Add-in Framework defines a programming model, built on top of .NET that allows applications to dynamically load and communicate with generic components at runtime.  We provide a solution for creating independently versioning, mutually distrustful components, and allow them to work together.  We tackle the two problematic – versioning and…



Here I am in Los Angeles, attending the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2005 (PDC05).  As an attendee, you get an opportunity to speak with the Microsoft product development teams, as well as the opportunity to see potential <big disclaimer here> future product features and directions.  You will also receive prescriptive guidance on design recommendations that…


Tech-Ed, Smart Client, VSTO, and Outlook Addin’s

I want to appologize for the delay in posting Blogs, but we have been very busy on getting Whidbey out the door and adding a few new features like Smart tags as well as Outlook Addin’s. Tech-Ed WebCasts for Smart Client as well as other interesting sessions.  The link for the web casts will require you to register…