Using RibbonX with C++ and ATL

Today’s Guest Writer: Eric Faller Eric is a Software Design Engineer on the Office User Experience team focused on user interface extensibility for Office developers. Another source of frequently-asked RibbonX questions is around the complexity of writing an add-in in C++. Compared to the ease of use of C# or VB.NET, C++ requires a much…

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Windows, Office, and Exchange Business Launch

Today is the official business launch of Windows Vista, the 2007 Office system, and Exchange Server 2007. This means that as of today, businesses can get these products and start deploying them within their organization. The consumer launch is scheduled for January 30—that’s when you’ll be able to go into retail stores and buy shrink-wrapped…

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RibbonX Image FAQ

Today I’m delighted to present a new guest writer to the blog: Eric Faller, Software Design Engineer on the Office User Experience Team. Eric is one of the developers on our team who helped to design and implement RibbonX, the user interface extensibility model for Office developers. Today’s Guest Writer: Eric Faller Some of the…

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Licensing the 2007 Microsoft Office User Interface

For the last year or so, one of the questions I’ve been asked again and again has been: “Can I use the new Office user interface in my own product?” On one hand, it’s an immensely satisfying question to hear, because it means that others in the industry believe in the value of what we’ve…

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Developer Resources for Office 2007 RTM

Now that we’ve released Office 2007 to manufacturing, developers can get started modifying their solutions so that they’re ready to test with the released version of Office. Final versions of the RibbonX schema and Control ID list will be published on MSDN soon, but that can take a while—so I’ll continue to publish developer resources…

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The Office 2007 UI Bible

I’ve published over 200 posts on this blog since I started it last September. With all of those posts, it can be hard to remember what you’ve read and what you haven’t… and it can be hard for new people to jump in and figure out where to start reading. I’ve been meaning to sit…

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Office 2007 Released to Manufacturing

I’m proud to announce that last Friday, November 3 at approximately 2:30 PM, we signed off on build 4518.1014 as the 2007 Microsoft Office system and released it to manufacturing. This was followed by a ship party for everyone in Office including a few minutes of speeches, the traditional sounding of the RTM siren, and…

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Final Schema for RibbonX-based Solutions

This morning, I posted the final customUI XML schema for creating Office 2007 RibbonX-based solutions. You can use this schema to develop solutions that will work with the upcoming final release of Office 2007; it will also continue to work just fine with Beta 2 Technical Refresh. The changes from the previous version I posted…

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Where Have I Gone?

I know in my last post I said that I’d be gone for a few days… and now those few days have stretched into a few weeks. One of the reasons I’ve been off the blog for a while is that we’ve been extremely busy putting the final touches on Office 2007. Now is the…

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Taking a Few Days Off

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted for the last week. I wish I could say that I’ve been on a fabulous vacation, but in reality, I spent two weeks on the road, talking to people about the Office 2007 UI. That trip, combined with an extremely busy time trying to help finish up…

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