Thanks to the great turnout in Rochester today for the Bob, Chris, and Jim Northeast RoadShow. The Office presentation was a bit rocky, but it seems it’s always the easy stuff that throws you for a loop – note to self, check the WHERE clause. Hopefully, the gist of the value of considering Office as an application platform made it through the ‘demo malfunction.’
I wanted to reply to one question that was asked after the presentation, regarding routing slip functionality. This capability was available through the File->Send To option in Office 2003. With some searching you can find the following reference http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179199.aspx which rather tersely explains:
Send to Routing Recipient: Removal of this low-use feature from the user interface improves the user experience.
I suppose ‘improves the user experience’ is debatable, especially if that’s a feature you’ve relied on! The implication is that the plumbing remains; however, it appears the corresponding objects have been removed from VBA as well (http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=3055314&SiteID=1). Note that the same reference on the TechNet site mentions the use of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 for other “Send To” capabilities removed from the UI, so this may be a potential way to go. From a Web search, it appears a few others have run into this as well, but I didn’t note any clear resolutions. If you have one, please feel free to add a response to this note.