Love IBF?

Do you love the Information Bridge Framework (IBF) but feel at a loss now that it is not supported by Office 2007? I’ve been working with Scot Hillier and Bhushan Nene to provide you with a white paper complete with sample code on how you can use the Business Data Catalog and Visual Studio Tools…

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So what’s the fuss about the new Open XML file formats?

You’ve probably been hearing about new Office 2007 file formats and that the fact that they are based on Open XML is a great benefit. But why? Why should you as developers care? Are they nothing more than just a compressed file format? Actually, they’re much, much, more than that. They’re an incredibly powerful building…

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Excel on the Server?

Yes! There is such a thing and it’s an actual, server-grade, supported product! It’s part of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and it’s the published version of an Excel spreadsheet which gives you the ability to share business intelligence around the enterprise in a safe, compliant way. Why Did We Create Excel Services? Multiple Versions…

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Everyone Loves More Code Samples!

Since I’ve last blogged, we’ve released 7 more How-To’s on the Office Developer How-To Center giving you a total of 9 code samples with accompanying videos, articles, and resources. The topics range from the new Open XML file formats presented by MVP Ken Getz, customizing the Office 2007 fluent user interface, as well as several…

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Mr. Task Pane, meet Mrs. Ribbon

In my previous posts, I showed you how to create a custom ribbon and how to create a custom Task Pane using VSTO, but how do you tie these two together? I’ve created a solution to show you how to do that. It’s based on the scenario of a travel agency that books cruises. A…

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Live! The Office How-To Center!

I’m excited to announce that the MSDN Office Developer How-To Center has gone LIVE! http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/office/bb266408.aspx The How-To Center consists of a set of “Visual How-To Topics” which combine a video demo, a conceptual overview, a code sample and related resources into a single content item. We expect that this will help you, the Office developers…

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I’ve been tagged!

Earlier last week, Russ Stalters tagged me. Remember when you used to get those e-mails from your friends asking you about your favorite things and then you had to forward that on to 5 other friends? Well it’s back and it’s in blog format. Of course I think this is incredibly fun :). So ready?…

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MOSS 2007 Item-Level Auditing Source Code and White Paper Released

Working with Ted Pattison, a SharePoint MVP and owner of the Ted Pattison Group, the Item-Level Auditing source-code and white paper was released on Tuesday to help you get started building your own custom compliance solutions on Office 2007. Here’s a summary of what you get: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides auditing by default…

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Creating Custom Task Panes Using VSTO SE – A Beginner’s Guide

In order to create Office Business Applications (OBAs), you need to understand the basics. There are a lot of blogs out there which talk about one set of features, one set of technologies, or one product. In my blog, I want to be able to cover a wide breadth of Office technologies and products so…

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Go on…Make the Microsoft Office UI look the way you want it to

As promised, I’m going to show you how to customize the Office 2007 Ribbon. If any of you attended the TechEd EMEA conference, you may have seen me do a demo where I customized the ribbon using Visual Studio 2005 but now I’m going to show you how to do it using Visual Studio 2005…

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