What are people saying about the Office 12 XML ECMA Standardization?

It’s big news: We are working with other big companies like Intel, Toshiba, and Apple, to make the Office 12 XML file formats full-blown standards. This means a big change in our licensing as well: they are not just royalty free (as with Office 2003); there is a covenant not to sue for use of…


Another Cool Outlook Add-in using VSTO 2005

Yesterday, I mentioned the My.Blogs Outlook add-in sample and the accompanying article. Today I mention another add-in created with VSTO 2005: Creating an Outlook Task Add-in Solution with Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office. This sample was created by my colleague, Naveen. The article was written by me. All of the source code is available…


My.Blogs and VSTO Outlook

I am so behind on a couple of things- I’m a few days behind on a chapter for my book. I should have it wrapped by Saturday. I’m a day behind on an article for MSDN Magazine. I should have it wrapped today. I feel like crud, and I have loads to do at work….


VSTO 2005 Launch- Ready to Rock

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a4bb5378-7253-4212-b419-28ea6f3afdea&DisplayLang=enI am in San Francisco right now for the VS 2005, BizTalk 2005, and SQL Server 2005 Launch. Because I always do a Rock Thought for the Day, I’m pretty pumped that our theme for the Launch is “Ready to Rock”. To top it off, Cheap Trick is playing tonight, and that is very cool….


Microsoft Announces ‘Live Software’ Initiative

Here are just my notes from the announcements today: Bill Gates just announced Microsoft’s latest Big Bet: Live Software. If you think it’s all just marketing speak (I admit that at first, I was leaning that way), please read my whole entry. The demos they did were pretty darn convincing. He called this a “new…