Microsoft DevDays 2010 Day 2

I delivered a session today that describes what’s new in Office 2010 for solution developers. It’s a session that I have evolved over the past year. My core demos have also evolved, and I’m pleased with the impact they make. The session was well attended, and I was pleased to see plenty of enthusiasm for…


Getting Started Integrating Windows Azure with Microsoft Office Solutions

Nearly everyone starts learning anything new by beginning with something simple and adding incremental knowledge. One of the biggest challenges with Windows Azure and SQL Azure is that the simple beginning seems a bit more elusive. The “Hello World” application in the new world of cloud computing, while not overly complex in concept, requires a…


To Catch A Thief at Microsoft DevDays 2010

Here’s a quick update. I was down at a nice reception at the hotel for the conference speakers when a door is violently thrown open and a guys goes running through and down the hall. Following closely behind was a security guard. I immediately took off running after both of them. We tore down a…


Microsoft DevDays 2010 Day #1

It’s been an eventful day here at Microsoft DevDays 2010, and the show hasn’t even officially started! First item of business is to get to a hotel for rest and get some great food-not necessarily in that order. My flight was as good as one can expect- the guy next to me, Jim Anderson, was…


Open XML SDK 2.0 for Microsoft Office Is Live

I speak with customers every day about the productivity solutions they build using Microsoft Office. Rarely now do my conversations not include a discussion of Open XML. This is because it is such a powerful way to work with Office documents as a data source. Basically, developers can shuttle data in and out of Office…


Microsoft Office Developer Sessions from SharePoint Conference 2009 Now Live

Readers of the blog know that SharePoint Conference 2009 had some pretty memorable highlights. Now, we’re excited to announce that five key Office developer sessions are now freely viewable online. Here’s the list of sessions: What’s New in Office 2010 for Developers: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/ff436077.aspx This session gives you insight into the investments we’ve made in Office…


Microsoft Office 2010 Developer Video Shoot

I just felt like doing a different kind of post today. I spent some time on camera yesterday as part of video you’ll see when Microsoft Office 2010 launches. I didn’t get as much make-up applied on this video, so I’m worried I’ll look as tired as I felt. There’s a lot that goes into…


New MSDN Office Developer Center Update

Erika, the site owner for the MSDN Office Developer Center, announced today an important visual update to the site. There are brand elements all over in here that match our branding guidelines for Microsoft Office 2010. One could call it a purely cosmetic change, but it signals something even more important at work. We’ve been…


Social Networking and Workplace Productivity

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace-these are common social networking sites/services that are on the tip of the tongue nowadays. Beyond their relative novelty, they’ve brought fresh attention to long-standing questions and engendered new ones. Recently, Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President of Office Product Management Group, submitted a post, “Productivity + social media = goodness for the…