Office 2010 & SharePoint 2010: Platform for Innovation

There’s a great new article by Michael Desmond in Visual Studio Magazine called “Office Alignment: Why Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 are poised to unleash a new wave of developer innovation“. Read it and you’ll get Michael’s always engaging insight into the new products investments in this release, and you’ll read about some key customers who…

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Microsoft Excel and Twitter via Smart Tags in a VS 2008 Solution

I recent wrote (“Twitter from Excel 2007”) about how Chandoo (Plus JP) caught my attention with their quirky take on updating Twitter from Excel. In there, I said I would lay down an expanded, more useful version. In so doing, I believe I have also provided a raison d’être for the thing in the first…

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Saving Money in IT: Maximizing Value is Key (+ review of new U2 album)

In a recent post to a blog, a writer, Guy Creese, writes that the key to saving money in IT is ‘granularity’. In short- he suggests that the IT cost-saving key is to figure out what the basic use experiences are for people and match them to the cheapest software that suits those needs. I…

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www.iheartonenote.com

I truly enjoy being enthusiastic about OneNote. I’m not ashamed of my unguarded devotion to this application (share the love via the new site: www.iheartonenote.com). Here at Microsoft, new ideas spring up every day, and those ideas/prototypes/proofs-of-concept fight for attention. They scramble, they hustle, prove their value, and if they are lucky—they survive and make…

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Twitter from Excel 2007

I cannot think of any compelling reason for sending a tweet from a form in Excel other than it’s kind of cool to know it can be done. Nevertheless, the little add-in for Excel has its charm as an odd little novelty: How to write your own Twitter client in Excel (Userform version is here)…

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Adding and Binding XML in Office Documents

I am frequently asked about how to do some of the basics with XML parts in Office documents. There are excellent blogs and content out there to guide you in working with Office Open XML such as Brian Jones, Doug Mahugh, MSDN, and the Office Open XML SDK. I have also blogged extensively about OOXML…

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Office 2007 (and beyond) Developer Resources: Looking ahead

Many of the investments developers make in Office 2007 are version-durable (read: they are likely to endure into the next version of Office). Some of the Office 2007 technologies that are so appealing for business productivity solutions are the new Office document format, Word content controls, and the Office Fluent UI (eg: Ribbon). There are…

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Chad Z. Hower aka "Kudzu"VSTO Excel Solution for the Wii

Chad Z. Hower, aka “Kudzu”, A Microsoft colleague has created a VSTO application that lets you analyze Wiimote motions for the Nintendo Wii: http://www.kudzuworld.com/blogs/tech/20070819.aspx Yeah, I know it’s not for the XBox, but as Steve Ballmer said yesterday in a meeting with the Oracle CEO, customers want their products and software from different vendors to…

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NET helpmsg

I am running Windows Vista (liking it more every day), and a Windows Update failed. I received this error message, and I did not know what it meant. Here’s a little trick to use that will give you the error message description. Let’s say my error was 80070652 (this was the actual error). I type…

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Milestones, SharePoint, and Atlas Falling

Whew! We’re working hard on Visual Studio Codename “Orcas”, and that has kept me extraordinarily busy. One of the things I have been working a lot on has been our cool SharePoint workflow tools in VSTO Orcas. Using these tools makes it a lot easier to start developing and debugging a workflow solution. Once you…

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