The Innovation Decision

For over a decade I have enjoyed so very much being a leading voice for custom solutions that integrate with Microsoft Office. The last 7 ½  years of that time have been as a Microsoft employee gleefully carrying my blue-badge with me all over the world. I’ve gone many places and talked with thousands of…

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Open XML at TechEd 2010

Open XML was a big part of my first session at TechEd 2010 called, “Office 2010: Developing the Next Wave of Productivity Solutions”. The thing that gets the biggest reaction is the Open XML SDK 2.0 “Productivity Tool”– especially the ability to reflect over an Office document to produce C# code that will produce the target…

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Microsoft Office Programmability Delivers for Consultant’s Customers

I’ve talked with with many dozens of customers here at TechEd 2010 about Office 2010 and shown them a lot of demos at the kiosk. As they arrive I hand them a www.iheartmacros.com t-shirt (hugely popular, btw). Very often the response is: “This is great. I actually do love macros and VBA”. I’m not surprised….

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New Office VBA site launch on MSDN

MSDN now features a special site (also accessible via www.iheartmacros.com) dedicated to Microsoft Office VBA – an important part of the Office 2010 value.   The site presents a clear path for technically savvy users to begin learning how to customize the Office applications to meet their needs. This new MSDN site highlights content for:…

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Keeping It Real With Microsoft Office: Asking Questions About Solution Design

I just finished a whirlwind swing through Amsterdam, The Hague, Antwerp, and finally Vienna Austria. I’ve already blogged about the first three cities, but this last one is the focus of this post. I went to Vienna mainly to meet with some customers in order to provide guidance around Office solutions and also to gather…

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Connect Microsoft Excel To SQL Azure Database

A number of people have found my post about getting started with SQL Azure pretty useful. But, it’s all worthless if it doesn’t add up to user value. Database are like potential energy in physics-it’s a promise that something could be put in motion. Users actually making decisions based on analysis is analogous to kinetic…

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Microsoft TechDays 2010 in Antwerp Belgium

I caught a train from Den Haag to Antwerp in Belgium on Wednesday afternoon. You can see the Dutch countryside in this short clip. Traveling by train to Antwerp. I used to live in Belgium when I was a missionary for my church 25 years ago, and I fell in love with all things Belgian!…

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Microsoft DevDays 2010 Day #3 with Open XML

I’ve been running at a fast pace for the past few days, so I’m going to add a few posts here to catch up. Day 3 of the DevDays event in the Netherlands was a success. I delivered a session on “Open XML Solution Building With Word and Excel Services”. Huge thanks to Zeyad Rajabi…

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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…

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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…

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