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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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…

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Excel Open XML & LINQ Part I

In the next few posts I’ll roll out a little project for Excel that uses Open XML and LINQ. The scenario for this little Office solution has to do with my massive collection of music. I’ve collected over 1000 albums of music both from CDs and from purchases online. [SideNote: Purchasing music legally is so…

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Office Developer Atlas Released

The Office Developer Atlas interactive training tool (built using Silverlight technology) is a great way for you to come up to speed on what developing productivity solutions with Office is all about. We’ve called it an atlas because it’s designed to give you a series of training segments that help you orient yourself in the…

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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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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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