Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011: Which Band Should Perform?

As you all know the SharePoint Conference last year in Las Vegas was a great show (here are links to broadcasts of several of our sessions). I followed the show with a ticket to see U2’s 360 concert (unlike any other spectacle in rock-and-roll). Since then, I’ve often been asked, “Is there going to be…

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Microsoft Office 2010 General Availability

So, I was at TechEd 2010 talking a lot about Office 2010 solutions development last week and love was in the air…mostly because I gave out hundreds of t-shirts with our www.iheartmacros.com URL on them. I would say to people coming to our kiosk, “This shirt loves you” and hand them a shirt. But, I…


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….


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:…


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…


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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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…


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…


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…