Preserving transparency when rendering Office icons

  Today I have a guest writer on my blog – Eric Faller.  Eric shows the correct way to render Office icons returned by GetImageMso API. I got involved into this by replying to this post in our forums but the explanation just would not fit into a regular forums post – so here we…

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Deploying your VSTO Add-In to All Users (Part II)

UPDATE March 11, 2010: Office 2010 does support deploying managed add-ins to HKLM which makes the below article a little bit outdated nowdays. There is also an optional download for Office 2007 containing the same fix. Check this article out for more details. In this post I am going to discuss how the observations made…

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Deploying your VSTO Add-In to All Users (Part I)

UPDATE March 11, 2010: Office 2010 does support deploying managed add-ins to HKLM which makes the below article a little bit outdated nowdays. There is also an optional download for Office 2007 containing the same fix. Check this article out for more details. VSTO Add-Ins aka Managed Office Add-Ins have a major deficiency on the…

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VSTO 2005 SE runtime update is available

I have promised on several occasions that I will make a post on my blog as soon as an update to VSTO 2005 SE runtime becomes available. Unfortunately when this finally happened I was on vacation and could not immediately post this. My appologies for such bad timing. Now it is the time to make…

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Update for VSTO 2005 SE released

We have recently released an update for VSTO 2005 SE design time support on Vista. The KB article is available here and does not explicitly say what exactly was broken or what fix has been made – it simply states the symptoms. On a Windows Vista-based computer, add-ins that are created by using Microsoft Visual…

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VSTO 2005 SE deployment paper is published

The original deployment paper targeted deployment aspects of customizations built using VSTO 2005 release but since VSTO 2005 SE came out many people wondered what are the changes in the deployment, specifically the questions where around deploying the VSTO2005SE runtime prerequisite. I am glad to announce that today the updated article has been published and…

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Windows Installer fails on Vista with 2869 error code.

Omar had a problem: he was using VS 2005 SP1 on Vista to build his Windows Installer setup package for VSTO Outlook Add-In. When he tried to install the package – it was always failing with code 2869. He contacted me with “what is the deal?”, I tracked more folks in VS Setup team and…

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Outlook 2007 samples with VSTO 2005 SE

Randy Byrne from Outlook has modified Outlook 2007 sample to use VSTO 2005 SE. RibbonX sample and Rules, Prepare Me, and Travel Agency  

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