I'm a Business Productivity Technology Specialist - that means I get to convince everyone why Office is a cool development platform. The good news is that I really don't have to do much convincing, because the platform is so cool.
I'm simply baffled at where to start. So much has changed in Office since VBA was created... A developer could spend all his/her time in Office creating some amazing tools and never even leave the platform.
Some things I get to worry about working with:
- Smart Tags and the Research Task Pane. The Research Task Pane is a UI to access research services from Office applications. A research service is a web service using a standard query/response schema. The task pane calls the service with details about the query request, alternate word forms or phrases, and the application doing the calling (so you can provide different responses based on the application). The task pane can also interface with custom smart tags to perform the lookups or to put data back into the document.
- InfoPath is a new smart forms client that gives developers a solid platform for creating powerful code-driven forms as well as delivering to end users a simple way of creating their own forms without having to call a web developer every time they need a survey done. InfoPath works *really* well with...
- SharePoint Portal Server, Microsoft's new collaboration platform. All I can really say about this is just install it. Just install it and see what you can do. It's freaking amazing.
So - more to come as I continue digging around in the platforms and seeing what I can turn up that's new and cool for developers.