Using VSTO v3 CTP with Outlook 2007

If you are excited about managed add-in development and Outlook 2007, you’ve no doubt heard about the CTP release for VSTO v3 (VSTO is Visual Studio Tools for Office).  This release enables developers to start working with managed code add-ins using the VSTO environment and targeting Outlook 2007.

Of course, this VSTO release is very early in the cycle and not all of the features are code complete or event included yet.  This release is primarily targeting the runtime environment and making sure that things work.  The side effect of this is that some extra “glue” is required to use some features.  Andrew has a nice post over on his blog about how to use Form Regions with VSTO v3, so if you are interested I’d suggest you take a look.

Comments (2)

  1. Adam says:

    1. What is the future of Custom Forms in Outlook? I really like that ability, but the problem is 1) hard to deploy 2) the Office 2K3 "ide" for form code is really bad 3)hard to get them to work with OWA 4) have no support with ActiveSync.

    2. Does you envision people actually using custom forms very often? If so, in what kind of context?

    3. How do you create a custom form in Outlook 12? Is there a specific developer add-in or can you just click Edit somewhere?

    4. How do you reconcile people using Word for email creation in relation to custom forms?

  2. Adam says:

    Ah…ignore question three. Any thoughts to updating the Script Editor with something better (code completion/formatting/etc)?