VSTA and Generics

VSTA has been officially released now, in InfoPath in the 2007 Office System, and for use by third parties in the VS SDK. So we’re getting our first batch of feature requests. Far and away the biggest request so far is generic support. Admittedly, generic support for VSTA hosts is limited. I know it’s an…

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Outlook 2007 Form Region Sample – Second Edition

Office 2007 is official today, so it is time to update my Form Region Sample. The big difference is new methods on the _FormRegionStartup interface. With input from us here in VSTO, Outlook changed the interface to make it easier to use from VSTO addins and more  friendly to managed dlls. The two new methods…

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Outlook 2007 Form Region Sample

I’ve finally finished my Form Region Sample for Outlook 2007 that was promised. I’ve been working on it in earnest for a couple weeks now in my spare time. I am now resisting the urge to continue tweaking it: it is time to lockdown and ship. The urge to tweak is there because this is…

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Back in Redmond

It’s good to be home. But we had a great time in Europe and learned a ton. The best thing I learned is that ISVs are using VSTO and using it well. Hopefully they learned from us as well. I have nothing but good things to say about the Frontline program, it was a rousing…

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On the road in Europe

It has been almost two weeks now since I arrived in Europe. As noted, I had hoped to blog more, but with all of the working, sight-seeing, eating, drinking and travelling — not to mention very intermittent internet availability — I haven’t really had a chance. I am in Vienna now (Wien to the locals,…

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Catching up: Cypress (VSTO 2005 SE), Frontline and more…

Wow, I can’t beleive that it has been more than two months since I posted, but the numbers don’t lie. It has been an eventful summer. We’ve been working like dogs on new features that you will be hearing about in the fullness of time. I also had a nice long vacation in Chatham, MA….

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Using Windows Presentation Foundation in VSTO — with "Cross-bow"

I’ve been working on this on and off since TechEd. I had a customer ask if it was possible to use WPF (formerly Avalon) in a VSTO Custom Task Pane. It is possible, and we’re dealing with CTP (Community Technical Preview) releases on top of beta releases, so considering that, it works fairly well. I told…

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TechEd 06: Chalk-talk today, MAF 101

I’m doing a “chalk-talk” today at TechEd — at 3:45 in DEV (Blue area) Theatre 1 in the TLC. The listed subject is Designing Managed Add-ins for Reliability, Security and Versioning, the same subject of the talk Jim and I did at PDC. I’ve refined the talk a lot since then. I’ve been giving this…

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TechEd 06: VSTO ‘v3’ talk this afternoon

Mike Hernandez and I are speaking today (3:15 in room 153) about VSTO ‘v3’ and what we are doing with Office 2007. We’ll be showing several demos of the new programmability features enabled by the next version of VSTO in Office 2007. VSTO ‘v3’ will release with VS ‘Orcas,’ and our talk will focus on…

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VSTO ‘v3’ June CTP can run VSTO 2005 customizations

One of the biggest complaints we had on the February CTP of VSTO v3 was that you couldn’t run your VSTO 2005 customizations in Office 2007. I’m happy to say we fixed that problem in the latest CTP for June. What this means is that when you get the VSTO v3 June CTP your old…

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