New "How Do I" Video on Creating Smart Tags in Word (Beth Massi)

Our very own Mary Lee has got a new video up on the Dev Center on programming smart tags in with custom recognizers in Word using Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1. This is a video version of the How To topic in the MSDN library. Watch or download the video here. Thanks Mary! Enjoy,–Beth… Read more

Peek at Service Pack 1 (Christin Boyd)

Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 is not finished yet, but we do have a beta version of the documentation ready for you to read!  You can learn about some of the features that you’ll see later this year when we release SP1.  I recommend starting with reading about a totally new feature that we… Read more

Calling Into A VSTO Add-in From a COM Smart Tag (McLean Schofield)

My last post explained some of the differences between VSTO smart tags (that is, smart tags that you implement in a document-level solution for Word or Excel by using VSTO) and COM smart tags (that is, smart tags that you create by implementing COM interfaces provided by the smart tag SDK). If you are using… Read more

Understanding VSTO Smart Tags and COM Smart Tags (McLean Schofield)

The document-level projects for Excel and Word in VSTO (in Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008) provide a simple object model that you can use to create smart tags for documents and workbooks. A smart tag is a string that an Office application recognizes in a document. After the application recognizes the string, it… Read more