Wanted: Feedback on the documentation

We are working on making the documentation better, but we need your help to do it right. We’d appreciate it if you could take 10 minutes to go to the Visual Studio Content Survey and let us know what you think.


Orcas Beta 2 Deployment Stories

Hi, my name is Kris Makey, I’m one of the Testers working on the VSTO team.  Over the last year my area has been focused on testing the new Deployment features for “Orcas” Office 2007.  It’s been a rather hectic year getting every to be just right.  Hopefully what you (our customers) are seeing in…


Updated VSTO 2005 SE runtime is available

An updated VSTO 2005 SE runtime (VSTOR.exe, build .891) is now publicly available for download at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4468D8CB-B43E-4B09-82F6-8BA3F7B5E935 This update contains a couple of bug fixes in the area of Outlook automation. It also contains a number of updates to support Visual Studio 2008. The Customer Support team is working on a KB describing more details…


Some customizations may stop working after an update to .NET Framework 2.0 is installed

The Common Language Runtime stores User security policy in a location based on the CLR version number. Updates to the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 update the CLR version number when they are installed, which causes the CLR to check for policy in a different folder. Because the new folder contains default User security policy, any…


Providing Feedback on Next Release of VSTO (in VS 2008 Beta 2)

I’m hoping many of you are as excited as we are about the upcoming release of VSTO – shipping in Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition. In this release, we’ll have many new exciting features such as the ability to create custom Outlook form regions, support for ClickOne deployment, visual ribbon designer, VBA/VSTO interoperability, and much more….


Video Demo: Importing an Outlook Form Region into Visual Studio

This 4-minute video demonstrates creating a form region in Outlook with controls that are bound to Outlook data, and then importing the form region into a Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Outlook add-in project. After the form region is in Visual Studio, you can add managed code to handle the events, but the data is still coming from…


Video Demo: VSTO and VBA Interop

Here’s a short video that shows a new feature of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 — calling from VBA in a VSTO solution document into the managed Visual Basic code in the assembly.     You can find out more and download Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 from the Visual Studio Developer Center.


Why a VSTO Runtime?

Download the audio fileDuration 9:48Size 7 MB Thomas Quinn answers Christin’s questions about why Visual Studio Tools for Office has its own runtime.   Related link: Thomas Quinn’s blog


Building Office Business Applications

Download the audio fileDuration 19:02Size 13.5 MB Joanna Bichsel from the Office Platform Strategy team joins Steve Fox to talk about how and why to build OBAs, including lessons learned from building a sales forecasting application using SharePoint, Excel, Word, SQL Server, and the Visual Studio Tools for Office ServerDocument features.     Related links: OBA…


Outlook Form Regions

Download the audio fileDuration 17:08Size 12.5 MB Mike Morton talks with Christin about using form regions to customize Outlook, and some of the new Outlook tools in VSTO that are coming in Beta 2. Related links: Creating Outlook Form Regions by Using Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office SE Creating Outlook Form Regions