Update Your Blog Readers, We’ve Moved!

The Visual Studio Tools for Office team has moved to http://blogs.msdn.com/vsto , and the RSS feed is http://blogs.msdn.com/vsto/rss.xml. We’ve got a lot more team members set up to blog over there so come on over and join us! Important Links:  Office Development with Visual Studio Blog Office Development How Do I Videos Office Development Screencasts on…


Out Loud for Outlook: Speech Recognition & Synthesis

Nathan Carlson developed a creative solution for Outlook 2007 using Visual Studio 2008 (codename Orcas).  The Out Loud for Outlook project started as a dogfood testing project last summer.  For those of you unfamiliar with the dogfood testing practice at Microsoft, it’s a term for testing our own products in real-world solutions while they are…


The Reports of VBA’s Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

There’s recently been some confusing information circulating about the future of VBA in the press that we want to clear up. The report that the next generation of Office will not contain VBA is untrue – the next generation of the Microsoft Office system will definitely contain all of the functionality that developers and power…


VSTO Runtime Assembly Name Changes from Beta 2 to RTM

If you created a project for Microsoft Office 2007 using Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, you will probably see a number of broken assembly references if you open the project in the final release of Visual Studio 2008. This is because most of the assemblies in the version of the VSTO runtime that is used for Microsoft Office 2007 projects…


Hiding and Showing an Adjoining Outlook Form Region

There is no way to show or hide an adjoining form region at run time. However, you can show and hide a custom task pane at run time. Therefore, if you need to give your users the ability to show and hide a UI panel in an Outlook item, consider using a custom task pane….