Anyone who's been to any of my recent presentations knows that I'm a passionate advocate of developing on the Office platform. The release of VSTO v3 with VS2008 was a big step forward in making Office development a truly first-class .NET development experience with its support for customising the Ribbon, Outlook form regions and (probably most importantly) true click-once support for deployment and updating. Of course, for all the goodness that was included with the official VSTO v3 release, the team had other things they wanted to ship but couldn't given the time and dependency constraints. In the interim, they've shipped a suite of these extras as the Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Office System Power Tools v18.104.22.168 (catchy name, huh?).
From the docs:
There are nine tools in the first release of the VSTO Power Tools, including two runtime tools and seven design-time tools:
Andrew Whitechappel has blogged about these tools here and here, and in particular talks about how to submit feedback on them via Microsoft Connect:
Go to Microsoft Connect at http://connect.microsoft.com/default.aspx. Sign up or log in to the site. On the left menu, click Available Connections. On the next page, click Visual Studio and .NET Framework. On the next page, choose one of the following: To see if your issue already exists, click Start Here. In the Search Feedback box, search for the issue. If the issue does not exist, click Submit Feedback. On the next page, click Bug Submission Form or Suggestion Submission Form. -OR- To submit a bug or suggestion, click Submit a Bug or Submit a Suggestion. On the submission form, enter the required information. In the Description box, specify “VSTO/VSTA Power Tools”. When you are finished, click Submit.
This is great advice for submitting feedback/bugs/suggestions on all Microsoft products and technologies in general. Submissions from this tool go directly into the appropriate product teams' databases for triage and action. It's the best way to get your voice heard.
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