Mark Bower

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  • Blog Post: VSTO 2005 Second Edition RTW

    Yesterday we announced the availability of VSTO 2005 Second Edition for Office 2007. This is now available as a web download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5E86CAB3-6FD6-4955-B979-E1676DB6B3CB&displaylang=en Crucially this not only provides new features for Office 2007...
  • Blog Post: Adding intellisense support for Office 2003 development

    This download appeared on MSDN a couple of months back: Intellisense files for Visual Studio Tools for Office . Despite the title of the download these files can be used in any .NET Office System development regardless of whether you are using VSTO or not. The files work in Visual Studio .NET 2003 and...
  • Blog Post: Office 12 XML features available in all editions

    Woohoo! This is great news. Many times I have spoken to ISVs and SIs wanting to build Office 2003 XML integration solutions for the small business market or the education market who were disappointed that the arbitrary XML, Smart Document and VSTO technologies are only available in Office 2003 Professional...
  • Blog Post: Misha Shneerson is blogging

    Misha is a dev working on VSTO and is the person largely responsible for the Actions Pane in VSTO 2005 amongst other things. http://blogs.msdn.com/mshneer/archive/2005/07/14/438969.aspx . Welcome to the blogosphere Misha.
  • Blog Post: My TechEd Europe Sessions

    I have the dates for my TechEd sessions now. WCD351 Programming Word XML Solutions Wed 6 Jul 12:00 Microsoft Office Word 2003 enables a powerful integration between Word documents and XML data streams. See how you can liberate the content of a document for automated processing, document assembly,...
  • Blog Post: Fabrikam Learning Platform available for pre-order

    The documentation has been available on MSDN for around 6 months now, but at long last the Office System Fabrikam Learning Platform itself is available for pre-order. The DVDs are currently in production and should be shipping soon. Here's the official blurb: Today’s enterprise solution developers...
  • Blog Post: Office 2003 PIAs now available as a Reditributable Package

    The Office 2003 licence said that the Primary Interop Assemblies that ship with Office were not redistributable. That changes now with the release of a redist package you can use in your setup programs. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3c9a983a-ac14-4125-8ba0-d36d67e0f4ad&DisplayLang...
  • Blog Post: Quick Tip: Learning the Office Object Model

    This is an old one, but still a good one. Want to do something programmatically in Word/Excel etc. and don't know how to? Simply hit Tools/Macro/Record to start recording a new macro. Perform the action through the UI, and stop the recording. Then you have sample VBA code in the macro to get you going...
  • Blog Post: Word 2003 XML SDK Download available

    Title says it all really. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ca83cb4f-8dee-41a3-9c25-dd889aea781c&displaylang=en
  • Blog Post: Office 12 to include Workflow Capabilities

    After the first murmurings around Exchange 12 , a little more Office 12 info is starting to eek out. InfoWorld reports BillG's speech at the Office Dev Con last week in which he announced Office 12 is to include built-in workflow capabilities. Of course if you are an experienced Office-watcher this shouldn...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Magazine Office Special

    The February MSDN Magazine is devoted in large part to Office development. John Durant write on creating Research Pane services to search IM logs. Alok Mehta writes on intregrating data into Excel from Web Services Maxim Karpov and Eric Schoonover discuss adding recycle bin functionality to SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Attatching an XML Expansion Pack to a document programmatically

    Avner writes about how to attach a smart document XML Expansion Pack to a document programmatically: Sub AttachManifest() Dim Namespace As XMLNamespace Set Namespace = ActiveDocument.Application.XMLNamespaces.Add(“C:\Projects\SD\my.xsd, “My Schema“, “my“, True) Namespace.AttachToDocument (ActiveDocument...
  • Blog Post: What's in a name? The Information Worker, The Knowledge Worker and The Structured Task Worker

    The other day I was explaining to a customer about the different types of Information Worker. Doing a web search afterwards I found very little information available about a bunch of terms we tend to bandy about quite freely without ever really explaining: Information Worker, Knowledge Worker, Structured...
  • Blog Post: How To Submit Ideas and Suggestions for Microsoft Office Products

    Do you have an idea for a new feature or addition to one of the Office products? Maybe there is something about the way a feature works that really annoys you? Believe it or not, there is a simple way to submit your ideas to the Office team for consideration. The problem is the web page is hidden away...
  • Blog Post: Doing Office Development? Get this book...

    If you are doing any kind of dev with Office using managed code you really need to get a copy of Andrew Whitechapel's new book, .NET Development for Microsoft Office. Until a couple of weeks ago Andrew worked with me in MCS, and has been developing this book over the last 18 months based on his real...
  • Blog Post: Word 2003 CDK/SDK

    It's been a long time coming…but a week or so back the Word 2003 SDK finally went live. Back when Office 2003 was at Beta 2 stage there was a Word Content Development Kit (CDK) Beta available with information about developing Word solutions. Some of the information in that original Beta has since been...
  • Blog Post: VSTO 2005 Demo Videos

    A bunch of short demo videos from the VSTO 2005 team focussed on common tasks developers need to perform: Locate and Delete Named Range Controls Auto-resize of Controls in a Worksheet Custom User Controls in a Document Row/Column Order Persistence in DataBound List Objects Resize Excel Controls
  • Blog Post: Hosting Windows Forms controls in the Office Task Pane

    OK, here's a question I hear frequently: I want a richer user interface in my Smart Document task pane than the default controls allow. I know I can add ActiveX controls in there, but we've standardised on .NET as our development platform now. Can I create a user control in managed code and expose it...
  • Blog Post: New: Research Services Development Extras

    I't been a long time coming, but the Microsoft Office Research Services Development Extras that I presented at TechEd this year have finally been made available for download on MSDN. The download includes a class library and wizard to simplify creating research web services and a tracing and debugging...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath 2003 SDK Updated

    A new version of the InfoPath 2003 SDK has been released to include new information and updated samples for the SP1 update of InfoPath. Here’s what’s new in the updated SDK New tool: Using the InfoPath to Word Wizard New code library: Build a Custom BizTalk 2004 Pipeline Component New code library: Build...
  • Blog Post: Office 2003 Service Pack 1 released!

    Apart from the usual round of fixes this update includes lots of new functionality for the newest two members of the Office family: OneNote and InfoPath. To get SP1 installed go to the Office Update web site click check for Updates. New features in OneNote include better integration with...
  • Blog Post: Office 2003 Primary Interop Assembly Tips and Tricks

    Unlike the PIAs for Office XP, the PIAs for Office 2003 ship in-the-box, and are not available as a separate download. To ensure they get installed by the Office installer during setup you need to make sure that the .NET Framework 1.1 is already installed on your machine (v1.0 won't help you here). This...
  • Blog Post: Choosing between InfoPath and Smart Document Solutions

    I was asked recently about when it would be appropriate to use InfoPath vs. Smart Documents. It's an interesting question as there is quite a degree of overlap between these technologies, so here are my rules of thumb for choosing between them... Consider InfoPath when: The typical usage scenario is...
  • Blog Post: What is IBF?

    The buzz has really grown about Information Bridge Framework over the course of the week in Amsterdam. It's a real shame we didn't get just a little mention of this new product in the keynote on Tues, especially as it reached RTM on Weds. However if you missed out on the IBF breakout this week, and you...
  • Blog Post: Office 2003 XML Reference Schemas

    Only just spotted that the Office 2003 Reference Schemas and associated documentation were updated in April, adding documentation for Excel, Visio and InfoPath as well as Word.
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