Brian Jones: Office Solutions

I'm Brian Jones, the group program manager of the Office Solutions Framework team.

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  • Blog Post: Writing Large Excel Files with the Open XML SDK

    In my last post, I showed you guys how to use the Open XML SDK to read and parse large Excel files . Today, I am going to show you how to write large Excel files with the Open XML SDK . Like in the case of reading, the Open XML SDK provides two approaches for writing Open XML files: 1. using the DOM...
  • Blog Post: Parsing and Reading Large Excel Files with the Open XML SDK

    I want to thank you guys for leaving blog post requests. Today's post will focus on one of your requests: parsing and reading large Excel files with the Open XML SDK. The Open XML SDK provides two approaches for parsing Open XML files: 1. using the SDK DOM , 2. using the SAX-like reading/writing capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Release of the Open XML SDK 2.0

    Today, I am really excited to announce the worldwide availability of the Open XML SDK 2.0 for Microsoft Office ! The Open XML SDK plays an integral part in creating Office document solutions that work on the client or server. The Open XML SDK allows you to create, consume, and manipulate Open XML files...
  • Blog Post: Finding Open XML Errors with Open XML SDK Validation

    In a previous post, I gave you an overview of the functionality added to the Open XML SDK 2.0 August 2009 CTP . Today, I want to deep dive into the schema and semantic level validation support within the SDK. Specifically, I am going to show you guys the Open XML SDK code needed to actually validate...
  • Blog Post: Open XML SDK Code Snippets

    In my previous post , I announced the release of the Open XML SDK August 2009 CTP . Today, I want to announce the release of the Open XML SDK code snippets . This package of code snippets provides over fifty reusable code samples, in both C# and VB.NET, which accomplish many common tasks involving Excel...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Release of the August 2009 CTP for the Open XML SDK

    I'm really happy to announce the release of the 3 rd CTP for the Open XML SDK 2.0 for Microsoft Office ! So what did we do in this CTP? Well, there were three main improvements we made to the SDK: Add semantic level validation support Add markup compatibility/extensibility support General...
  • Blog Post: Adding Repeating Data to PowerPoint

    In a previous post, I showed you how to create a product catalog in a Word document using the Open XML SDK . I also showed you how to make PowerPoint a reporting application based on data within a database . Today, I am going to show you how to create a product catalog in a PowerPoint deck using the...
  • Blog Post: The Open XML SDK and Fluent UI Extensibility

    Fluent UI, or the Ribbon, was introduced as part of Office 2007 as a replacement of the previous system of toolbars and menus. The Fluent UI technology, like the Open XML formats, is based on xml, which allows for a much richer extensibility story for developers. In Erika Ehril's blog post she described...
  • Blog Post: More on yesterday’s ODF announcement

    Gray Knowlton had a great post yesterday laying out more of the details on the "Save as ODF" functionality that will be built in natively for Office 2007 SP2: http://blogs.technet.com/gray_knowlton/archive/2008/05/21/microsoft-adds-save-as-odf-to-office-2007-service-pack-2.aspx Even though ODF 1.0...
  • Blog Post: Big Interoperability Announcement

    I'm traveling right now and don't have a lot of time to go really deep on this, but today's interoperability announcement is great for Microsoft for a lot of reasons. Gray Knowlton posted on this today , it's a great read if you want to understand how Office and file formats are affected. Here's an...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 SP1 is now available

    SP1 for Office 2007 is now available for download. One of the interesting fixes we made was based on some problems we found when you tried to use the ODF translator that Sun has built for Office. Malte Timmermann pointed out on his blog back in the summer that there were some major issues when you tried...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office *not* dumped by Science and Nature

    I saw this article today, and wanted to make sure that folks weren't confused about the latest with some of the publishers out there like Science as well as Nature. As I said last week, Murray and I have been talking with them trying to better understand the issues, but the fundamental problem comes...
  • Blog Post: Open XML in Science and Nature; Deploying Office 2007; and more…

    Here are a few interesting links I came across this week: Open XML in Science and Nature - Murray Sargent gives another update on the discussions we've been having with the folks from Science as well as Nature. They have some really cool publishing processes, and unfortunately we're only now talking...
  • Blog Post: Get CompanyWeb to work with new extensions

    David Overton has a blog post describing how folks with SBS can make a few updates so they get the new icons registered with the new extensions (as well as proper behavior with the open control): http://uksbsguy.com/blogs/doverton/archive/2007/03/13/how-to-get-companyweb-windows-sharepoint-services-v2...
  • Blog Post: Bulk upgrade your binary files to OpenXML

    The Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) was released earlier this week. It's a tool that helps folks who are going to manage and upgrade to the latest version of Office (2007). Among other things, it will do a scan of your network to identify Office documents and report back to you on the stats...
  • Blog Post: The power of data-view separation in your documents

    There is an excellent post over on the Word team blog that goes into details on how the new content controls feature (when parred with XML mapping) allows for powerful data-view separation in you wordprocessing documents. I've talked many times about the custom defined schema support, and this post from...
  • Blog Post: Links - Jan 05 2007

    Hope everyone had a great first week of 2007. I'm just trying to adjust to being back at work myself. Here are a handful of interesting links from the week: The enchanted office This was brought to my attention yesterday. It's a comic meant to show the story of the new Office 2007 user interface...
  • Blog Post: “Directions on Microsoft” Report on Open XML formats

    There is a new report out from Directions on Microsoft that discusses the new Open XML formats, and the impact on Office customers. It discusses the benefits that organizations will see from the formats, as well as some deployment recommendations. Here is a link: http://www.directionsonmicrosoft.com...
  • Blog Post: Friday Thoughts 12-01-2006

    I wanted to point out a few interesting things that have popped up over the past couple weeks: IDC Report on Open Standards Interesting study by IDC where they polled companies in Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark to try and gauge the level of interest in open document standards. As you...
  • Blog Post: Simple SpreadsheetML file (part 2 of 3)

    This is a continuation on the " Simple SpreadsheetML file Part 1 " post I made a couple weeks ago. In that post we created a SpreadsheetML file that consisted of a simple table with 3 columns and 3 rows of data (plus a header row). The table looked like this: Sub Total...
  • Blog Post: Week off

    As I just mentioned in a comment I left in last week's post, I'm actually attempting to take a bit of a break this week. We actually wrapped up the development work on Office 2007 last Friday. It's been a huge release, and it's really exciting to see it finally go out the door. I've been working on these...
  • Blog Post: Simple SpreadsheetML file Part 1 of 3

    I posted a bunch of "Intro to SpreadsheetML" posts about a year or so ago, but those were all based on the Office XP spreadsheetML format. I think an updated series based on the Open XML standard is long overdue. I'll start off just building a simple table, and in future posts show more about formatting...
  • Blog Post: Friday thoughts (Oct 27, 2006)

    I'd been meaning to post a write-up on how to create a simple SpreadsheetML document from scratch, but just haven't had the time this week to pull it all together. Hopefully I'll get that out early next week. I had already done a similar post for WordprocessingML (both for Beta 1 as well as RTM ). Here...
  • Blog Post: Performance of an XML file format for spreadsheets

    I've blogged in the past about some of the things we did with the SpreadsheetML format to help improve the performance of opening and saving those files. While a file format most likely won't affect the performance of an application once the file is loaded, it can significantly impact the performance...
  • Blog Post: More on content controls

    I posted earlier this year on the support for custom defined schema in wordprocessingML via the new content controls functionality. The key reason for opening the file formats was to make Office a more valuable platform for solution builders. We wanted folks to have the ability to take Office documents...
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