June, 2006

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    Dan Bricklin Interviews Alan Yates

    Speaking of FUD (below), it's refreshing when you hear two class acts calmly discussing the state of their industry. Dan Bricklin, inventor of the spreadsheet, interviewed Alan Yates, GM of Office business strategy, at a Microsoft reception at TechEd Monday evening, and Dan has put it on his blog as a podcast . There's no cheap shots and no hype, just a frank discussion of the Google spreadsheet announcement, and some good high-level information about related topics such as Infopath 2007's support...
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    Living In The Past

    There have been some strange FUD-based arguments put forth around file formats lately. You'd think people would feel good about the openness that the industry has embraced: ODF is now ISO-ratified , and Open XML is moving rapidly through the Ecma standards process . The debate has shifted from "who has the best proprietary format?" to "which is the most flexible and capable open format?" -- that's great news for users, right? Of course it is. But some folks still seem to fear that the sky is falling...
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    Office Business Applications

    Office Business Applications, or OBAs, are a new breed of business solutions built on the 2007 Microsoft Office System. These applications feature the familiar people-ready interfaces that users already know and love in Word, Excel, Outlook and Sharepoint, combined with back-end data from line of business (LOB) applications and MOSS 2007 sites. Two converging trends make OBAs possible. The first is the increasingly ubiquitous presence of internet connectivity. Most white-collar workers are always...
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    WinFX becomes .NET 3.0

    To clarify Microsoft's development-tools strategy and make it easier for developers to understand the growing Microsoft development platform, a new change has been announced this afternoon: WinFX will henceforth be known as version 3.0 of the .NET framework. This does not affect the technologies themselves: all the cool things you've seen coming in WinFX, such as WPF, WCF, Workflow, and other new APIs, will all be part of .NET 3.0. Only the name has changed, and nothing else. To make it perfectly...
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    Open XML at TechEd and Codeplex

    If you're going to be at TechEd in Boston next week, be sure to check out Brian Jones's presentation on the Office Open XML file formats. It's Wednesday at 5:30, and Brian has all the details on his blog . If you've been doing any development around Open XML since the release of Beta 2, head on over to OpenXmlDeveloper.org and share what you know, or get your questions answered. We're starting to see more activity now that Beta 2 is out and the working draft of the Ecma spec has been published...
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    Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

    If you're doing complicated CSS markup, or just doing something simple like hacking up the CSS on your MSDN blog (for example :-)), there's a tool you must have: the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar . It adds the above toolbar to your browser, which can be used to quickly and easily drill down into the details of the structure of the page you're viewing: the DOM, the HTML and CSS markup, image sizes, and so on. It also has handy features for resizing your browser to specific resolutions...
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    VSTO Cypress: Full Support for Office 2007!

    If you're a VSTO developer looking to get a head-start on Office 2007 development, life has been complicated lately because the available versions of VSTO didn't support Office 2007. Well, as of yesterday life got simpler with the release of "Cypress," a a free add-on for Visual Studio 2005 that enables you to build VSTO solutions for the 2007 Microsoft Office System. The VSTO team blog has all the details here . There's also a very informative video on Channel 9 that my colleague Christin Boyd...
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    No time to learn Office 2007? Start here ...

    The 2007 Microsoft Office System has so much new functionality and so many new features that it's a bit intimidating. Where do you start learning? You can download the beta, of course, and many people have done just that -- there were 500,000 downloads in the first two days it was available. But if you've been too busy to do that, or you can't install the beta for some reason (fascist IT policies, for example :-)), here are three links to help you get up to speed quickly on what's new in Office...
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    Google's Spreadsheet: Excel It Ain't

    Google has decided to enter the spreadsheet business, and starting today they're taking applications for participation in the beta. It will be some type of web application, with an HTML-based thin-client UI, but most of the details haven't been announced yet. You can take an extremely simple tour here , but it's just three screenshots and a few bulleted items describing bare-bones spreadsheet functionality. The press is describing this as a competitor to Excel, which is a stretch. Google's offering...
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    BI and Data Warehousing Webcasts

    Office 2007 will deliver a wide array of new BI capabilities, especially when combined with the BI and data warehousing features of SQL Server 2005. If you're new to BI and DW, or just new to SQL 2005, there are four info-packed TechNet webcasts coming in the weeks ahead that you'll want to check out. You can learn about SQL Server's BI and DW now, and be ready to build on that knowledge with Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007 when it's released later this year. Here are the details, with...
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