Doug Mahugh - Office Interoperability

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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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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    BDC Metadata Generator

    If you're wondering where to start in learning to create BDC( Business Data Catalog) connectors to back-end relational data sources, here's a tool that can save you time: Jonah Burke's Database Metadata Generator . It's a Codeplex project, so anyone can download it and use it, or download the source code to see how it works. The generated metadata is pretty simple for now and doesn't support all of the options that the BDC provides for, but it's a great learning tool and its capabilities will...
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    Adbobe Picks a File-Format Fight

    The last two weeks have seen a big increase in the amount of press coverage and blog discussions of file-format issues. Working draft 1.3 of the Open XML spec is out , Office 2007 Beta 2 was released, and now Adobe is threatening legal action regarding Office's built-in support for the PDF and XPS formats. My colleague Don Campbell forwarded me some information about the Wall Street Journal piece that broke the story this morning, but if you're not an WSJ subscriber you can also read the story...
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    Sharepoint as a Platform

    There's some interesting info on Microsoft's presspass site about how various developers are building on the Sharepoint platform. Learn more here. We're seeing a lot of creative work taking place in the Sharepoint community these days, and it's good to see some of our partners in the Office TAP program on the list.
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    Bangalore GTSC

    I came across an interesting video on Channel 9 today: an interview with Mandar Naik about the growth of Microsoft's Global Technical Support Center in Bangalore . Coincidentally, I was in Bangalore for an Office developer workshop in March, and had a chance to tour the brand-new building being constructed for the GTSC. Pali, the local developer evangelist, drove me over there on his scooter and we looked around. I snapped a few pictures -- that's Pali in the pool shot, in the break room at the...
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    Kate Wolf Wins a Telly

    A few of my colleagues have put together something a little different: Office Noir , a cartoon about Office 2007 development features. It features a sassy private detective named Kate Wolf who uses Office technology to solve cases. Excel Services co-starred in the first episode , and the RibbonX interface makes an appearance in the second episode . More episodes are in the works, and those who know the Office evangelism team may find it interesting to guess whose voice plays several of the parts...
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    Smart Skin and Office 2007

    One of my favorite blogs is Sviokla's Context . The author, former Harvard professor John Sviokla, has a unique perspective on technology-related business issues. His interesting posts often turn conventional wisdom upside-down, and he illustrates his points with real-world examples. No theoretical pontificating, just acute observation of what's really going on in business these days. There's a new post on John's blog today entitled "How Smart is Your Skin? Information as an Organizational Problem...
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