Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    New content on OpenXmlDeveloper.org

    With the release of Office 2007 Beta 2 and publication of a working draft of the Ecma spec for Office Open XML, there has been a lot of excitement in the Open XML community this week. There is also some great new content on the OpenXmlDeveloper.org site this week, including an example of how to generate a Word table from a data source and Trang Luu's handy custom UI editor. Head on over to OpenXmlDeveloper.org and check it out!
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    Tour of the Office Open XML draft spec

    I recently mentioned on this blog that the Ecma TC45 committee had released Working Draft 1.3 of the Office Open XML Document Interchange Specification. Today, I'd like to give a little more information about what's covered and how it's organized. It's an intimidating document — over 4,000 pages — but it's much more polished and accessible than the version I wrote about on OpenXmlDeveloper.org last month. Brian Jones's Blog Brian Jones has posted some great information about the draft spec...
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    Office 2007 at the movies

    Yesterday the Office 2007 evangelism team sponsored an outing to Crossroads movie theater in Bellevue. Everyone from DPE, plus a few other Office-related folks, were invited to attend the new movie "The Da Vinci Code," and before the movie started we did a demo of some of the coolest features of Office 2007 that allow developers to merge the worlds of data and documents. It was fun to demo Office on a huge movie-theater screen! First Don Campbell showed off how easily the Office clients can be...
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    Office Compatibility Pack

    Mark Pregen sent me an email yesterday ... In your blog, you say " The converters for Office XP and Office 2003 will be available when Beta 2 becomes publicly available, and they’ll be a free download ." It's publicly available now ... where do we get these converters? Good question, Mark. You can get them right here . Install the Compatibility Pack and you'll be able to read and write the new Office Open XML file formats from Office XP or Office 2003.
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    Office 2007 Developer Videos

    The Office 2007 evangelism team has been working for months to get out the word about the world of possibilities in the 2007 Office System. That work has resulted in a set of How-Do-I screencasts that each demonstrate a specific hands-on task: create a web part, customize the ribbon, set up Excel Services, and so on. They're all live as of this morning, so click here to check them out. Trainer Ted Pattison will have you writing code that works seamlessly with Office 2007 in no time. And now that...
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    Office 2007 Beta 2: now available!

    The long-awaited Beta 2 build of Office 2007 is now available, as of 9:00AM PDT today. Get all the details here. It's a public beta, so anyone can sign up and download a copy. For system requirements and Beta 2 installation tips, click here . For developers, you'll also want to get the VSTO V3 CTP that works with Beta 2, which is also available as of today. Here's where to get it. If you're doing development around the Office Open XML file formats, you'll want to install the February CTP...
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    Office 2007 Posts

    I've recently started this MSDN blog, for covering Office 2007 separate from my personal blog . But I've posted a bunch of Office 2007 items on the personal blog since the first of the year, and I'd like to keep that content with this site going forward. So the following is a list of links to posts on my personal blog that contain information of potential use to those interested in learning more about Office 2007. Enjoy! 1/3/06: What's Sharepoint . A introductory look at the most basic concepts...
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    Office 2007 Developer Videos

    If you're looking to get started on Office 2007 development, there are a bunch of great new resources in the works. My colleague Don Campbell will be publishing some cool videos on MSDN and Channel 9 soon, full of specific developer techniques: how to extend the ribbon UI, how to write a MOSS web part, how to create an Open XML document, and so on. Microsoft is so big that it sometimes feels like there are lots of people working the same problem — I just came across some great how-to videos for...
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    Ecma Office Open XML Formats Standard: draft published

    Version 1.3 of the Ecma spec has been published as of today. It's a huge document, with lots of detailed information for Open XML developers. Brian Jones has a nice overview on his blog , and you can go directly to the draft here .
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    Office 2007 Beta 2 Search

    When you install Beta 2 of Office 2007 (and I assume you will, just as soon as it's publicly available!), you'll need to install Beta 3.0 of Windows Desktop Search. The search functionality in Outlook uses Windows Desktop Search, and it rocks, but it's a separate install. Outlook will nag you until you install it, and a link is provided to download it, but if you want to get your ducks in a row before you get the beta, you can download Windows Desktop Search Beta 3.0 from here . After you install...
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