Microsoft Office 2010 Beta is a broadly extensible platform for building information worker productivity solutions and developing for Office with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 makes this easy. The Office 2010 Developer Training Kit content is designed to help you get started developing solutions, from add-ins to full featured Office Business Applications (OBAs), using Visual Studio 2010 with Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 as the core platform.
Therefore, just click the new button on the Office Learning Center on Channel 9 page. This training kit is an offline complement to the Office Learning Center and provides you with links to the videos but you’ll have the hands-on labs (HOLs), source code and presentations conveniently available on your machine. This is the same content that we developed for our ISV early adoption program called Metro, that we are now making broadly available to Office developers everywhere! If you are an ISV that’s interested in participating in our early adoption program for Office or SharePoint, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. But in any case, whether an ISV developing a product on top Office, an enterprise developer looking for ways to enable process efficiencies through Office customization and SharePoint integration, or a developer that wants to just build cool add-ins for Office, I invite you to download the training kit and get started. The possibilities and scenarios that are now available with Office and Office coupled with SharePoint 2010 are very exciting.
Each of the HOLs in the training kit have a number of exercises to incrementally expose you to the concepts and help build your skills. The labs included in the training kit are:
As with anything like this, it’s an effort of a lot of people so my thanks to the broad array of Microsoft team members involved in this content, our partner Southworks for their work on the kit structure and download and Chris Predeek of Critical Path Training for his excellent and hard work on the kit content.
There will be more to come, so stay tuned to the Office Learning Center on Channel 9. And don’t forget to check for new resources coming online at the Office Developer Center on MSDN.
Lastly, I love resources like this! Check out John Durant’s blog for a gold mine of links to excellent Office developer content!