I have been receiving some emails from developers who can't wait to start playing around with Office "12" and that want to know how to enroll to the Beta 2 program. I don't manage the program, but I just talked with someone from the Office "12" Partner Readiness Team and here's what you have to do:
For Beta 1:
Office 12 Beta 1 is a limited, non-public beta for partners who have achieved the Information Worker Solutions Competency status. You can learn more about the Information Worker Solutions Competency by visiting https://partner.microsoft.com/global/competency/iwsolutions/40010101
For Beta 2:
To register for Office “12” Beta 2, available later this spring, please go to http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/default.mspx and click the “register now” link at the top of the page.
I encourage you to register and start experimenting with Office "12". I have been playing around with Office "12" for some time and every day I get surprised while I discover new features.
Today I was working with Excel "12" and I made some demo graphics that present some MSDN traffic results. I really like the professional and cool look that you can get when you are building charts and they are quite easy to customize.
So if you want to start playing around with Office "12" too, follow the previous instructions and I am sure you will have a blast!
Look what I just found: 101 Visual Basic and C# Code Samples. The www has lots of great things out there and sometimes we can't know about all of them. I have ended finding many good code samples by accident and I am always happy to find them; it's almost as good as when you find money in the pocket of a jacket you haven't used in a while.
An interesting thing of developing Office applications using managed code is that you always need knowledge of how to work with multiple .NET assemblies to accomplish different tasks. Even if you are a great developer and already know a bunch of classes, it always comes handy to learn best practices. Here is a list of some code samples you can find in there:
...and more, in fact 101 great code samples that are good to keep in your jacket's pocket.
To view the list of Office "12" bloggers from my previous blog entry you must have Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later and the Microsoft Office 2003 Web Components.
For those of you that have a different browser here's the list:
If you were using a SharePoint site, you would also need to build a web part that displays any Web page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 and this would take you longer. Using Excel Services, it took me less than a minute to add and configure a web part that displays an Excel Spreadsheet.
If you want to learn more about Excel Services, don't miss the opportunity to read David Gainer's blog. By the way, one of the Excel Spreadsheets that I wanted to share with my team is a growing list of Office "12" bloggers. I wish I could show you all a running Excel Services web part. I can't run Excel Services in my blog so I went for the Web page 1 approach to share with you my Office "12" bloggers list.
As a developer, I was quite excited to learn that Office "12" will allow you to save documents as PDF/XPS. Since that moment, I have been quite surprised to see excitement around that feature. I am now happy to learn more about XPS. You should read Jeff Bell's blog and Andy Simonds's blog to learn more about this.
For those of you who have been asking through my blog and email if this functionality (Save As PDF) is going to be exposed in the API the answer is YES! Office PIAs will have methods that expose this functionality. The details and sample code will be available after we ship Beta 2.
If you want to learn more about Windows Vista and Microsoft Office "12", you can enroll to the ISV Touchdown Briefings for Windows Vista and Microsoft Office "12."
The Office "12" preview includes the following:
I have given my blog a long winter vacation and here I am back and quite excited to start writing more news related with Office "12." This is going to be a great year for Microsoft with Windows Vista and Office "12" being shipped; everybody here at Microsoft is starting this year full on energy, enthusiasm, and hard work for all of you.
I am currently working on the content plan for MSDN and Office "12" and the current wish list that I am building contains a proposed set of technical articles, columns, quickstarts, recommended books, white papers, code samples, screen casts, and product team video interviews (we are working close to Channel 9 to produce great videos that are valuable for Office developers). We are defining specific content items for each of the following products and features:
If you have been reading Office "12" blogs (Brian Jones, Jensen Harris, David Gainer, Jeff Bell, and Brendan Busch have extraordinary Office "12" blogs), you are enrolled to Office "12" Beta program (if you want to register go here), or you are just interested in what's new for developers in Office "12" and SharePoint, and if you have recommendations of articles, code samples, interviews or anything that you think is a must have for Office developers, please let me know. Write your own wish list and feel free to let us know what you and/or your customer would love to see and keep visiting this site to learn more about what's coming for Office "12."
I wish you all a great 2006 year full of happiness, health, work, and good things.