We are in the process of migrating the Office Developer Center and all the MSDN Library Office developer content to MSDN2! I love to blog about anything related to Office development, but this time I will share with you some information related with MSDN that you might find interesting.
What is MTPS and MSDN2?
Tim Ewald, Kim Wolk and Craig Andera are the principal architects behind a new online delivery and rendering infrastructure better known as MSDN/TechNet Publishing System (MTPS). This new platform supports MSDN2 and the alpha version was released to customers on September 2004. The MSDN Library was the first to use the new system.
MSDN provides two major venues for developer content. The MSDN Library allows users to browse developer content for all Microsoft products and technologies that have a developer story. It contains technical articles, reference documentation, and sample code, and organizes nodes in a new treeview navigation that avoids the use of frames and reflects the current page URLS's. On the other hand, MSDN Developer Centers pull together content and resources around specific products and technologies. They connect developers with code samples, community sites, technical articles and documentation, upcoming events, and much more. The MSDN Office Developer Center (ODC) provides a road map to help developers understand and work with Office System programs, servers, services, tools, and technologies. The MSDN Library and some MSDN Developer Centers have been migrated to MSDN2.
Some of the key benefits offered by MSDN2 are:
And there are more benefits such as alternates, revisions, and versions. I strongly recommend you to read Tim Ewald's article Designing URLs for MSDN2 if you want to learn more about MSDN2 URL improvements. Read also Craig Andera's MSDN article: Consuming MSDN Web Services.
We are migrating!
The MSDN Office Developer Center team has been working for the past few months on migrating all Office MSDN Library content and the MSDN Office Developer Center to MSDN2. The volume of technical content assets and ODC pages for Office were a great challenge for us, and I am pleased to say that we are almost done. The new MSDN2 Office Developer Center went live a few minutes ago! I have to warn you though; we are still migrating, so in the next couple of weeks you may find some broken links on some ODC pages. We published all Office 2007 articles and content on MSDN2, but had to migrate all the Office 2003, Office XP, and Office 2000 developer content to the MSDN2 servers. We are still working on updating ODC links for these versions and things may be a little flaky for a couple of weeks but hopefully will be fixed soon. Just as I write this blog entry, MSDN is loading redirects from our old pages to the new site. While we conclude our migration process, you can find all Office Solutions Development technical content on the MSDN Library and I encourage you to see how cool our new MSDN Office Developer Center looks like.
MSDN Office Developer Top Pages
The following table shows new URLs for some of our most viewed pages in case you are wondering what happened to them.
I am also attaching a spreadsheet with all our new URLs in case you get lost. Please feel free to send me comments if you can't find content; I will be glad to help you find your way.
In case you haven't heard the news, Microsoft announced today the 2007 Microsoft Office system release to manufacture. In terms of scope, this is the most significant release for Office since Office 95 and everyone who made this possible celebrated last Friday at our RTM party. There's a lot of people who made this possible (including beta testers and TAP customers) and we are quite satisfied with the outcome. To me it has been amazing to be part of this change and learn from all MVPs and early adopters that are already building applications with Office 2007.
In case you:
Office evolved from a set of programs to a complete family of products and technologies. Today you can extend Office and add functionality and make it be a front-end for your business applications. If you want to extend Office 2007, you must consider exploring the new Visual Studio Tools for Office Second Edition release to the web announced today!
Read more here:
Just to be a little philosophical and to make this blog entry a little more emotional than informative. I just think sometimes human beings lose their capacity to be surprised with things. We take for granted stuff that makes our life easier and sometimes we don't stop to think of how amazing things are and the work it takes to build them. I think Office has changed the World in terms of software and it continues to change the World and the way we all work. I just want to say congratulations and thank you to all the people who made this possible. Office 2007 is brilliant.
Jim Alchin says it's time! More info about the press release coming soon. In the meantime, every developer should download the .NET Framework 3.0 and start having fun!
Congratulations to the Windows Division.
Just some random thoughts before I go on vacation, stay a week OOF without my laptop, and try not to think about the things I didn't finish before I leave.
We fixed a typo and added required EULA information to the download page. We republished the three Office development posters as pdf files:
The download family page is still the same:
A lot of people complained about the packaging and we are commited to make you happy.
Office Live is ready to rock:
This week we launched the new release of Office Live. Check out the CNBC news story and the Office Live site. Office Live provides a platform for developers to create a wide range of online business solutions for small businesses including hosted Web sites and collaborative applications. You can explore developer resources that will help you create your custom online solutions at the Office Live Developer Portal.
Office 2007 is now available to MSDN Subscribers!
As an MSDN subscriber, you can download the final version of Office 2007 and begin building your applications today. If you are an MSDN subscriber, you can download the final version here.
See you in a week,
This is an absolute MUST SEE. You should visit the new redesigned Office Online site! http://www.office.microsoft.com
The site has a new information architecture and a very cool Ribbon-like UI. It also provides personalization and tons of how-to topics to help you work with all Office versions. I love their tabs!
Congrats to the Office Online team, the site is absolutely awesome!