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Getting Ready for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 + MSDN Redesign + New MSDN Open XML Developer Portal

Getting Ready for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 + MSDN Redesign + New MSDN Open XML Developer Portal

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It’s been a while since I had an opportunity to blog. When I am quiet it usually means I am up to something :).

Getting Ready for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010

This are exciting times for Office and SharePoint developers. While we have released some interesting news about Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 already, there’s a lot more coming for the SharePoint Developer Conference and Beta 2.

We currently have more than 100 items in the publishing queue to be released between the SP Conference and after Beta 2, plus some great improvements and new pages being built for MSDN Office and MSDN SharePoint Developer Centers. Expect a lot of articles, videos, code samples, and more in the upcoming months.

Moving forward I will focus more on blogging about Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 for developers and will share related stories and links to others who are doing the same. Here are a few blogs that you should definitely follow if you are interested in developer documentation for Office and SharePoint:

Office 2010 Developer Documentation and Code Samples

SharePoint 2010 Developer Documentation and Code Samples

Office 2010 & SharePoint 2010 Developer Documentation and Stories

I’ll also be attending the SharePoint Developer Conference. It’s always refreshing to have an opportunity to talk to Office and SharePoint developers. I’ll be at the ATE tables and hanging out at the Office developer booths. Hope to see some of you there.

MSDN Redesign

While we work on 2010 content, we are also getting MSDN Office and MSDN SharePoint ready to be revamped with the new MSDN redesign. Scott Hanselman has already shared a preview of this look-and-feel in his blog. Here are a couple snapshots for your delight:

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Soon MSDN Office and MSDN SharePoint will get this look. I particularly like that this new set of UI and improvements make the sites more community focused and looking as fresh and cool as the Expression site and the Silverlight site.

This are also exciting times to work with the MSDN team. Scott will be blogging more about this project. If you are into MSDN, you should also check out the Inside MSDN & TechNet blog for more news about MSDN improvements.

Revamped Open XML Developer Center

If you are into Open XML like me, you may have noticed that in the last couple years we have published a lot more articles, Visual How-tos, and code samples for Open XML developers. We have mainly focused in writing more about the Open XML SDK 2.0.

For that same reason, the Open XML Developer Center needed to grow and be organized in a way that would simplify discoverability of content and expose better ways to access content, including videos.

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Because we didn’t want to wait until Beta 2 to release this site, we decided to take it live yesterday. Open XML SDK 2.0 developers are interested in finding more articles and guidance and we hope the improvements made to this site can simplify the time you spend learning Open XML and using the Open XML SDK 2.0.

Here are the links that get you to all our new and redesigned pages.

Home Page
Downloads
Learn Open XML
| Getting Started
| Articles
| How Do I Videos
| SDK
| Training
| Webcasts and Videos
Scenarios
Technologies
| OPC
| Excel
| PowerPoint
| Word
Community

These pages were optimized for the new MSDN redesign I discussed previously, so they will look even better once MSDN makes the switch to the new MSDN design.

Eric White from my team owns the content of this portal and will be blogging soon about more details about this project.

Looking forward to great times and to sharing new content for MSDN Office and MSDN SharePoint!

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