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  • Blog Post: Using RibbonX with C++ and ATL

    Today's Guest Writer: Eric Faller Eric is a Software Design Engineer on the Office User Experience team focused on user interface extensibility for Office developers. Another source of frequently-asked RibbonX questions is around the complexity of writing an add-in in C++. Compared to the ease...
  • Blog Post: RibbonX Image FAQ

    Today I'm delighted to present a new guest writer to the blog: Eric Faller, Software Design Engineer on the Office User Experience Team. Eric is one of the developers on our team who helped to design and implement RibbonX, the user interface extensibility model for Office developers. Today's...
  • Blog Post: Licensing the 2007 Microsoft Office User Interface

    For the last year or so, one of the questions I've been asked again and again has been: "Can I use the new Office user interface in my own product?" On one hand, it's an immensely satisfying question to hear, because it means that others in the industry believe in the value of what we've built and...
  • Blog Post: Developer Resources for Office 2007 RTM

    Now that we've released Office 2007 to manufacturing, developers can get started modifying their solutions so that they're ready to test with the released version of Office. Final versions of the RibbonX schema and Control ID list will be published on MSDN soon, but that can take a while—so I'll continue...
  • Blog Post: Final Schema for RibbonX-based Solutions

    This morning, I posted the final customUI XML schema for creating Office 2007 RibbonX-based solutions. You can use this schema to develop solutions that will work with the upcoming final release of Office 2007; it will also continue to work just fine with Beta 2 Technical Refresh. The changes from...
  • Blog Post: RibbonX Updates for B2TR

    Today's Guest Writer: Savraj Dhanjal Savraj is a Program Manager on the Office User Experience team focused on user interface extensibility for Office developers. As you may have discovered, we made a few tweaks to the UI developer story in Beta 2 Technical Refresh. The biggest change is the updated...
  • Blog Post: Ribbon Extensibility: A VBA Sample

    Today's Guest Writer: Savraj Dhanjal Savraj is a Program Manager on the Office User Experience team focused on user interface extensibility for Office developers. Now that you've got Beta 2, you can download and open RxDemo.xlsm , a new file format document that uses RibbonX and works on Beta 2. ...
  • Blog Post: RibbonX Resources

    Today's Guest Writer: Savraj Dhanjal Savraj is a Program Manager on the Office User Experience team focused on user interface extensibility for Office developers. Yesterday Jensen linked to the Ribbon developer center . It's where we are bringing together all of our content on Ribbon Extensibility...
  • Blog Post: RibbonX Control Type Tour, Part 3

    Today's Guest Writer: Savraj Dhanjal Savraj is a Program Manager on the Office User Experience team focused on user interface extensibility for Office developers. This week, we'll take a look at the gallery control. It's one of the most important controls in the new Office 2007 user experience, and...
  • Blog Post: Finding a New Purpose

    Today's Guest Writer: Savraj Dhanjal Savraj is a Program Manager on the Office User Experience team focused on user interface extensibility for Office developers. Today we're going to take a break from control types to highlight one of the more powerful features exposed by RibbonX: Command Repurposing...
  • Blog Post: RibbonX Control Type Tour, Part 2

    Today's Guest Writer: Savraj Dhanjal Savraj is a Program Manager on the Office User Experience team focused on user interface extensibility for Office developers. Hey everyone! Another week, another batch of RibbonX controls and attributes. You can use last week's markup wrapper to create valid XML...
  • Blog Post: RibbonX Control Type Tour, Part 1

    Today's Guest Writer: Savraj Dhanjal Savraj is a Program Manager on the Office User Experience team focused on user interface extensibility for Office developers. This week, we'll look at the different types of buttons you can create with RibbonX. The Ribbon is a two-dimensional UI space, and as...
  • Blog Post: Hollywood Meets Office Add-ins

    Today's Guest Writer: Savraj Dhanjal Savraj is a Program Manager on the Office User Experience team focused on user interface extensibility for Office developers. One of the key design features of RibbonX is the "pull" model, a model where Office asks add-in controls for their state. Though different...
  • Blog Post: Good Service for Add-ins

    Today's Guest Writer: Savraj Dhanjal Savraj is a Program Manager on the Office User Experience team focused on user interface extensibility for Office developers. For Office 2007, we built the UI extensibility model around a simple idea: If your add-in or solution is installed, its UI customizations...
  • Blog Post: Hello World, For Real

    Today I present guest writer Savraj Dhanjal, Program Manager on the Office User Experience Team. He is one of the members of our team focused on user interface extensibility for Office developers. Articles on the Office 2007 user interface developer story will be published every Thursday for the next...
  • Blog Post: Because You Want To, Not Because You Have To

    You've written an add-in to Microsoft Word. It creates an entry point at the bottom of the Tools menu. "Crikey! There is no Tools menu. Call Sgt. Pepper immediately!" We know there are thousands of add-ins, macros, and other projects that extend Office or use it to host UI. Exactly none of these...
  • Blog Post: It All Adds Up

    Microsoft Office is more than a suite of applications. It's also an important development platform. A change as big as the new Office 12 user interface has implications for developers. There are thousands of publicly available add-ins written to take advantage of Office. Many companies have also...
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