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  • Blog Post: New Office VBA site launch on MSDN

    MSDN now features a special site (also accessible via www.iheartmacros.com ) dedicated to Microsoft Office VBA - an important part of the Office 2010 value. The site presents a clear path for technically savvy users to begin learning how to customize the Office applications to meet their needs...
  • Blog Post: Office Developer Atlas Released

    The Office Developer Atlas interactive training tool (built using Silverlight technology) is a great way for you to come up to speed on what developing productivity solutions with Office is all about. We've called it an atlas because it's designed to give you a series of training segments that help you...
  • Blog Post: Helpful Content Links for Getting Started with Office Development

    I’m often asked for helpful content links for content around VBA, Microsoft Office Backstage view, and Ribbon. Here’s a collection: VBA Video Title URL Visual Basic for Applications Overview http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/isv/bb190543.aspx Getting Started...
  • Blog Post: VBA in Office 2010 Articles Live!

    We have published some new content about VBA in Office 2010: Getting Started with VBA in Office 2010 Getting Started with VBA in Excel 2010 Getting Started with VBA in Outlook 2010 Getting Started with VBA in PowerPoint 2010 We have an additional article, “Getting Started with VBA in Word...
  • Blog Post: VBA code I wrote this week in Excel and how it helped me

    OK—my title is kind of colloquial. But I'm in a hurry, and the title conveys the idea well enough. Here's the deal: I have a spreadsheet with a bunch of important data. But, some of the most distinctive data are all merged into one cell. To make the data more usable, I needed to parse the data elements...
  • Blog Post: Why VBA Still Makes Sense

    Not infrequently I am asked, “So, should I use VBA? Is it going to be around in Office 2010? Is it supported? Should I migrate away from VBA now? Can I count on this technology?” (Here I go with a response!) These are fair questions, because customers need to know that the software systems they employ...
  • Blog Post: Office Developer Guild is Live!

    The developer community for Microsoft Office grand and healthy. And, the knowledge and expertise in our community is pretty vast and deep. To make it easier for us to stay alert about events, up-coming content, etc. and more easily share ideas we now have the “ Office Developer Guild ”—a group of like...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Developer: What's New!

    Buckle in! This is a full-throttled post! If you’ve been following the press and the excitement around our partner conference (WPC) this week you have heard that we have opened up the treasure-house of information regarding Office 2010 . I’m going to give you some information about what is new in terms...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 for Developers: Conference moving to SharePoint Conference 2009

    As I spent a ton of time at Tech Ed, I was super impressed by the immense amount of interest in Office 2010. I know the excitement will only grow, and one of the best ways for you, the devoted Office Developer, to get inside, in-depth, in-person exposure to all things Office 2010 and SharePoint is at...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2009 Is History!

    TechEd 2009 is a done deal. I wanted to toss out a few observations from the event. Here’s what really stood out: 1) The overall mood was pleasantly up-beat and the attendance was solid. The economic times have hit every budget everywhere, but the tempo was not sagging at TechEd. I heard a number...
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