Kevin Boske - VSTA

Kevin Boske - VSTA Program Manager

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  • Blog Post: OpenXML Package Editor RTW with VSTO Powertools!

    Back when we were working heavily on the OpenXML file format developer tools, many of us were using zip and Notepad to edit the OpenXML files. Tom Underhill from the Office graphics team made all our lives easier with a VS package for editing OpenXML files. I used it quite a bit during the OpenXML code...
  • Blog Post: Open XML API CTP Released!

    I've been quiet on the blog these past few months. I've been juggling work, a new baby (and a toddler) and some remodel plans, so extra-curricular activities like blogging have taken a back seat. But today at TechEd 2007, we released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of a managed-code Open XML...
  • Blog Post: OpenXML Meetup

    Doug has posted some pictures of a meetup we had last week with the OpenXML developers group: http://www.mahugh.com/images/blog/2007/03/15/openxmldevelopers.jpg That's me, in the back, to the left of Brian Jones (The) trying to be seen over some of the guys from Sonata. It was really fun to meet...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Code Snippets on Channel 9 - UPDATE

    I recorded a screencast for Channel9 last week in which I walk you through a few of the code snippets we shipped for working with Office Open XML files using .NET 3.0. I take you through three snippets: 1. How to find the officeDocument part, or "start part" - This snippet is particularly useful....
  • Blog Post: Open XML File Format Snippets RTW!

    We've released the final version of the code snippets I told you about back in June . These are the same snippets, updated with the final schemas and namespaces that we used in the shipping version of 2007 Office System. There are 40 scenarios that enable you to write code in VB.NET and C# to access...
  • Blog Post: (almost) Everything Shipped!

    Okay, I've been out for a couple of days, taking some time after shipping Office 2007 and getting ready for another product delivery (our second child, a girl, due anytime ). While I was busy getting baby stuff out of storage, the rest of the company kept busy shipping great products for 2007. Here's...
  • Blog Post: Programmatically opening & saving the new default file formats in previous versions of Office

    Matt Scott, of the Word Team, has a great post on The Microsoft Office Word Team's Blog : Programmatically opening & saving the new default file formats in previous versions of Office . He's posted a piece of code to make it easier for you to save to the Open XML file formats from the previous versions...
  • Blog Post: The ActiveX in Office Open XML Compendium - Part 1 Persistence

    Vijayeta Tilak has been posting a lot of info lately on the OpenXMLDeveloper site and posted this about ActiveX in OpenXML . Its a good post, but there's a bit more to the story, and I've been meaning to post the details on ActiveX control support in Office Open XML and the changes to controls in...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Code Snippets Live!

    Yesterday our folks at Office Online released the first set of the Open XML Code Snippets to the web. These snippets work with Visual Studio.NET 2005 and are written in C# and VB.NET using the WinFX (oops) .NET 3.0 System.IO.Packaging API. When we started working on these, I had a list of over 150...
  • Blog Post: Ecma Draft Available!

    I've been a lazy blogger lately. We're all heads down shipping Beta2 of Office 2007, and I've been working on the Office Open XML Validator design and code snippets. The code snippets are going through the process for shipping them a little after Beta2. But the big news of the day is that Ecma has...
  • Blog Post: Tools for working with Office Open XML files

    I've been asked if we are planning to release tools to help developers work with the new Office Open XML files. So I thought I'd run down what we currently have planned. Beta 2 Code Snippets At Office 2007 Beta2 we will have ~50 VS 2005 code snippets for working with Office Open XML files. These...
  • Blog Post: OpenXMLDeveloper.org is Live!

    Bill just announced the OpenXMLDeveloper.org community live at the Office Developer Conference a few minutes ago. We already have a bunch of members to the community and we hope all of you will come and join. This is a great chance to be a founding member of a new developer community. Brian and...
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