With Visual Studio 2008, you can build a solution that incorporates the native capabilities of an Office client application combined with the sophisticated UI capabilities of Windows Presentation Foundation that's connected to remote data and services via Windows Communication Foundation and uses the rabid development features of LINQ to manipulate that data.

In the December issue of MSDN Magazine, Andrew Whitechapel walks you through the construction of a simple application to demonstrate that all the new Visual Studio 2008 technologies (WPF, WCF, and LINQ) work seamlessly with Office solutions.There are two processes involved: a standalone WCF service hosted in a console application and a VSTO add-in running in Word 2007.

Don't forget to review the sample code online, and be sure to check out the other WPF, WCF, and Visual Basic development information available in MSDN Magazine, as well as the .NET Framework Developer Center.

 

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